News for 25 Mar 2015

Convict Piotr Kuchura urges Mahiliou Prosecutor to “have the courage”

25.03.2015 Convict Piotr Kuchura urges Mahiliou Prosecutor to “have the courage”

Piotr Kuchura urges Mahiliou Prosecutor to react to a failure to launch a timely probe into his poisoning in penal colony No. 15, which made it impossible to punish the perpetrators.

Mikalai Statkevich does not hope for early release

25.03.2015 Mikalai Statkevich does not hope for early release

Political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich, the last of the presidential candidates in the2010 election, which is still held behind bars, does not hope for his early release. In a letter to journalist Barys Vyrvich, the political prisoner, who is serving a sentence in Shklou penal colony No. 17, tells about “another exacerbation”, saying that “the trends are opposite”.

Pavel Sapelka: “Punishment under article 411 of the Criminal Code is arbitrary deprivation of liberty”

25.03.2015 Pavel Sapelka: “Punishment under article 411 of the Criminal Code is arbitrary deprivation of liberty”

Human rights activists have repeatedly stressed the need to exclude Article 411 from the Criminal Code of Belarus, as it provides for additional prison terms for disobedience to the administration of penal facilities. The issue received wide public attention when the charges began to be used against political prisoners.

Constitutional Court brushes off death penalty case

25.03.2015 Constitutional Court brushes off death penalty case

The Constitutional Court has responded to a petition by Tamara Sialiun, mother of Pavel Sialiun, who was executed on murder charges in April 2014.

Vitsebsk authorities ban Freedom Day picket

25.03.2015 Vitsebsk authorities ban Freedom Day picket

Members of the CCP BPF applied for holding a picket to the Chyhunachny district administration, but officials have banned the rally. The reason for the ban is traditional: no service contracts from the police and ambulance.

Human rights defenders urge Minister of Internal Affairs to monitor threats to Leanid Sudalenka

25.03.2015 Human rights defenders urge Minister of Internal Affairs to monitor threats to Leanid Sudalenka

A number of Belarusian human rights defenders have sent an appeal to the Minister of the Interior urging him to take charge of the investigation into a case of repeated threats against human rights activist in Homel Leanid Sudalenka.

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