News for 13 Jan 2014

Baranavichy activist Viktar Syrytsa appeals fine for Milavidy festival at Supreme Court

13.01.2014 Baranavichy activist Viktar Syrytsa appeals fine for Milavidy festival at Supreme Court

On January 13 social activist Viktar Syrytsa filed a complaint with the Supreme Court against the decision of Judge of the Baranavichy City and District Court Katsiaryna Hruda and Judge of the Brest Regional Court Natallia Surma on the case of Milavidy festival.

Andrei Paluda: “If the authorities believe that the death penalty deters crime, why do they conceal the information about the executions?

13.01.2014 Andrei Paluda: “If the authorities believe that the death penalty deters crime, why do they conceal the information about the executions?

The human rights activist considers the most popular pros and contras of the death penalty and analyzes the public opinion on the subject in Belarus.

Expert: System of confinement of juvenile offenders requires close attention

13.01.2014 Expert: System of confinement of juvenile offenders requires close attention

As part of a campaign of monitoring places of detention in Belarus, lawyer Pavel Sapelka highlights conditions in juvenile correctional educational and medical institutions, and the reception centers for minors.

Amnesty International takes urgent action in support of Eduard Lykau, another man sentenced to death in Belarus

13.01.2014 Amnesty International takes urgent action in support of Eduard Lykau, another man sentenced to death in Belarus

A 53 year-old man, Eduard Lykau, was sentenced to death on 26 November, but the information was only released almost a month later. He was the fourth person to receive the death sentence in 2013.

13.01.2014 Belarusian authorities deny visa to Petruska Sustrova

Former Czech dissident Petruska Shustrova was invited to Minsk for a party in the memory of former Czech President Vaclav Havel. However, the Belarusian Embassy in Prague denied her a visa by putting the appropriate stamp in the passport.

13.01.2014 Unidentified persons damaged lock on the entrance door of film director Volha Mikalaichyk

Volha Mikalaichyk learned about the incident in the night of January 10, on her return from Kyiv. The woman doesn't rule out that the incident can be connected with her trip to Ukraine and speech at the Euro-Maydan.

Standard restrictions on signature pickets imposed all over Vitsebsk region

13.01.2014 Standard restrictions on signature pickets imposed all over Vitsebsk region

By its regulation No. 6 for January 9 the Orsha District Executive Committee identified places where it was prohibited to collect signatures for nomination of candidates. Moreover, there is a special annex to the regulation, which is hard to find at the website of the executive committee, whereas the regulation itself does not mention any place of urban infrastructure.

13.01.2014 Pinsk BCD coordinator gets warned

Pinsk coordinator of the Organizational Committee for Creation of the Party Belarusian Christian Democracy SiarheiSukhavierkhi was officially warned by prosecutor’s office against acting “on behalf of an unregistered organization”, BCD’s press-service reports.

13.01.2014 Political prisoner Uladzimir Yaromenak not allowed making fir tree of plastic bags

Uladzimir Yaromenak told about the conditions in the jail in Baranavichy.

Zhodzina City Executive Committee determines places banned for signatures pickets

13.01.2014 Zhodzina City Executive Committee determines places banned for signatures pickets

The regulation of the executive committee is quite similar to a similar regulation adopted during the parliamentary elections of 2012. The list of the placed banned for holding pickets for collecting signatures for nomination of candidates for the local councils hasn't been extended.

Brest Regional Court dismisses the appeal on Vital Koush's case

13.01.2014 Brest Regional Court dismisses the appeal on Vital Koush's case

January 10 the verdict against a resident of Brest region Vital Koush, sentenced to four years imprisonment with confiscation of property for organizing illegal migration, came into force.

Constituency election commissions of Shklou headed by state officials and heads of enterprises

13.01.2014 Constituency election commissions of Shklou headed by state officials and heads of enterprises

Two constituency commissions for the elections to the Mahiliou Regional Council of the 27th Convocation have been established on the territory of the Shklou disitrct, each consisting of 11 members.

Picket against police violence banned in Vitsebsk

13.01.2014 Picket against police violence banned in Vitsebsk

January 12 such an action was to have been held by the well-known psychiatrist Ihar Pastnou. He believes that the issue of the people prone to violence and sadism working in the police is very relevant today. However, his bid for the picket was dismissed by the Vitsebsk Kastrychnitski District Executive Committee.

Salihorsk authorities show quite a liberal approach in determining the places for signature pickets

13.01.2014 Salihorsk authorities show quite a liberal approach in determining the places for signature pickets

Salihorsk District Executive Committee determined the places forbidden for pickets to collect voters' signatures. The local human rights activists regard the relevant regulation as quite liberal, taking into account the current severe restrictions on such activities in the period between elections.

Mahiliou democrats bid for a rally against new taxes

13.01.2014 Mahiliou democrats bid for a rally against new taxes

The initiators of the rally are Chairman of the Mahiliou regional branch of BPF "Adradzhenne" Dzmitry Salauyou, Chairman of the Mahiliou regional branch of the United Civil Party Uladzimir Shantsau and Deputy Chairman of the Free Trade Union of Belarus Yury Novikau.

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