News for November 2016

FIDH: Andrei Bandarenka faces extention of his prison term under new criminal charges

30.11.2016 FIDH: Andrei Bandarenka faces extention of his prison term under new criminal charges

FIDH denounces opening of a new case against imprisoned human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka, previously expert on monitored detention facilities. Even if his sentence in 2014 was not related to his human rights activities, FIDH considers the repeated criminal prosecution as a form of politically motivated pressure for his previous human rights activities and calls for dropping of charges.

FIDH deplores execution in secrecy of two death convicts in Belarus

30.11.2016 FIDH deplores execution in secrecy of two death convicts in Belarus

FIDH deplores the executions because it stands for global abolition of death penalty.

Stop persecution of Andrei Bandarenka. Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

29.11.2016 Stop persecution of Andrei Bandarenka. Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

Joint statement by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community on new criminal charges against Andrei Bandarenka

Belarus executes another death convict

29.11.2016 Belarus executes another death convict

According to the family of Siarhei Khmialeuski, the death convict has been executed.

Death convict Ivan Kulesh executed

28.11.2016 Death convict Ivan Kulesh executed

Death convict Ivan Kulesh has been executed, according to Andrei Paluda, coordinator of the campaign Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus.

Government’s attitude to Ombudsman as indicator of respect for human rights

28.11.2016 Government’s attitude to Ombudsman as indicator of respect for human rights

Human rights activists and lawyers from Belarus met last week with representatives of the Office of the Polish Commissioner for Civil Rights. The meeting was held at the initiative of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and dealt with the role and mandate of the Polish Ombudsman and the government’s attitude to the activities of his office in the light of the recent political changes in the country. It also touched upon the place of human rights in the official cooperation between Warsaw and Minsk.

Imprisoned human rights activist Andrei Bandarenka faces fresh criminal charges

25.11.2016 Imprisoned human rights activist Andrei Bandarenka faces fresh criminal charges

On November 14, the Mahilioŭ interdistrict department of the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under Part 2 of Article 411 of the Criminal Code (“willful disobedience to the correctional institution administration”) against human rights activist Andrei Bandarenka, who is currently serving a 3-year sentence in prison No. 4.

Belarus’ efforts to uphold democratic values are “insufficient”, MEPs say

25.11.2016 Belarus’ efforts to uphold democratic values are “insufficient”, MEPs say

MEPs say that Belarus’ progress in upholding democratic values is “insufficient” in a resolution voted on Thursday. They note that Belarus is taking new political prisoners, harassing the opposition, using capital punishment, and failing to address safety concerns about its first nuclear power plant, being built in Ostrovets.

CEDAW urges Armenia and Belarus to implement UN recommendations on women’s rights

24.11.2016 CEDAW urges Armenia and Belarus to implement UN recommendations on women’s rights

Comments on the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women findings on Armenia and Belarus

Human rights defenders call to step up implementation of election recommendations

21.11.2016 Human rights defenders call to step up implementation of election recommendations

The campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” is calling on both national and international experts to be engaged in a wide public debate on the implementation of recommendations made by observers in order to improve the electoral legislation of Belarus.

Parliamentary Elections 2016. Final Report

21.11.2016 Parliamentary Elections 2016. Final Report

Observation was carried out by activists of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center “Viasna” in the framework of the campaign Human Rights Defenders For Free Elections

Political prisoner Uladzimir Kondrus attempts to cut wrists in courtroom, trial postponed till mid-December

18.11.2016 Political prisoner Uladzimir Kondrus attempts to cut wrists in courtroom, trial postponed till mid-December

On November 16, the Court of Maskoŭski district of Minsk opened a hearing of criminal charges brought against Uladzimir Kondrus for his alleged involvement in riots outside the Government House in December 2010.

Viasna demands to release Aliaksandr Lapitski from psychiatric hospital and to decriminalize defamation offenses

15.11.2016 Viasna demands to release Aliaksandr Lapitski from psychiatric hospital and to decriminalize defamation offenses

On November 14, it became known that Aliaksandr Lapitski, 80, was forcibly sent to a psychiatric hospital, after a court decision in the criminal case against him had entered into force.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: Society tends not to trust the judicial system

14.11.2016 Valiantsin Stefanovich: Society tends not to trust the judicial system

What are the tendencies and issues of the Belarusian public justice shown through the poll? Valiantsin Stefanovich, lawyer of the unregistered Human Rights Center “Viasna” replied to the questions of "EuroBelarus" Information Service.

Observer in Orša fined for ‘disorderly conduct at the polling station’

11.11.2016 Observer in Orša fined for ‘disorderly conduct at the polling station’

The trial of an observer from the BPF Party, Vital Paulau, started on October 12 and ended a month later with a fine of 42 rubles, RFE/RL’s Belarus service said.

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