News for 22 Jun 2012

Journalist Pavel Sviardlou sentenced to 15 days of arrest

22.06.2012 Journalist Pavel Sviardlou sentenced to 15 days of arrest

Judge Tatsiana Matyl of Minsk Maskouski District Court has sentenced Euroradio reporter Pavel Sviardlou to 15 days of administrative arrest on “disorderly conduct” charges.

22.06.2012 Riot in penal colony in Ivatsevichy

Inmates cut their arms and stomachs and went on hunger strike protesting against abuse of power by prison authorities.

22.06.2012 Bad Day for Journalists: Euroradio Correspondent Arrested

Paviel Sviardlou is going to be tried for hooliganism.

Another trade union activist fired

22.06.2012 Another trade union activist fired

The administration of the Mikashevichy-based Granite enterprise has reportedly dismissed Vital Pasheka, member of local independent trade union.

22.06.2012 OSCE demands to release Pachobut and to amnesty Khalip

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, condemned the arrest of Belarusian journalist.

22.06.2012 EU: The situation in Belarus has been worsening steadily

EU adopted the statement on the first anniversary of the presentation of the OSCE Rapporteur’s report on Belarus.

Tell the Truth activists sentenced to 15 days of arrest

22.06.2012 Tell the Truth activists sentenced to 15 days of arrest

Aliaksandr Artsybashau and Pavel Vinahradau, activists of the Tell the Truth civil campaign, have been sentenced to 15 days of administrative arrest each.

Belarus holds another political prisoner – journalist Andrei Pachobut

22.06.2012 Belarus holds another political prisoner – journalist Andrei Pachobut

Statement by the Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna” strongly condemns the arrest of and libel charges brought against journalist Andrei Pachobut, and views the case as politically motivated harassment aimed at sanctioning his professional activities and freedom of expression. We consider Andrei Pachobut another political prisoner and demand his immediate and unconditional release.

Head of American Bar Association sends letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on violations of international law in Belarus

22.06.2012 Head of American Bar Association sends letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on violations of international law in Belarus

William T. Robinson III, President of the American Bar Association, has sent a letter of concern to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navanethem Pillay urging her to address violations of international law in Belarus.

UN to address discrimination of women in Belarusian detention centers

22.06.2012 UN to address discrimination of women in Belarusian detention centers

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has appointed three Special Rapporteurs to monitor the situation in Belarusian pre-trial prisons, as part of the case of Brest resident Mrs. Inha Abramava.

Committee to Protect Journalists: Freedom to Poczobut!

22.06.2012 Committee to Protect Journalists: Freedom to Poczobut!

New York, June 21, 2012-Authorities in Belarus must drop the charges against a prominent journalist arrested today for libel against the president, and immediately release him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Andrzej Poczobut has been targeted in the past for his critical writing, CPJ research shows.

Vitsebsk opposition activist demands prosecution of local executive officials

22.06.2012 Vitsebsk opposition activist demands prosecution of local executive officials

Yan Dziarzhautsau, Vitsebsk activist of the Conservative Christian Party “Belarusian Popular Front”, has lodged a complaint with the city’s executive committee, demanding to prosecute local officials who have repeatedly ignored the activist’s appeals.

22.06.2012 Vinahradau and Artsybashau to be tried

It's unknown yet what charges were brought against the activists.

22.06.2012 Polish Newspaper Reporter Held In Belarus

The correspondent of a Polish newspaper has reportedly been detained by police in Belarus less than a year after serving jail time for slandering President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

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