News for June 2012

29.06.2012 Arrested Youth Activist Goes on Hunger Strike

Paviel Vinahradau — the leader of Zmiena movement — went on hunger strike.

29.06.2012 Ashton: Stop the repressions in Belarus

EU High Representative calls to stop all acts of harassment of the opposition, media and civil society.

Disgraceful facts of torture by Minsk police

28.06.2012 Disgraceful facts of torture by Minsk police

The mother of Pavel Plaksa, who was detained on suspicion of committing a theft on May 30, 2012, demands to conduct a full-scale investigation into the facts of using torture against her son. After the arrest, Pavel Plaksa was taken to Minsk Leninski District Police Department, where he was reportedly subjected to torture by the policemen.

28.06.2012 Belarusian political prisoners in UN spotlight

The United Nations Human Rights Council discusses two countries – Syria and Belarus – at its 20th session.

Police drag on investigation into mass illegal arrests

28.06.2012 Police drag on investigation into mass illegal arrests

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the Center for Legal Transformation “Lawtrend” are urging the Investigative Committee and Minsk City Prosecutor’s Office to speed up the investigation into the cases of mass arbitrary detentions at a concert organized by the Food Not Bombs campaign in Minsk-based “Yo-Ma-Yo” club on 24 March.

28.06.2012 Pavel Svyardlou's appeal to be considered on June 29

It has been sent to Minsk city court.

28.06.2012 Statkievich Held in Solitary Confinement

Details remain unknown.

27.06.2012 The Ministry of Information will fight against extremism and terrorism

The Ministry of Information, together with the Border and Customs Committees of Belarus, can be included into the list of state establishments that fight against terrorism and extremism.

27.06.2012 The office of the unregistered “Union of Poles” is targeted by police

At present the police are searching office No100 in Budziony Street 48A in Hrodna. It is said that that there is some press in the office which contains “anti-state calls”.

27.06.2012 Beaten and fined

Kalinkavichy residents Kanstantsin Rudzenia, 17, and his friend Natallia Malshakova have been fined by a local juvenile commission, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

23 Euros of compensation for each day of illegal arrest

27.06.2012 23 Euros of compensation for each day of illegal arrest

Mrs. Yulia Harachankova, who was detained and sentenced to five days of administrative arrest for involvement in a “silent protest” last summer, has received a compensation for the illegal arrest.

Belarus at the UN Human Rights Council Today

27.06.2012 Belarus at the UN Human Rights Council Today

Today (Wednesday 27 June), the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva discuss the situation of human rights in Belarus and the role that the international community should play. This is a decisive moment in the Council's engagement on Belarus.

27.06.2012 House of Representatives adopts law on amnesty in two readings at a time

Minister of Internal Affairs, General-Mayor of Police Ihar Shunevich presented the draft bill to the members of the House of Representatives.

27.06.2012 Committee to Protect Journalists: Belarusian authorities are taking revenge for the truth

Belarusian authorities should immediately release a critical journalist who was tried, convicted and sentenced to prison.

27.06.2012 Author of ”Musorok” arrested again

Ivan Amelchanka is reported to have been arrested at his home and sentenced to 15 days of arrest.

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