News for 25 Jun 2012

Babruisk programmer keeps crying for right to alternative service

25.06.2012 Babruisk programmer keeps crying for right to alternative service

Aleh Yauzrezau, a 22-year-old programmer from the town of Babruisk, is going to make a desperate venture to secure his right to alternative service, after his claims were dismissed by local military conscription commission and later by a court.

Weekly analytical report on monitoring results: June 18 – 24

25.06.2012 Weekly analytical report on monitoring results: June 18 – 24

- The election campaign begins in unfavorable environment, on the background of political repression, in conditions of the pressure on the opposition forces and the civic society. Political prisoners continue to stay behind the bars, and the recent arrest of independent journalist Andrzej Poczobut demonstrates intensification of the repression against the independent media.

25.06.2012 UN Special Rapporteur Calls Freedom of Assembly Situation in Belarus Alarming

However, Switzerland and Canada were mentioned in negative context, too.

25.06.2012 Another report against Molchan beaten by police

Activist of European Belarus civil campaign Andrei Molchan, who was beaten by police, refused to sign a police report stating he showed disobedience to police officers.

Baranavichy state-run newspaper propagandizes early vote

25.06.2012 Baranavichy state-run newspaper propagandizes early vote

The Baranavichy-based state-owned newspaper “Nash Krai” has published an article saying that electors have the right to vote early within a week ahead of the parliamentary election scheduled for 23 September.

25.06.2012 Inmates called for “conversations” for talking to Byalyatski

Inmates of Babruisk penal colony No. 3 cannot talk to human rights activist Ales Byalyatski.

Fifth ban on pickets for free elections in Baranavichy

25.06.2012 Fifth ban on pickets for free elections in Baranavichy

Baranavichy civil activist Ryhor Hryk has received another ban on holding a picket on 1 July to demand free elections in Belarus.

Siarhei Kavalenka is in punishment cell for 10 days

25.06.2012 Siarhei Kavalenka is in punishment cell for 10 days

Siarhei Kavalenka, Vitsebsk activist of the Conservative Christian Party “Belarusian Popular Front”, sentenced to a prison term for violation of parole restrictions, has been placed in a punishment isolation cell in Mahiliou penal colony No. 19.

Vitsebsk authorities ban pickets against torture

25.06.2012 Vitsebsk authorities ban pickets against torture

Vitsebsk human rights defender Pavel Levinau will not be able to hold three pickets on June 26, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, after his applications were dismissed by the city’s executive officials.

Civil Rights Defenders: Protest against the treatment of Ales Bialiatski in prison

25.06.2012 Civil Rights Defenders: Protest against the treatment of Ales Bialiatski in prison

Ales Bialiatski has received reprimands in prison as well as being subjected to restrictive measures. Civil Rights Defenders is deeply concerned for Ales Bialiatski’s situation and urges the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenka to immediately and unconditionally release the Belarusian human rights defender, in an open letter sent on Thursday.

25.06.2012 Judge dismisses human rights defender Pahanyayla’s complaint about foreign travel ban

A district judge in Minsk on June 22 dismissed a complaint filed by prominent human rights defender Hary Pahanyayla against the interior and justice ministries over a foreign travel ban.

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