News for 17 May 2010

Two more death sentences passed in Belarus

17.05.2010 Two more death sentences passed in Belarus

On 14 May Hrodna Regional Court sentenced two local residents to death for a triple murder, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports. Judge Piotr Bandyk found 29-year-old Aleh Hryshkautsou and 28-year-old Andrei Burdyka guilty of committing three murders, robbery with violence and arson back in October 2009.

Violent dispersal and detentions of participants of Gay Pride in Minsk are violation of right to freedom of peaceful assembly and manifestation of discrimination

17.05.2010 Violent dispersal and detentions of participants of Gay Pride in Minsk are violation of right to freedom of peaceful assembly and manifestation of discrimination

Statement by the Human Rights Center ‘Viasna’ On 15 May 2010, representatives of the Interior Ministry violently dispersed a peaceful demonstration of LGBT community activists. The Minsk city authorities banned the event due to a formal reason and failed to provide an opportunity to hold the demonstration in a different place, which would suit both sides.

17.05.2010 Barysau human rights activists appeal rally restrictions

A number of Barysau human rights activists have lodged a complaint with the Barysau district executive committee, appealing against administrative restrictions imposed by the local authorities on street actions locations.

CEC sees no violations of electoral laws in Mahiliou region

17.05.2010 CEC sees no violations of electoral laws in Mahiliou region

Seven opposition candidates, including representatives of the United Civic Party Mikalai Rasiuk, Yury Novikau and Siarhei Niarouny, members of the Freedom and Progress Party Aliaksandr Silkou and Yury Stukalau, as well as independent candidates Larysa Shukaila and Tamara Maskaliova, who were running for the local councils of Mahiliou region, received replies to their appeals against alleged electoral violations, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

Distributor of ‘Novy Chas’ independent newspaper detained by Hrodna police

17.05.2010 Distributor of ‘Novy Chas’ independent newspaper detained by Hrodna police

Dzmitry Bandarchuk, activist of the United Civic Party, was arrested by the Hrodna city police as he was carrying 200 copies of officially registered newspaper ‘Novy Chas’. The distributor was detained outside the city’s bus station, a few minutes after he received the newspapers from his partner and reported this to a friend of his by the phone.

Detained participants of gay parade in Minsk got fines

17.05.2010 Detained participants of gay parade in Minsk got fines

The participants of the rally against homophobia are found guilty of organizing an unauthorized action.

Seven participants of the Slavic gay parade, including members of the organizing committee of St Petersburg gay parade Dzmitry Milkov and Aleksandr Sheremetyev, detained in Minsk last Saturday have been released in the Pershamaiski district court, the website GayRussia.Ru informs.

Belarus: Amnesty International calls on the authorities to respect LGBT rights

17.05.2010 Belarus: Amnesty International calls on the authorities to respect LGBT rights

Amnesty International regrets the decision of the Minsk City Executive Committee to refuse permission for the Slavic Pride march to take place on Saturday 15 May.

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