News for 12 Jan 2016
12.01.2016 BAJ Appeals to President's Administration Regarding Persecution of Freelancers
The Belarusian Association of Journalists sent a request to the President’s Administration with the view to clarifying the reasons for the renewed persecution against some journalists under article 22.9.
12.01.2016 Exiled human rights defender Alena Tankachova asks to reduce period of expulsion
Human rights defender Alena Tankachova, who was deported from Belarus in February 2015, has written to the Minsk city police department asking to reduce the period of entry ban and remove her from the blacklist.
12.01.2016 Prisoner attempts to kill self to protest torture
Yahor Pratasenia, 20, has committed a suicide attempt in the Žodzina jail to protest torture and abuse during the investigation and detention, according to Larysa Zhyhar, representative of the public initiative “Mothers’ Movement 328”.
12.01.2016 Another man sentenced to death in Belarus
On January 5, the Minsk Regional Court pronounced this year’s first death sentence in the case of Henadz Yakavitski, a resident of the town of Vilejka, who was charged with “murder committed with extreme cruelty” (Article 139 of the Criminal Code).