News for 30 Mar 2012

FIDH and Viasna joint statement on political persecution of Siarhei Kavalenka

30.03.2012 FIDH and Viasna joint statement on political persecution of Siarhei Kavalenka

On 24 February 2012, the Pervomaisk District Court in Vitebsk sentenced opposition activist Siarhei Kavalenka to two years and one month imprisonment, having found him guilty of evading serving a punishment of supervised release.

Bykhau police chief denies prosecution for forgery

30.03.2012 Bykhau police chief denies prosecution for forgery

An investigator of Bykhau district police has refused to initiate prosecution of policeman Vital Vashchyla for alleged falsification of signature in administrative charges brought against local resident Aliaksandr Shachanok, despite the fact that two expert examinations stated the signature did not belong to Mr. Shachanok.

Valery Shchukin fined BYR 1,190,000

30.03.2012 Valery Shchukin fined BYR 1,190,000

Orsha court has found human rights defender Valery Shchukin guilty of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and fined him BYR 1,190,000.

30.03.2012 European Parliament publishes full text of critical resolution on Belarus

The European Parliament (EP) has published the full text of its critical resolution on Belarus that was adopted on March 29.

Former prisoner appeals detention conditions

30.03.2012 Former prisoner appeals detention conditions

Mrs. Alena Dubovik, detained by riot police during a benefit concert in Minsk on 24 March and sentenced to three days of arrest, has lodged a complaint with the city’s prosecuting authorities against illegal actions by the police during her arrest and the poor detention conditions in Minsk detention center in Akrestsin Street.

Human rights defender Shchukin detained in Orsha

30.03.2012 Human rights defender Shchukin detained in Orsha

Human rights defender Valery Shchukin was detained by Orsha police in the court building where three key opposition leaders stood trial yesterday.

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