News for 8 Oct 2013

Belarusian musicians campaign against the death penalty

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.

Court finds UCP activist Dzianis Rabianok guilty by refrains from punishment

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.

Amendments to the Electoral legislation condemned by 12 political parties and movements

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.

Pavel Seviarynets: the system can punish innocent people with death

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:

Officers of riot police were stealing money from citizens

08.10.2013 Officers of riot police were stealing money from citizens

A criminal case has been brought against four former riot policemen.

Eduard Lobau about the cold in the penitentiary: “You freeze, have to cover your head at night”

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.

Freedom House considers Belaus to be a country with non-free Internet

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.

Publisher Ihar Lohvinau Deprived of License for Publishing Belarus Press Photo 2011

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.

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

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.

Belarusian musicians speak against the death penalty

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.

Mikalai Dziadok continues applying to the Supreme Court

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.

Political prisoner Ihar Alinevich put in solitary confinement on his birthday

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.

Results of “Satio” survey: society is under-informed about the death penalty

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.

In the death row cell (video)

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.

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