News for 26 Jun 2012

26.06.2012 10 of Dzyadok's violations are for unbuttoned clothes

Political prisoner Mikalai Dzyadok has 12 violations of prison rules during the year.

The prison chief offered Artyom Prakapenka to apply for pardon. Alyaksandr Frantskevich does not hope to be amnestied. Ihar Alinevich does not write letters and phone, Radio Svaboda reports.

26.06.2012 Human rights group petitions prosecutor's offices to ensure observance of UN Convention against Torture

A human rights group has petitioned all prosecutor's offices in Belarus to ensure that the country observes the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

26.06.2012 Lyubou Kavalyova: “If they write like that, it's possible the wrong persons were executed!”

The mother of executed Uladzislau Kavalyou has received a letter with factual errors from the Prosecutor General's Office.

26.06.2012 Malchanau Will Not Be Released

The court rejected political prisoner’s appeal.

Supreme Court turns down complaint against police stranglers

26.06.2012 Supreme Court turns down complaint against police stranglers

The Supreme Court has dismissed a complaint lodged by Uladzimir Marozau, who appealed a previous decision to deny prosecution of policemen who reportedly attempted to strangle the disabled person during his arrest on July 6, 2011.

Former inmate of Minsk detention center criticizes prison conditions

26.06.2012 Former inmate of Minsk detention center criticizes prison conditions

Mrs. Alena Dubovik has lodged a lawsuit against Minsk police department demanding a compensation for the moral damage she reportedly suffered during her imprisonment in a detention center in Akrestsin Street in late March 2012.

Traditional defamation against opposition ahead of elections

26.06.2012 Traditional defamation against opposition ahead of elections

The Homel-based Savetski Rayon state newspaper keeps using defamation against opposition leaders, as part of a campaign traditional for pre-election period. The newspaper’s reporter Aliaksandr Yauseyenka once again says Belarusian opposition activists “are not ready for the elections”.

Judge Alena Siamak evades consideration of appeal by Valiantsin Stefanovich

26.06.2012 Judge Alena Siamak evades consideration of appeal by Valiantsin Stefanovich

It has been three months now since Valiantsin Stefanovich, deputy chair of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, urged Minsk Tsentralny District Court to appoint the date for the consideration of his appeal against illegal actions by the Ministry of Defense, who imposed foreign travel restrictions on the human rights defender.

Hlybokaye activist harassed ahead of election

26.06.2012 Hlybokaye activist harassed ahead of election

Hlybokaye opposition activist Yaraslau Bernikovich faces an unscheduled audit from local tax inspection after he announced his intention to run in the upcoming parliamentary election. According to Mr. Bernikovich, the audit of his firm called “Prefekt-Info” is directly linked to his political activities, as the tax inspection officials do not conceal the fact, saying they received “an order” from Minsk.

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