News for 17 Apr 2014

Court blocks Valiantsin Stefanovich’s complaint against ban on Viasna website

17.04.2014 Court blocks Valiantsin Stefanovich’s complaint against ban on Viasna website

Having appealed against the decision of the Tsentralny District Court, who dismissed a complaint against the actions of the Prosecutor General’s Office, human rights defender Valiantsin Stefanovich has not yet received any reaction, either a notification of the date of consideration or its receipt by the court.

Death convict Aliaksandr Hrunou files supervisory appeal and petition for clemency

17.04.2014 Death convict Aliaksandr Hrunou files supervisory appeal and petition for clemency

Aliaksandr Hrunou notes that when sentencing him to death the court failed to consider number of mitigating circumstances, including his sincere repentance, complete confession and voluntary cooperation with the investigation, as well as the illegal and immoral actions by the victim, Natallia Yemialiyanchykava.

Belarus has “lowest respect for labor rights, trade union rights” in Customs Union (video)

17.04.2014 Belarus has “lowest respect for labor rights, trade union rights” in Customs Union (video)

Belarus has demonstrated the lowest level of respect for labor and trade union rights within the Customs Union, says Anton Leppik, representative of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), who participated in the discussion of the joint report of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Human Rights Center “Viasna” “Forced Labor and Pervasive Violations of Workers’ Rights in Belarus”, held this month in Stockholm at the initiative of Swedish human rights defenders.

Supreme Court upholds death sentence to Eduard Lykau

17.04.2014 Supreme Court upholds death sentence to Eduard Lykau

The man was found guilty of five murders. He committed the first two in 2002. However, the investigation found about it only in 2011, when he was detained for the last, fifth murder. Lykau confessed the previous crimes himself and cooperated with the investigation.

Minsk Regional Court dismisses appeal against ban on Human Rights Day picket in Salihorsk

17.04.2014 Minsk Regional Court dismisses appeal against ban on Human Rights Day picket in Salihorsk

The Minsk Regional Court has dismissed a cassation appeal filed by Salihorsk opposition activist Uladzimir Shyla to challenge a ban on a picket scheduled for Human Rights Day, after an earlier decision by the District Court was confirmed.

Supreme Court dismisses appeal of Kavaliou's relatives

17.04.2014 Supreme Court dismisses appeal of Kavaliou's relatives

According to the responce signed by Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court Andrei Zabara, the decisions of the Kastrychnitski District Court of Minsk and the Civil Division of the Minsk City Court according to which the consideration of such appeals is beyond their powers are left in force.

Baranavichy: political prisoners are congratulated on Easter

17.04.2014 Baranavichy: political prisoners are congratulated on Easter

April 15, Baranavichy activists sent colored greeting cards with Easter to political prisoners Mikalai Statkevich, Ales Bialiatski, Eduard Lobau, Mikalai Dziadok, Ihar Alinevich, Artsiom Prakapenka, Andrei Haidukou and Vasil Parfiankou.

Applications for memorial Chernobyl actions filed in Vitsebsk region

17.04.2014 Applications for memorial Chernobyl actions filed in Vitsebsk region

Four representatives of the Conservative Christian Party “Belarusian Popular Front” filed a request to hold a picket on April 26 to the Chyhunachny District Executive Committee of Vitsebsk in the specially designated place, Culture and Recreation Park of Railroad Workers.

Mahiliou: military enlistment office suggested independent journalist to agree to surveillance over himself

17.04.2014 Mahiliou: military enlistment office suggested independent journalist to agree to surveillance over himself

At the local military enlistment office Yauhen Hlushkou was proposed to sign the statement according to which intelligence services could carry out verification activities against him at any time.

Expert speaks about principles of torture investigation

17.04.2014 Expert speaks about principles of torture investigation

Expert on the prison system, lawyer Pavel Sapelka prepared an analytical report which summarizes the provisions of the existing international instruments to effectively investigate torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as well as legal regulations and medical ethics in relation to this problem.

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