News for 31 Mar 2014

Court of cassation confirms ban on Ales Bialiatski’s book

31.03.2014 Court of cassation confirms ban on Ales Bialiatski’s book

On March 31, the Hrodna Regional Court upheld the decision to ban Ales Bialiatski’s book “Asvechanyia Belarushchynai” (“Enlightened by Belarusian Issue”), having considered a cassation appeal by human rights defender Tatsiana Reviaka.

31.03.2014 Pavel Vinahradau goes on hunger strike in detention centre

Activist Pavel Vinahradau has been on hunger strike for the 18th day. He was sentenced to 25 days in a detention centre.

31.03.2014 Unidentified people attack activists in Kurapaty

The incident took place in the evening on 29 March.

Human rights defenders fighting for reprieve of death verdicts

31.03.2014 Human rights defenders fighting for reprieve of death verdicts

A number of Brest human rights defenders sent to the Council of Ministers a proposal to amend the Criminal Code in order to allow a five-year stay of executions, says one of the campaigners, human rights lawyer Raman Kisliak.

Teacher in Beshankovichy faces fine for spreading unregistered newspaper

31.03.2014 Teacher in Beshankovichy faces fine for spreading unregistered newspaper

Heorhi Stankevich, a teacher of the town of Beshankovichy, Vitsebsk region, has been for several years publishing the newspaper “Kryvinka”. He publishes it regularly and at his own expense, depending on the material possibilities of the founder and editor. However, he has regularly faced claims – and most often they are associated with election campaigns.

Aliaksandr Shchamliou: not a deputy anymore

31.03.2014 Aliaksandr Shchamliou: not a deputy anymore

Aliaksandr Shchamliou, a member of the Movement “For Freedom” in the Vitsebsk region, says he won the majority of votes in the elections to the Dabeya Village Council. This was written in the final minutes of vote count on 23 March. But five days later he saw another protocol, according to which he lost to his rival, head teacher of a school in the village of Ambrosavichy.

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