News for 18 Jun 2014

18.06.2014 UN Special Rapporteur cannot get access to Belarus

UN Special Rapporteur Miklós Haraszti accuses the Belarusian authorities of human rights violations and lack of cooperation with the international organisation.

18.06.2014 Stefanovich: New UN Human Rights commissioner will deal with Belarus

UN priorities towards Belarus will not change.

18.06.2014 UN Human Rights Committee to consider complaint by Hrodna defender Viktar Sazonau

The UN Human Rights Committee admitted to consideration a complaint by Viktar Sazonau, a human rights defender from Hrodna, Radio Racyja reports.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: “In 1996, when a referendum was held, there was no life imprisonment in Belarus”

18.06.2014 Valiantsin Stefanovich: “In 1996, when a referendum was held, there was no life imprisonment in Belarus”

Why does Belarus retain such a means of punishment as the death penalty? Deputy Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich believes that the cause must be sought in the Soviet past. In the USSR, the death penalty was used for a wide range of crimes.

The Last Dawn: Belarusian musicians against the death penalty (video)

18.06.2014 The Last Dawn: Belarusian musicians against the death penalty (video)

The Minsk-based Graffiti club hosted yesterday the presentation of the project of Belarusian musicians called Aposhni Zolak (“The Last Dawn”). In this way, a number of famous musicians, among them Hanna Khitryk, Aliaksandr Pamidorau, Zmitser Vaitsiushkevich, Anastasia Shpakouskaya, Viktar Rudenka, Liavon Volski, spoke against the death penalty. Last year they had a big concert in Bialystok, and Belarusian fans were able to watch it online.

18.06.2014 OSCE representative calls on Belarusian authorities to repeal accreditation requirements for journalists

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today expressed her concern about an increasing number of penalties imposed on journalists in recent months in Belarus for not being accredited by authorities.

Police detain Tell the Truth activist in Babruisk

18.06.2014 Police detain Tell the Truth activist in Babruisk

Yanina Ausianik, an activist of the “Tell the Truth” campaign, was detained last evening in Babruisk while collecting signatures for an initiative called “People’s Referendum”. She was then taken to the police station.

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