News for 20 Mar 2012

Orsha authorities ban another picket

20.03.2012 Orsha authorities ban another picket

Orsha town executive authorities have banned another picket applied for by local activists of the United Leftist Party “Fair World”.

Hrodna activist harassed ahead of Freedom Day

20.03.2012 Hrodna activist harassed ahead of Freedom Day

The Hrodna organizers of a meeting on Freedom Day (25 March) have not yet received an official reply from local executive officials.

20.03.2012 Vitsebsk resident fined for picketing in support of Siarhei Kavalenka

Judge Alena Tsyhankova of Vitsebsk Chyhunachny District Court has fined Alena Semenchukova BYR 175,000 for staging a picket of support to the imprisoned opposition activist Siarhei Kavalenka in the city center on 20 March, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

Slonim residents appeal Freedom Day meeting ban

20.03.2012 Slonim residents appeal Freedom Day meeting ban

Slonim residents Mikalai Radkevich and Ivan Sheha have lodged a complaint with Slonim District Prosecutor’s Office and Hrodna Regional Executive Committee, appealing a ban imposed on holding a meeting on Freedom Day.

20.03.2012 UN Accuses Belarus of Violating International Obligations

The United Nations Human Rights Committee voiced its grave concern over the execution of Dmitri Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalev. The latter filed a complaint to the committee, claiming fraudulent trial of his case and the pressure exerted upon him.

20.03.2012 Russia Calls on Minsk to Join Moratorium on Death Penalty

Russia wants all European countries including Belarus to join the moratorium on the death penalty, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in his interview with radio station Kommersant FM.

Belarus must release bodies of convicts executed over Minsk metro bombing

20.03.2012 Belarus must release bodies of convicts executed over Minsk metro bombing

The execution of two men convicted of carrying out a deadly metro bombing last year in Minsk has been condemned by Amnesty International as it called on the Belarus authorities to release the bodies to their families for burial.

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