News for 15 Jan 2016

15.01.2016 EFJ president: It is worrying that the government is renewing this bad practice with a new wave of prosecution against freelance journalists

Belarus continues its bad practice by handing over the first fine of the year on 13 January to freelance journalist, Larysa Shchyrakova, for working with “foreign media”. Following the ruling, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) have called for an immediate appeal of the ruling and urged the government to scrap the existing law.

Human rights defender Andrei Paluda: Death convict Eduard Lykau executed

15.01.2016 Human rights defender Andrei Paluda: Death convict Eduard Lykau executed

Andrei Paluda, coordinator of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders Against the Death Penalty in Belarus” Andrei Paluda has told in an interview with naviny.by how he perceives being labeled a ‘defender of murderers’ and what he thinks can make Lukashenka abolish capital punishment.

15.01.2016 EU reiterates its call on Belarus to impose moratorium on death penalty

The European External Action Service (EEAS) has issued a statement reiterating the European Union’s call on the Belarusian government to impose a moratorium on the death penalty in connection with a new death sentence in the country.

UN Human Rights Committee to consider complaint by Salihorsk human rights defender

15.01.2016 UN Human Rights Committee to consider complaint by Salihorsk human rights defender

A complaint submitted by human rights activist Leanid Markhotka to challenge a ban on a street protest imposed by the authorities of Salihorsk in December 2014 will be considered by the UN Human Rights Council.

Homieĺ court fines journalist for ‘illegal production of media products’

15.01.2016 Homieĺ court fines journalist for ‘illegal production of media products’

On January 12, the Homieĺ District Court sentenced local journalist Larysa Shchyrakova to a fine of 4.6 mln rubles on charges of violating Article 22.9 of the Administrative Code (illegal manufacture of media products, and working without accreditation for foreign media).

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