News for 31 Jul 2014

Statement by the HRC “Viasna” on the detention and charging of famous Azerbaijani human rights defender Leyla Yunus

31.07.2014 Statement by the HRC “Viasna” on the detention and charging of famous Azerbaijani human rights defender Leyla Yunus

On July 30, 2014, Leyla Yunus, a known human rights activist and director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, and her husband Arif Yunus were detained in Baku (Azerbaijan). The couple were detained as they were leaving the country in order to take part in an event organized by the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety.

Social Democrat detained in Mahiliou

31.07.2014 Social Democrat detained in Mahiliou

Ales Serdziukou, activist of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada), was detained yesterday while campaigning for so called People’s Referendum initiative.

Expert analysis of legal amendments governing detention in activity therapy centers (LTPs)

31.07.2014 Expert analysis of legal amendments governing detention in activity therapy centers (LTPs)

Having analyzed legal amendments governing detention in activity therapy centers (so called LTPs), Pavel Sapelka, an expert in the prison system law, states that LTPs still perform punitive functions, and the expected increase in the number of these institutions will certainly entail a boost in the number of persons held in them.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: Court should have initiated proceedings and clearly stated if my rights were violated

31.07.2014 Valiantsin Stefanovich: Court should have initiated proceedings and clearly stated if my rights were violated

Chairman of the Minsk City Court P. Karshunovich sees no grounds to protest and grant an appeal by deputy chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich, who believes that the Prosecutor General’s Office by its decision to blacklist the website spring96.org as an Internet resource with restricted access violated his rights, as author and the reader of the site, to receive and impart information, as well as to freedom of expression.

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