News for 20 May 2013
20.05.2013 Salihorsk: Ban on Freedom Day picket appealed to Regional Court
Activist Uladzimir Shyla is appealing a ban imposed by Salihorsk district executive committee on a mass event expected to be held on Freedom Day. The appeal will be heard by Minsk Regional Court.
20.05.2013 UN Human Rights Committee is no authority for Vitsebsk court
On May 17 the Chyhunachny District Court of Vitsebsk completed hearing the lawsuit brought by Mrs. Antanina Pivanos to demand compensation for confiscated embroidery with a prayer. On March 25, 2008 she gave it to the oppositionist Barys Khamaida, which was regarded as an unauthorized street event by the police and then by the court.
20.05.2013 Draft law to require compensation for unlawful conviction on administrative cases
It is suggested by the answer to a query of a resident of Mahiliou Aliaksandr Khamratau received from the House of Representatives deputy Uladzimir Vasilenka, Nasha Niva reports.
20.05.2013 Siarhei Drazdouski: It is impossible to achieve accessibility for people with disabilities without removing the barriers in people’s minds
A “Week of Accessibility” is held in Belarus for the first time between 17 and 21 May, organized by the Educational and Human Rights Institution “Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”
20.05.2013 Two opposition activists in Vitsyebsk fined for displaying signs against nuclear power plant project
A district judge in Vitsyebsk on Friday sentenced opposition activists Yan Dzyarzhawtsaw and Vital Kavalenka to fines for displaying signs against the construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus.
20.05.2013 Vitsebsk BPF members fined 3 mln over illegal distribution of party’s newsletter
Judge Alena Protas found Kastus Smolikau and Leanid Autukhou, both members of the Belarusian Popular Front’s Vitsebsk office, guilty of violating mass media legislation. The BPF members were charged with distributing the newsletter called “Magistrate,” more than 299 copies of which were found by the police. However, the count was conducted in a rather extraordinary way: not by copies but by “big packs” and “thick bundles” – these were the arguments mentioned in court to prove the illegal excess in the edition’s circulation.
20.05.2013 International Ice Hockey Federation at risk of legitimizing human rights violations in Belarus
We have learned that the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has confirmed at its general congress in Stockholm 16-19 May that the Republic of Belarus will host the 2014 IIHF World Championship.