News for 10 Dec 2013

10.12.2013 Uladzimir Shytsikau awarded with a fine on Human Rights Day

On 3 November Homel democratic activists commemorated the victims of Stalinist repression at the 9th kilometer of the highway to Chernihiv.

Human Rights Alliance announces the winners in its nominations

10.12.2013 Human Rights Alliance announces the winners in its nominations

The results of the third yearly nomination have been announced by the Human Rights Alliance.

Body of Ihar Ptsichkin exhumed

10.12.2013 Body of Ihar Ptsichkin exhumed

According to Ihar's relatives, the exhumation was conducted on 4 December. The results of the re-autopsy will be known in a month.

10.12.2013 Political prisoner Eduard Lobau met with his mother

Eduard Lobau, who is serving the imprisonment term in the penal colony number 22 in Ivacevichy, was allowed a long-term meeting with mother.

Investigative Committee “sees no reasons” to punish the personnel of Mahiliou penitentiary for torture

10.12.2013 Investigative Committee “sees no reasons” to punish the personnel of Mahiliou penitentiary for torture

Minsk resident Liudmila Kuchura, whose husband was tortureed with chlorine in the penitentiary No. 15 in Mahiliou, received a reply from the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus to the complaint in which she requested to initiate a criminal case on this fact.

Minskers are congratulated on Human Rights Day

10.12.2013 Minskers are congratulated on Human Rights Day

Traditionally, on 10 December, International Human Rights Day, human rights activists and volunteers hold information actions in Minsk. This time they handed out the texts of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, printed materials on the topic of the death penalty and answered questions relating to the human rights situation in Belarus.

Illia Dabratvor summonsed to police on Human Rights Day

10.12.2013 Illia Dabratvor summonsed to police on Human Rights Day

Late in the evening of 9 December the police came to the apartment of the activist of the solidarity movement "Together" Illia Dabratvor. However, only his wife and minor children were at home at that time. The woman was told that there was an urgent need to compose a report of questioning of here husband and was questioned why her husband was still not home.

FIDH and "Viasna" present the report "Forced Labor and the Pervasive Violation of Workers’ Rights in Belarus" on the Human Rights Day

10.12.2013 FIDH and "Viasna" present the report "Forced Labor and the Pervasive Violation of Workers’ Rights in Belarus" on the Human Rights Day

Belarus authorities use of every means possible to feed the country’s economy to the detriment of its citizens’ economic and social rights. Internationally publicized as the «last European socialist paradise», Belarus forces large portions of its population to work, sometimes without pay and especially without the possibility to protest harsh or unfair conditions. These are the main observations of a report published today by FIDH and HRC Viasna.

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