News for 22 Oct 2013

Sicily hears truth about human rights in Belarus

22.10.2013 Sicily hears truth about human rights in Belarus

Lawyer Pavel Sapelka, Ales Bialiatski’s wife Natallia Pinchuk and Amnesty International’s expert on Belarus Heather McGill met with human rights activists and the media in Italy.

Supreme Court overturns death verdict

22.10.2013 Supreme Court overturns death verdict

The Criminal Division of the Supreme Court considered today an appeal filed by Aliaksandr Hrunou earlier sentenced to death by a verdict of the Homel Regional Court. Today, the case was sent back for revision.

Krychau district court grants another lawsuit against Volny Horad newspaper

22.10.2013 Krychau district court grants another lawsuit against Volny Horad newspaper

On October 22, the District Court of Krychau satisfied a claim by the Cherykau-based PMK-280 state-owned enterprise against the newspaper Volny Horad (“Free Town”). Judge Antanina Kachanava concluded that in an article entitled “We’ll Wait with a Contradiction” the journalists of the newspaper discredited and undermined the company's business reputation. The article was published on June 29, 2013.

Petition in support of Minsk Gay Pride 2013

22.10.2013 Petition in support of Minsk Gay Pride 2013

Organizers of the Minsk Gay Pride 2013 prepared an online petition for a symbolic support for the 9th Annual Belarusian Human Rights Forum and a public action in support of tolerance for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons in the Republic of Belarus.

Minsk district court orders reinvestigation of charges against National Bolshevik activists

22.10.2013 Minsk district court orders reinvestigation of charges against National Bolshevik activists

On October 21, the Court of Minsk district and the town of Zaslauye, having considered the complaint of several activists of the Belarusian National Bolshevik movement, quashed the decisions made by the head of Zhdanovichy police station and forwarded their administrative charges for reinvestigation. The fines imposed under the decisions ranged from 100 to 800 thousand rubles.

Issue of the death penalty discussed in the regions

22.10.2013 Issue of the death penalty discussed in the regions

Activists of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus” are trying to change the information vacuum, which, according to sociological studies, still accompanies the issue of the death penalty in our country.

Lithuanian court turns down MFA’s appeal against Belarusian civil society activist

22.10.2013 Lithuanian court turns down MFA’s appeal against Belarusian civil society activist

On October 21, Mikalai Ulasevich, civil society and political activist from Astravets district, Hrodna region, received a message from his Lithuania-based lawyer. On this day, the highest court of the country dismissed an appeal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania against the decision of the administrative court of Vilnius, which found violations in the decision of the authorities of Lithuania to ban Ulasevich’s entry to the country for three months in September of 2012 due to the fact that a referendum on the construction of a nuclear power plant was then being held.

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