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Lawyer Pavel Sapelka greets German colleagues at human rights forum in Berlin

02.12.2013 Lawyer Pavel Sapelka greets German colleagues at human rights forum in Berlin

On 29 November in Berlin the German Bar Association (DAV) held a Forum on human rights. Among those invited to this event was a representative of Belarus, a lawyer and attorney Pavel Sapelka.

Belarusian authorities ignore petitions from Chernobyl disaster veterans

16.08.2013 Belarusian authorities ignore petitions from Chernobyl disaster veterans

The Kyiv-based public organization called "Union-Chernobyl-Belarus", chaired by an ambulance paramedic from the town of Zhodzina, Aliaksandr Valchanin, has not received responses to their address with a proposal to unify the "Chernobyl" legislation of Russia and Belarus submitted to the Belarusian parliament, the government and the Ministry of Emergency Situations over a month ago.

Parliament overlooks proposals by NGOs

18.03.2013 Parliament overlooks proposals by NGOs

The Legal Transformation Center (Lawtrend) sent to the Parliament’s Commission on Human Rights a set of proposals for changes in the law on public associations. However, the working group deemed it inappropriate to consider the opinions of NGOs.

Pavel Sapelka: “The award belongs to those, who struggled beside me, upholding the understanding of the freedom and independence of legal profession”

06.12.2012 Pavel Sapelka: “The award belongs to those, who struggled beside me, upholding the understanding of the freedom and independence of legal profession”

These days, human rights lawyer Pavel Sapelka has been presented the prestigious Human Rights Award 2012, awarded to him by the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). CCBE unites about 1 million of European lawyers of Bars and Law Societies.

05.12.2012 Pavel Sapelka: Mikalai Dziadok is being put in unbearable conditions

The famous Belarusian lawyer does not believe the political prisoner is a persistent violator of prison rules.

Pavel Sapelka: Situation with Anton Surapin’s detention in KGB prison reminds of December 2010

27.07.2012 Pavel Sapelka: Situation with Anton Surapin’s detention in KGB prison reminds of December 2010

Human rights lawyer Pavel Sapelka says the current situation of journalist Anton Surapin, who has been reportedly denied access to his lawyer for two days, may repeat the events of December 2010, when persons arrested on charges of involvement in mass riots were not able to meet their counsels for weeks.

Head of American Bar Association sends letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on violations of international law in Belarus

22.06.2012 Head of American Bar Association sends letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on violations of international law in Belarus

William T. Robinson III, President of the American Bar Association, has sent a letter of concern to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navanethem Pillay urging her to address violations of international law in Belarus.

12.03.2012 Another lawyer of political prisoner Andrei Sannikau gets disbarred

last week the presidium of the Minsk municipal panel of lawyers disbarred Andrei Varvashevich. This is Sannikau’s second lawyer to be disbarred. Previously, lawyer Pavel Sapelka was disbarred.

31.01.2012 Democracy increases: lawyers aren't recommended to give interviews without permission

The Minsk City and the Minsk region bars have received the appropriate letters, signed by the head of the national bar, Mr. Chaichyts. Lawyers are recommended to receive the agreement of the heads of their bars before giving any interviews, while deputy heads of the bars are charged with studying the content of such interviews and filing them with the national bar.

Minsk City Court upholds annulment of Aleh Aheyeu's license

05.12.2011 Minsk City Court upholds annulment of Aleh Aheyeu's license

On 28 November 2011 the civil cases panel of judges of the Minsk City Court, consisting of N. Zhupikava, A.Antonenka and I. Lazavikova considered the administrative lawsuit of counsel Aleh Aheyeu against the unlawful annulment of his lawyer's license by the Ministry of Justice.

Salihorsk HR defenders report administrative obstacles to receiving legal aid

21.11.2011 Salihorsk HR defenders report administrative obstacles to receiving legal aid

A 23-year-old resident of the village of Starobin, Salihorsk district, accused of murdering his daughter was unable to meet with his lawyer for two months, say local activists of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.

28.10.2011 District court upholds disbarment of lawyer for former presidential candidates

A judge of the Maskowski District Court in Minsk on Friday rejected lawyer Tamara Sidarenka's appeal against her disbarment.

25.10.2011 Ministry of Justice fails to recognize Minsk City Bar Association chair-elect

The Belarusian Ministry of Justice has revoked the decision of 22 October by a sitting of Minsk City Bar Association, which appointed Andrei Sankovich chair of the lawyers’ organization, www.ej.by reports.

24.10.2011 Minsk City Bar Association accepts chairman's resignation following justice ministry's request for his dismissal

The Minsk City Bar Association, at a general meeting on October 22, accepted the resignation of Chairman Alyaksandr Pylchanka, who offered to step down in September following the justice ministry's request for his dismissal.

19.10.2011 Purges among lawyers go on

The Ministry of Justice is trying to replace the head of the Minsk City Bar.

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