News for 28 Aug 2014

Human rights must lead Azerbaijan’s future development agenda – UN expert group

28.08.2014 Human rights must lead Azerbaijan’s future development agenda – UN expert group

Human rights and open dialogue should be at the heart of Azerbaijan’s economic development, the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights concluded at the end of a 10-day visit to the country.

Russian rights ombudsman asks Ukrainian counterpart to help free captured soldiers

28.08.2014 Russian rights ombudsman asks Ukrainian counterpart to help free captured soldiers

Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the Russian presidential Human Rights Council, has appealed to Ukrainian Human Rights Commissioner Valeria Lutkovkska to help free Russian military servicemen captured near Donetsk.

28.08.2014 Court Rejects Appeal against Prosecutor’s Warning

The judge thinks that one month’s term to appeal against prosecutorial warning already expired; the journalist disagrees.

Belarus violated right to peaceful assembly against UCP activist in Homel, says UN Human Rights Committee

28.08.2014 Belarus violated right to peaceful assembly against UCP activist in Homel, says UN Human Rights Committee

The UN Human Rights Committee has said that the Belarusian authorities violated the right of the deputy chairman of the United Civil Party (UCP) Vasil Paliakou to peaceful assembly, by banning in September 2008 a mass event aimed to urge citizens not to take part in the parliamentary elections, which took place on September 28, 2008.

Brest Regional Court dismisses appeal by Baranavichy activist

28.08.2014 Brest Regional Court dismisses appeal by Baranavichy activist

On August 27, Judge Natallia Surma of the Brest Regional Court dismissed the cassation appeal lodged by activist Mikalai Charnavus against an earlier ruling by the district court of Baranavichy of July 21, which found the individual entrepreneur guilty of violating Article 23.34, Part 3 of the Administrative Code – organization and holding an unauthorized meeting at the local market on July 1.

Vitsebsk authorities ban picket set to mark Lukashenka’s birthday

28.08.2014 Vitsebsk authorities ban picket set to mark Lukashenka’s birthday

A request for the event was submitted to the Kastrychnitski district administration of Vitsebsk by local blogger Ihar Pastnou, famous for his criticism of health care officials. He fulfilled all the requirements that are prescribed by the decision of the City Executive Committee “On Mass Events in Vitsebsk”, but failed to receive permission.

BCD activist sentenced to 5 days of arrest for distribution of newspapers

28.08.2014 BCD activist sentenced to 5 days of arrest for distribution of newspapers

The Kastrychnitski District Court of Minsk considered yesterday an administrative case against an activist of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party, Andrei Kasheuski. Transport police officers charged him with two offenses, including distribution of newspapers, which they viewed as an unauthorized mass event (Art. 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offenses).

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