News for 19 Mar 2015

Foreign Ministry: “Prisoners’ complaints are carefully considered”

19.03.2015 Foreign Ministry: “Prisoners’ complaints are carefully considered”

The authors’ statement on the possibility for prisoners in Belarus to challenge the illegal actions of prison staff deserves a full quote, as the mentioned statistics characterize the effectiveness of this procedure.

Freedom Day pickets banned in Hrodna

19.03.2015 Freedom Day pickets banned in Hrodna

Vadzim Saranchukou, Chairman of the Belarusian Popular Front’s Hrodna branch, has received from the local executive committee two bans on holding pickets dedicated to Freedom Day. Both bans were signed by the deputy chairman of the executive committee Zoya Kulesh.

“Human Rights Defenders Against the Death Penalty” represent Belarus at barcamp in Kutaisi

19.03.2015 “Human Rights Defenders Against the Death Penalty” represent Belarus at barcamp in Kutaisi

For three days, the second capital of Georgia – Kutaisi – hosted an event that united guests from various non-governmental organizations of the South Caucasus, Belarus, Ukraine and other countries.

Baranavichy officials ban rally against intimidation of entrepreneurs

19.03.2015 Baranavichy officials ban rally against intimidation of entrepreneurs

The ban is signed by the deputy chairman of the executive committee Dzmitry Kastsiukevich. The official argues that the application failed to specify whether any vehicles would be used during the picket. In addition, the bid reportedly failed to mention specific measures to ensure public order, health care and clean-up after the event.

Why are Belarusians cowed by the death penalty?

19.03.2015 Why are Belarusians cowed by the death penalty?

According to Ales Bialiatski, Aliaksandr Lukashenka is in no hurry to reform the law, primarily because he identifies today’s Belarus with the BSSR and the Soviet Union, where the death penalty was widespread.

One hundred death penalty free countries within reach after Fiji becomes number 99

19.03.2015 One hundred death penalty free countries within reach after Fiji becomes number 99

A couple of weeks ago, on 13 February, we woke up to the good news that Fiji had joined the ranks of countries to abolish the death penalty for all crimes. There are now 99 countries who have completely scrapped the ultimate cruel and inhuman punishment from their laws – exactly half of all states in the world.

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