News for 11 Dec 2013
11.12.2013 Homel: human rights defenders mark the Human Rights Day by a meeting with people
Regional representatives of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, the Homel city orgnization of the republican public association "Legal Initiative" and the Homel Center for Strategic Litigation took floor during the meeting. The speakers noted that "man has no rights if he does not strive for their protection".
11.12.2013 Human rights defenders remind about the right to life on Human Rights Day
10 December is marked as Human Rights Day. On this occasion, the Barys Zvoskau Belarusian Human Rights House and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Vilnius held a public discussion on the criminal justice system and the death penalty in Belarus.
11.12.2013 Austrian human rights activists dedicate their annual report to Ales Bialiatski
On 10 December in Vienna Austrian League for Human Rights, an affiliate of the FIDH, presented its final report "Conclusions on Human Rights in 2013» («Menschenrechtsbefund 2013"), declaring that it is dedicated to the FIDH vice-President Ales Bialiatski.
11.12.2013 Ales Bialiatski: “All prizes and awards are an eloquent signal for all people of good and bad will in Belarus!”
Ales Bialiatski responded to news about the ceremony, at which his son, Adam Bialiatski, received the symbolic award of the status of a honorable citizen of Paris to his father.
11.12.2013 Ihar Pastnou: “Probably, I will be taken to hospital again, with a “worsening of psychic illness”
Vitsebsk medician Ihar Pastnou recorded a new video message to his countrymen. He again criticizes Vitsebsk medicine for low wages, speaks of human rights violations in the light of the current law "On psychiatric care" and the need for changes in the law.
11.12.2013 One-man picket in support of political prisoners held in Dziarzhynsk
On 8 December Aliaksandr Tarnahurski, an activist of the campaign “Together for Belarus”, held a picket in the center of the town of Dziarzhynsk.
11.12.2013 Human rights defenders congratulate Baranavichy residents on Human Rigths Day
Despite an official ban on the 10 December picket, human rights defenders and social activists held a rally in Baranavicjhy in honor of the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The activists handed out booklets with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as information materials on human rights issues.
11.12.2013 Members of Brest City Councils ignore electors' appeals
About 40 members of the Brest City Council failed to respond in the term specified by the Law “On Citizens' Applications” to the applications submitted by members of the public initiative “Social Office”.
11.12.2013 Brest police hold a prophylactic talk with Ryhor Hryk
On 10 December the head of the Baranavichy branch of the Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry Ryhor Hryk was summoned for a prophylactic talk at the police station No. 3 Kasmanauty Street, 6.
11.12.2013 Brest: two pickets held on Human Rigths Day
One of the pickets was organized by the chair of the Brest regional branch of the Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry Zinaida Mikhniuk, and the other – by the human rights activist Uladzimir Vialichkin. At the picket organized by the TUREI, the people spoke about the protection of workers' rights, while participants of the other one demanded freedom for political prisoners, holding posters with portraits of political prisoners and postcards with Ales Bialiatski behind bars.
11.12.2013 Brest marks Human Rights Day with a round table
The event was attended by human rights activists, members of political parties, NGOs, trade unions and independent media.
11.12.2013 Babruisk activists congratulate Ales Bialiatski on Human Rights Day
On 10 December Babruisk activists a congratulatory telegram to Babruisk penal colony No. 2.
11.12.2013 Political prisoner Ihar Alinevich is first winner of Frantsishak Aliakhnovich prize
On 10 December, Human Rights Day, the Belarusian PEN Center and Radio "Liberty" announced the winners of the Frantsishak Aliakhnovich award for the best work written in prison.