News for 19 Jun 2012

Valiantsin Stefanovich: "The new law on amnesty is totally politically motivated, and most political prisoners are "violators"

19.06.2012 Valiantsin Stefanovich: "The new law on amnesty is totally politically motivated, and most political prisoners are "violators"

Human rights defenders have condemned the draft Law on Amnesty submitted to Parliament on June 15, calling it over-politicized. Meanwhile, Lukashenka said at a special meeting that "there should be no politics there" and that "everything must be honest."

19.06.2012 Hary Pahaniayla lodges another lawsuit against travel ban

Hary Pahaniayla, chair of the legal commission of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, has lodged tow more lawsuits against the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Justice, who were reportedly involved in imposing travel restrictions on the human rights defender, and several other Belarusian public figures, Radio Racyja reports.

19.06.2012 EU may expand blacklist of Belarusians

The European Union may expand its list of Belarusians subject to the bloc’s visa ban and asset freeze, Gunnar Wiegand, a senior official in the European External Action Service (EEAS), told reporters in Brussels on Monday, according to the online newspaper EUobserver.

Hrodna court turns down appeal by local UCP leader

19.06.2012 Hrodna court turns down appeal by local UCP leader

Hrodna Leninski District Court has dismissed a complaint lodged by Mrs. Aliaksandra Vasilevich, local leader of the United Civil Party of Belarus.

Tatsiana Reviaka: “Barys Zvozskau was not only an example of professionalism, but a friend of ours”

19.06.2012 Tatsiana Reviaka: “Barys Zvozskau was not only an example of professionalism, but a friend of ours”

The death of prominent Belarusian human rights defender Barys Zvozskau is a great loss for Belarus. Human rights defender Tatsiana Reviaka knew Barys Zvozskau for many years.

One more picket banned in Baranavichy

19.06.2012 One more picket banned in Baranavichy

Baranavichy civil activist Ryhor Hryk has received a reply from the city’s executive committee, saying that the activist’s application for holding a picket on 24 June has been dismissed.

19.06.2012 Salihorsk police were looking for anarchist in fridge

Policemen raided on a flat belonging to the parents of anarchist Dzmitry Dubouski.

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