News for 18 Jun 2012
18.06.2012 Opposition activist Dashkevich transferred from cell-type room to regular prison unit
Imprisoned opposition activist Zmitser Dashkevich has been transferred from a cell-type room back to a regular unit at a correctional institution in Hlybokaye, the Belarusian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported with reference to opposition politician Paval Sevyarynets.
18.06.2012 Marek Migalski’s office launches online campaign for release of Siarhei Kavalenka
The office of Marek Migalski, Member of the European Parliament, is starting the website www.freekavalenka.org, as part of a campaign initiated by "Libereco - Partnership for Human Rights".
18.06.2012 UN Human Rights Council to discuss situation in Belarus at 20th session
The UN Human Rights Council will discuss the situation in Belarus at its 20th session that opened in Geneva on June 18.
18.06.2012 Group unveils report on rights abuses in prisons
A human rights group called Platforma on Monday unveiled a report on rights abuses in detention centers and correctional institutions in Belarus.
18.06.2012 Parliamentary elections set for September 23
Alyaksandr Lukashenka announced at a government conference on Monday that September 23 would be the main voting day in this year's elections for the House of Representatives.
18.06.2012 Woman beaten by police insists on review of her appeal
Minsk resident Sviatlana Viarheichyk, who was beaten by the police in a “silent protest” in summer 2011, says her complaint has not been properly considered by Minsk Kastrychnitski District Prosecutor’s Office.
18.06.2012 Review-Chronicle of Human Rights Violations in Belarus in May 2012
May did not bring any positive changes in the human rights situation in general and the situation of political prisoners in particular. On 24 May, while listening to a report by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Siarhei Martynau, Aliaksandr Lukashenka explicitly stated he had no intention to change his position on political prisoners: "Lately, I have been hearing more and more statements that European diplomats here are waiting for some kind of amnesty, starting talks about political prisoners, and so on. I just want to publicly say that I will not return to this subject (...) We are waiting for concrete steps from the West, the European Union. The ball is on their side. It is my firm conviction. That’s why I am not going to wait for this play on old instruments by old notes again."
18.06.2012 Orsha police chiefs justify seizure of local independent newsletter
The confiscation of a number of copies of the Nash Dom independent newsletter on 20 May was legal, says a reply from Orsha Department of Internal Affairs.
18.06.2012 Belarusian media prudent over gay issues
Belarusian mass media remain too conservative in covering LGBT-related issues, says a recent report by an information group that has conducted a monitoring of the country’s media over the past year.
18.06.2012 Investigative Committee examining complaint by wife of imprisoned opposition activist Syarhey Kavalenka
A Vitsyebsk district department of the Investigative Committee is examining a complaint by Syarhey Kavalenka’s wife about a video of the imprisoned opposition activist that has been posted on the Internet by prison officers.
18.06.2012 Assembly of NGOs urges authorities to resume dialogue with civil society
The Assembly of Non-governmental Organizations, at its congress in Minsk on June 16, adopted a resolution calling on the Belarusian authorities to resume their dialogue with civil society and end its crackdown on NGOs.