News for 29 Jan 2014

“Relevant authorities” to decide on Ales Bialiatski’s book

29.01.2014 “Relevant authorities” to decide on Ales Bialiatski’s book

On January 29, the Court of Ashmiany District held a preliminary hearing of human rights defender Tatsiana Reviaka’s lawsuit against local customs officials, who prohibited the importation of Ales Bialiatski’s book "Asvechanyia Belaruschunai" ("Enlightened by Belarusianness").

Vitsebsk officials ban Constitution Day rally

29.01.2014 Vitsebsk officials ban Constitution Day rally

An event applied for by Vitsebsk opposition activists Khrystafor Zhaliapau and Aliaksei Haurutsikau was scheduled for March 15. It was expected to highlight the rights enshrined in the Constitution of Belarus. However, their request submitted to the Pershamaiski district administration was rejected.

Baranavichy trade union activist keeps appealing picket ban

29.01.2014 Baranavichy trade union activist keeps appealing picket ban

A trade union activist Ryhor Hryk filed yesterday a complaint to Baranavichy Inter-District Prosecutor's Office to challenge the illegal actions of the city’s executive authorities who banned a rally under the slogan “Civilian Control for Actions of the Authorities and the Laws of Belarus”. The picket was expected to be staged on January 26. The activist stresses he met all the requirements of the law on mass events.

Judge in Babruisk denies elderly women’s right to legal assistance

29.01.2014 Judge in Babruisk denies elderly women’s right to legal assistance

On January 27, Judge Maryna Sheliahina of Babruisk District and City Court did not allow the presence at a trial of a representative of two local women, Valiantsina Kavalenka and Liubou Sankevich.

ILO mission meets independent trade union activists

29.01.2014 ILO mission meets independent trade union activists

On January 28, the Minsk-based headquarters of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions hosted a meeting of its member organizations and activists with a direct contact mission of the International Labor Organization (ILO), headed by the Special Adviser to the ILO Director Kari Tapiola. The mission also includes three experts of the ILO: Oksana Wolfson, Franco Amato and Halton Cheadle.

29.01.2014 Zmitser Dashkevich publishes book of prison stories

The book “Worm” written by former political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich has been published in Vilnius.

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