News for 25 Nov 2015

PACE rapporteurs express dismay at death sentence in Belarus

25.11.2015 PACE rapporteurs express dismay at death sentence in Belarus

Two rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have expressed their dismay at a death sentence handed down in Belarus last week, and urged the authorities not to carry it out.

12 charged over protest staged to mark 1996 referendum anniversary

25.11.2015 12 charged over protest staged to mark 1996 referendum anniversary

Twelve persons, including three journalists and two observers, have been charged with illegal picketing as a result of a demonstration held yesterday in central Minsk to mark the 19th anniversary of the 1996 referendum, a poll criticized both in Belarus and abroad as it dramatically increased President Lukashenka’s power.

Closed medical institutions: Treatment or violence?

25.11.2015 Closed medical institutions: Treatment or violence?

Every year, Belarusian courts consider about 700 lawsuits asking for forced treatment of citizens, 90% of which are met. Meanwhile, the patients of closed institutions keep writing to human rights defenders with complaints of ill-treatment. Pavel Sapelka, who specializes in analyzing the country’s penal system, concludes that the current legal regulation in this area is insufficient. His findings are based on a detailed analysis of legislation and practice with respect to special hospitals.

Ales Bialiatski: American politicians and activist interested in Belarus

25.11.2015 Ales Bialiatski: American politicians and activist interested in Belarus

Head of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski has returned from a working visit to Washington, where he met with members of Congress, senators, officials of the State Department and non-governmental organizations based in the U.S.

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