News for 23 Oct 2013

Central Election Commission fails to submit amendments to Electoral Code to OSCE ODIHR representatives

23.10.2013 Central Election Commission fails to submit amendments to Electoral Code to OSCE ODIHR representatives

This was announced during a meeting of international experts with the Belarusian human rights activists. The human rights defenders are concerned over the mystery that accompanies the adoption of the bill that will be heard tomorrow is the second reading of the Parliament. As yet, the document is not available to the public.

23.10.2013 Investigation into Veranika Charkasava Case Suspended

It has been nine years since the journalist of Solidarity newspaper Veranika Charkasava was stabbed to death in her flat on October 20, 2004.

23.10.2013 Activists of National Bolshevik Party detained ahead of CIS summit

The police organised a raid against activists of the National Bolshevik Party.

Brest Regional Court turns down appeal against prosecutor's warning over illegal NGO membership

23.10.2013 Brest Regional Court turns down appeal against prosecutor's warning over illegal NGO membership

Brest Regional Court dismissed a complaint filed by a civil society activist from the town of Belaaziorsk Aliaksandr Kuzmin to contest the actions of the prosecutor of Biaroza district and the Brest Regional Prosecutor’s Office. Judge Alena Kavalchuk supported the decision of prosecutors who had issued a warning for activity on behalf of the unregistered organization, the "Tell the Truth" movement.

Mahiliou court supports street events restrictions

23.10.2013 Mahiliou court supports street events restrictions

On October 22, the Leninski District Court of Mahiliou chaired by Judge Valiantsina Lapatsina considered a complaint filed by local human rights defenders Barys Bukhel and Aliaksei Kolchyn to challenge a decision of the city executive committee "On Mass Events in the city of Mahiliou".

Brest regional prosecutor sides with Baranavichy colleague to reject complaint

23.10.2013 Brest regional prosecutor sides with Baranavichy colleague to reject complaint

Member of the Movement "For Freedom" Viktar Syrytsa received a letter signed by Deputy Prosecutor of Brest region, A.T. Tachko, who said that there were no violations of law during the consideration of his complaint in Baranavichy district prosecutor's office. Therefore, he found no grounds for disciplinary action against the Baranavichy interdistrict prosecutor.

Homel opposition activist files complaint to UN Human Rights Committee

23.10.2013 Homel opposition activist files complaint to UN Human Rights Committee

Homel pro-democratic activist Kanstantsin Zhukouski submitted on October 22 a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee. He believes that the Belarusian government violated his right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression (Article 19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights).

Death sentence for Aliaksandr Hrunou may be commuted to life imprisonment

23.10.2013 Death sentence for Aliaksandr Hrunou may be commuted to life imprisonment

Representatives of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus," who have been monitoring the trial of Aliaksandr Hrunou, do not rule out the possibility of replacing the execution with life imprisonment.

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