News for 9 Oct 2013
09.10.2013 Rock for human rights: Human rights defenders and musicians unite to oppose the death penalty
This issue of the human rights podcast is dated to the World Day against the Death Penalty, marked on 10 October.
09.10.2013 Mechyslau Hryb and Andrei Paluda hold a discussion on the death penalty
Students and young people of Minsk took part in the discussion on the issue of the death penalty. The event was held in Minsk on 8 October under the sign of the "Week Against the Death Penalty", held by "Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty".
09.10.2013 Constitutional Court upholds the proposal of the Baranavichy human rights defender
The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus supported the Baranavichy human rights activist Siarhei Housha. This was stated in a letter signed by the head of the secretariat A. Karavai, which the activist received by mail on 8 October.
09.10.2013 Death penalty in Belarus: UN expert calls to stop executions after recent court rulings
GENEVA (9 October 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklos Haraszti, urged the Government of Belarus to start an immediate moratorium on executions before the relevant legislation and court system can be reformed and capital punishment can be removed from the country’s Criminal Code. Belarus is the only European country that still retains the death penalty for certain crimes during times of peace and war.
09.10.2013 Tamara Chikunova about the irreversibility of the death penalty: “The posthumous vindication won't bring an innocent victim back to life ...”
On 1 January 2008 the death penalty was abolished in Uzbekistan. The human rights community of Uzbekistan contributed to this, but the greatest contribution must have been made by Tamara Chikunova, the founder of the human rights organization "Mothers against the Death Penalty and Torture ", after her only son was executed by shooting.
09.10.2013 Former political prisoner Artsiom Dubski wanted by the police
A photo of Artsiom Dubski on the wanted list appeared in his native town, Asipovichy. He doesn't know the reasons for it. “I wonder, what have I done during my two-year absence from Belarus?” The younster hasn't lived in Belarus for two years and doesn't know the reasons for such a step of the authorities.
09.10.2013 Tatsiana Reviaka takes part in 7th Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders at Risk
The 7th Platform, gathering participants from all over the world, started in the Irish capital on 9 October. Belarus is represented by the journalist Iryna Khalip, the coordinator of the Office on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Siarhei Drazdouski and a member of the Council of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the President of the Belarusian Human Rights House in Vilnius Tatsiana Reviaka.
09.10.2013 Hrodna human rights defenders remind about the Universal Day against the Death Penalty
Hrodna human rights defenders Uladzimir Khilmanovich and Aliaksandra Vasilevich reminded Hrodna residents about the issue of the death penalty on the eve of the World Day against the Death Penalty, by going to a mass skating. There they skated in T-shirts with the slogan “Say NO to the Death Penalty!”
09.10.2013 Mikalai Autukhovich: “Now I feel alright”
Mikalai Autukhovich stated he had received a wedding album from the Dashkevichs. “I am very glad for Nasta and Zmitser”, he wrote. “My heart was glad of the happy faces in these pictures, I have received at least some positive news lately."
09.10.2013 Uladzimir Katsora requires MIA and the Office of the Prosecutor General to bring a criminal case
On 8 October Homel activist Uladimir Katsora, the leader of the Conference “For honest and fair elections for a better life" filed a statement about a criminal offence committed by a policeman to the Minister of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor General of Belarus.
09.10.2013 Babruisk City Executive Committee refuses to register the Babruisk organization of the Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry
The chairperson of the Babruisk organization of the Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry Halina Smirnova reported that the local authorities refused to register the trade union organization with the state. As it is stated in a letter signed by the deputy chairman of the executive committee Aliaksandr Markachou, “the letter of guarantee for the legal address has been revoked and the name of the union doesn't correspond to the requirements of the organization charter”.