News for 8 Oct 2013
08.10.2013 Belarusian musicians campaign against the death penalty
Belarusian musicians joined together in the project "Last Dawn", dedicated to the struggle for the abolition of the death penalty in the country.
08.10.2013 Court finds UCP activist Dzianis Rabianok guilty by refrains from punishment
On 7 October the trial of the activist of the United Civil Party Dzianis Rabianok came to an end in the town of Kalinkavichy. According to the court ruling, Mr. Rabianok was found guilty of violating article 9.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses. Nevertheless, the administrative proceedings against him were dropped due to the expiry of the legal terms of bringing to administrative responsibility.
08.10.2013 Amendments to the Electoral legislation condemned by 12 political parties and movements
The leader of the civil campaign "Tell the Truth" Uladzimir Niakliayeu believes that the amendments to the electoral laws do not allow to make the elections free, fair or transparent.
08.10.2013 Pavel Seviarynets: the system can punish innocent people with death
Co-chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Pavel Seviarynets strongly opposes the death penalty, as well as other leaders of the party. Although not all members of the party advocate the abolition of the death penalty, says Pavel Seviarynets:
08.10.2013 Officers of riot police were stealing money from citizens
A criminal case has been brought against four former riot policemen.
08.10.2013 Eduard Lobau about the cold in the penitentiary: “You freeze, have to cover your head at night”
Has the heating been turned on in the Ivatsevichy penitentiary? The mother of the political prisoner Eduard Lobau, Maryna Lobava, is concerned with this question.
08.10.2013 Freedom House considers Belaus to be a country with non-free Internet
The human rights organization “Freedom House” referred Belarus to the group of countries with non-free Internet.
08.10.2013 Petition in support of Lohvinau Publisher House supported by eight journalist organizations
The petition to the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus was signed by twenty journalists from eight journalist organizations.
08.10.2013 Publisher Ihar Lohvinau Deprived of License for Publishing Belarus Press Photo 2011
On 23 September the private entrepreneur Ihar Lohvinau was informed that his license for publishing activities had been withdrawn.
08.10.2013 PACE: the release of political prisoners and a moratorium on the death penalty are the obligatory per-requisites for the beginning of a dialogue with Minsk
The release of political prisoners and the introduction of a moratorium on the death penalty in Belarus are the obligatory conditions for the dialogue of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) with the Belarusian authorities. This is stated in the statement of the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy, published on 3 October on the site of the Assembly.
08.10.2013 Belarusian musicians speak against the death penalty
The rock concert “Last Dawn” was broadcast on-line by the web-page of the newspaper “Nasha Niva” and the websites tut.by and naviny.by. Creative persons united to remind that Belarus is the only country in Europe where the death penalty is not only permitted, but actively used.
08.10.2013 Mikalai Dziadok continues applying to the Supreme Court
The father of the political prisoner, Aliaksandr Dziadok, told the last news about his son.
08.10.2013 Political prisoner Ihar Alinevich put in solitary confinement on his birthday
Political prisoner, activist of the anarchist movement Ihar Alinevich who is serving his prison term in the Navapolatsk penitentiary, was put in solitary confinement on his birthday, 24 September.
08.10.2013 Results of “Satio” survey: society is under-informed about the death penalty
Sociological company Satio conducted a large research on crime and punishment in Belarus.
08.10.2013 In the death row cell (video)
The new video, dedicated to the topic of the death penalty, successfully combines video shots from real death row cells and a fragment of a performance which was demonstrated during the V World Congress against the Death Penalty in Madrid. The film was edited by film director Viktar Tratsiakou.