News for 23 May 2013

Mahiliou activists complain to UN Human Rights Committee

23.05.2013 Mahiliou activists complain to UN Human Rights Committee

Complaints to the international organization were sent activist of the Belarusian Popular Front “Adradzhenne” Siarhei Niahatsin and deputy chairman of the Free Trade Union of Belarus Yury Novikau.

Amnesty International releases Annual Report

23.05.2013 Amnesty International releases Annual Report

"Prisoners of conscience remained in detention; some were sentenced to increased prison terms for violating prison rules. Civil society activists, including human rights defenders and journalists, faced violations of their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association. Three men were executed," says the Belarus country section of the Report.

Human rights defenders demand freedom for Ales Bialiatski in Istanbul

23.05.2013 Human rights defenders demand freedom for Ales Bialiatski in Istanbul

Participants in the 38th Congress of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), which was opened today in Istanbul, held a rally to demand the release of prominent human rights defenders, FIDH Vice-President Ales Bialiatski and Nabeel Rajab, FIDH Deputy Secretary General.

Istanbul: FIDH 38th Congress

23.05.2013 Istanbul: FIDH 38th Congress

For a week, from Thursday, May 23, to Monday, May 27, Istanbul will become the human rights capital of the world, with more than 200 NGOs from 130 countries gathering together. Belarus is represented at the Congress by Valiantsin Stefanovich, Deputy Head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, and lawyer Pavel Sapelka.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: “The Belarusian authorities have not demonstrated a positive trend in implementing the EU conditions”

23.05.2013 Valiantsin Stefanovich: “The Belarusian authorities have not demonstrated a positive trend in implementing the EU conditions”

Valiantsin Stefanovich, Deputy Head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, does not share the optimism of the European Parliament’s Rapporteur on Belarus Justas Paleckis, who argues that the human rights situation in the country has improved recently, said he in an interview to the Interfax-West news agency.

Mahiliou resident complains of Council of Republic Chairman’s non-feasance

23.05.2013 Mahiliou resident complains of Council of Republic Chairman’s non-feasance

Aliaksei Paulouski, resident of Mahiliou, submitted a complaint of a violation of the Law “On Public Appeals” by Chairman of the Parliament’s Upper Chamber, Anatol Rubinau. The complaint has been sent to the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus.

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