News on the topic: foreign travel restrictions

Lists of restricted to travel abroad to be edited by Supreme Court

03.09.2014 Lists of restricted to travel abroad to be edited by Supreme Court

As reported by afn.by, September 1 President Aliaksandr Lukashenka signed the decree №426 giving the Supreme Court the authority to put in the MIA database data about citizens in respect of which the courts have taken the decision to temporarily restrict their right to leave Belarus.

Belarusian authorities deny visa to Civil Rights Defenders’ Robert Hårdh

27.11.2013 Belarusian authorities deny visa to Civil Rights Defenders’ Robert Hårdh

Robert Hårdh, Executive Director of the Swedish human rights organization Civil Rights Defenders, was denied entry to Belarus. The decision was taken on November 5. However, this became known only now, when the human rights defender posted on his Facebook account a photo of his passport stamped by the Belarusian embassy.

Lithuanian court turns down MFA’s appeal against Belarusian civil society activist

22.10.2013 Lithuanian court turns down MFA’s appeal against Belarusian civil society activist

On October 21, Mikalai Ulasevich, civil society and political activist from Astravets district, Hrodna region, received a message from his Lithuania-based lawyer. On this day, the highest court of the country dismissed an appeal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania against the decision of the administrative court of Vilnius, which found violations in the decision of the authorities of Lithuania to ban Ulasevich’s entry to the country for three months in September of 2012 due to the fact that a referendum on the construction of a nuclear power plant was then being held.

Salihorsk human rights defender keeps opposing illegal travel ban threats

20.08.2013 Salihorsk human rights defender keeps opposing illegal travel ban threats

In a dispute between the local representative of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, Leanid Markhotka, and the Communal Unitary Enterprise "Cash Settlements Centre of the City of Salihorsk" the Prosecutor's Office of Minsk region sided with the state-owned enterprise.

Salihorsk human rights defender keeps opposing illegal travel ban threats

17.07.2013 Salihorsk human rights defender keeps opposing illegal travel ban threats

In search of the truth in a dispute with Salihorsk public utility center, local human rights defender Leanid Markhotka lodged a statement with the prosecutor of Minsk region.

Salihorsk Prosecutor’s Office says threats of entry in foreign travel black list are legal

18.06.2013 Salihorsk Prosecutor’s Office says threats of entry in foreign travel black list are legal

Salihorsk District Prosecutor’s Office took the side of the government in a dispute between local human rights activist Leanid Markhotka and the town’s public utility center.

Salihorsk human rights defender challenges foreign travel ban for non-payment of utility bills

28.05.2013 Salihorsk human rights defender challenges foreign travel ban for non-payment of utility bills

Salihorsk human rights defender Leanid Markhotka addressed the District Prosecutor with a complaint against the town’s public utility centre. The officials are reportedly going to enforce foreign travel restrictions for persons who have not paid their utility bills for more than one month. The blacklists are said to be sent together with the bills.

17.04.2013 Ivashkevich cannot leave Belarus due to “destructive talks about sanctions”

A coordinator of European Belarus civil campaign, Viktar Ivashkevich, was banned from leaving the country, because he has not “repented” on the Charter'97 website.

Homel: incompetency of judges or justice imitation?

08.04.2013 Homel: incompetency of judges or justice imitation?

For the last six months the Belarusian Themis has been unable to find the issue of bringing a civil case on appeal of the head of Homel regional branch of the Belarusian Leftist Party "Fair World, Ualdzimir Siakerka, against his unlawful detrainment by Homel border guards on 14 October 2012 in the border crossing point "Tsiarukha".

27.03.2013 Ex-political prisoner Martsaleu banned to leave Belarus for treatment

Siarhei Martsaleu requested the opportunity to go for a few months to Poland, Ukraine and Russia, Euroradio reports.

19.02.2013 Iryna Khalip advised to go abroad and not return

The journalist, who was permitted to travel abroad, came to the Partyzanski district police department for a check. In the office of the chief of the corrections department, she met Alyaksandr Kupchenya, the deputy head of the supervision and corrections department at Minsk's main police department.

31.01.2013 Anastasia Dashkevich (Palazhanka) taken off train to Vilnius

Anastasia Dashkevich(Palazhanka), the wife of political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich, was taken off the train, as she was going to take exams at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, the Nasha Niva newspaper reports. The reason for the detention is that she reportedly failed to change her passport after the marriage.

29.01.2013 Iryna Khalip applies for leaving Belarus

Iryna Khalip asks permission to leave for the UK and Russia.

24.01.2013 Deputy Prosecutor General: Sentence to Iryna Khalip does not contain direct prohibition on going abroad

“According to the court decision, there are no obstacles to travelling abroad. She should contact the corrections office of Minsk's Partyzanski district police department. She is under supervision of this agency. Khalip should file there an application. The office chief will examine it and make his decision,” deputy prosecutor general of Belarus Alyaksei Stuk told BelaPAN news agency.

Lawyer Hary Pahaniayla denied compensation for illegal travel restrictions

23.01.2013 Lawyer Hary Pahaniayla denied compensation for illegal travel restrictions

On January 23, Maskouski District Court of Minsk pronounced judgment in the lawsuit brought by Hary Pahaniayla, chairman of the BHC’s legal committee, against a number of government agencies. The human rights defender contested the actions of three ministries at a time – Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of the Interior. However, without success.

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