News for 22 Dec 2014

Activist Dzmitry Paloika banned to leave Belarus

22.12.2014 Activist Dzmitry Paloika banned to leave Belarus

Activist Dzmitry Paloika has been released after serving ten days in jail. He was convicted by the Baranavichy Court of disorderly conduct under Art. 17.1 of the Administrative on December 21.

Relatives visit political prisoner Yauhen Vaskovich

22.12.2014 Relatives visit political prisoner Yauhen Vaskovich

Political prisoner Yauhen Vaskovich has been visited by his mother and grandmother. The meeting lasted two hours, according to the press-service of the Belarusian Christian Democracy.

Yury Rubtsou leaves Minsk to serve sentence

22.12.2014 Yury Rubtsou leaves Minsk to serve sentence

Opposition activist Yury Rubtsou, who was convicted of insulting the judge, will serve his sentence in open-type correctional facility No. 7 in the village of Kuplin, Pruzhany district. The activist wrote about his in his Facebook account. He is currently being registered with the administration of the penal facility.

BelaPAN: Blocking IP-addresses is attack on freedom of speech

22.12.2014 BelaPAN: Blocking IP-addresses is attack on freedom of speech

The BelaPAN information company has released a statement after the IP-addresses of the websites belapan.by, belapan.com and naviny.by were blocked on December 20.

Minsk court fines film director for resisting arrest

22.12.2014 Minsk court fines film director for resisting arrest

On December 20, the Court of Minsk’s Maskouski district considered the administrative charges brought against film director Volha Mikalaichyk, who was accused of disobeying police officers.

22.12.2014 Independent Belarusian News Websites Blocked

Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media.

Court orders to collect money from independent media in Horki

22.12.2014 Court orders to collect money from independent media in Horki

On December 18, after a long break the Horki District Court continued hearing the lawsuit by head of local office of the Belarusian Society of the Disabled Tamara Kaltunova against the BelaPAN news agency and the private enterprise UzHorak, which publishes the newspaper of the same name.

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