News for 8 May 2013

Catherine Ashton urges Belarus to introduce moratorium on death penalty

08.05.2013 Catherine Ashton urges Belarus to introduce moratorium on death penalty

EU High Representative, Catherine Ashton today issued a statement condemning the death sentence imposed on a detainee of Mahiliou prison in Belarus after he murdered his cellmate.

08.05.2013 Siarhei Verameyenka gets fined for distributing printed matter without imprint

On 7 May the trial of Siarhei Verameyenka, an activist of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party, took place in Leninski District Court of Hrodna.

08.05.2013 Journalist Hruzdzilovich issued with official warning

Aleh Hruzdzilovich received an official warning, singed by the first deputy prosecutor of Minsk Ramanouski, concerning the article "Who blasted Minsk metro?"

Teacher persuades pupils not to take exams in Belarusian

08.05.2013 Teacher persuades pupils not to take exams in Belarusian

A conflict with school-leavers took place in secondary school #4 in Ivatsevichy. In one of the forms, more than a half of pupils chose the Belarusian language as a final exam.

Two Vitsebsk activists to be tried for protest against construction of Nuclear Power Plant

08.05.2013 Two Vitsebsk activists to be tried for protest against construction of Nuclear Power Plant

A member of the Conservative-Christian Party "Belarusian Popular Front" Vital Kavalenka was charged with violating the Law on Mass Events. A week ago similar charges were given to his alley Yan Dziarzhautsau.

Salihorsk Court dismisses appeal against Freedom Day picket ban

08.05.2013 Salihorsk Court dismisses appeal against Freedom Day picket ban

Salihorsk District Court didn't grant the appeal of civic activist Uladzimir Shyla against the ban of the picket he intended to hold on Freedom Day, 25 March. The trial was lead by the deputy-head of the court Ala Trafimchuk.

Anzhalika Kambalava detained and fined for picket in memory of Zakharanka

08.05.2013 Anzhalika Kambalava detained and fined for picket in memory of Zakharanka

On 7 May in Baranavichy an activist of the United Civil Party Anzhalika Kambalava was detained for holding a picket to remind the people about the missing ex-Minister of Interior, Yury Zakharanka.

Journalists Halko and Yarashevich sentenced to arrest

08.05.2013 Journalists Halko and Yarashevich sentenced to arrest

In the evening of 6 May Aliaksandr Yarashevich, a journalist of the Belarusian service of Radio "Racyja", and blogger Dzmitry Halko were detained near the metro station "Mikhalova". At about 8.40 p.m. a bus with riot policemen stopped near them, the guys were pulled into a car and taken to Maskouski District Police Department in Minsk.

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