News for 21 Jul 2011

21.07.2011 Alleged protester loses job

Employee of Minsk Automobile Plant Anatol Sytsko, sentenced to 8 days of arrest for alleged participation in a “silent protest” on 6 July, has been forced to quit his job, “Nasha Niva” newspaper reports.

21.07.2011 Mahiliou court turns down complaints by “silent protesters”

On 21 July, Mahiliou regional court dismissed the complaints lodged by human rights defender Barys Bukhel, journalists Ales Asiptsou, Alina Skrybunova, Hanna Ilyina and civil activist Valiantsin Labachou, European Radio for Belarus reports.

Protesters stand trials in Minsk

21.07.2011 Protesters stand trials in Minsk

The persons detained during yesterday’s “silent protest” in Minsk have stood trials in the city’s courts this afternoon. All of them face charges for disorderly conduct.

21.07.2011 Rechytsa activist receives political asylum in Poland

Rechytsa civil activist Viktar Kantsavenka, known as former campaign chief of presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich, has received political asylum in Poland, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

21.07.2011 Yauhen Vaskovich in disciplinary cell for refusal to hand in his Bible

Babruisk journalist, convicted for an attempt to set KGB building on fire,has been punished for "breaking internal regime" once again.

Former local council candidate submits complaint to UN HR Committee

21.07.2011 Former local council candidate submits complaint to UN HR Committee

Homel activist Marya Bahdanovich, who was running for the local council in 2010, has submitted a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee, arguing that chair of the city’s election commission Mr. Paroshyn was involved in election violations.

Detainee beaten and intimidated by unknown person

21.07.2011 Detainee beaten and intimidated by unknown person

According to Anton Ruliou, detained on 6 July in Minsk and sentenced to 10 days of arrest, he was beaten and threatened with drug-related prosecution by an unknown person after he was taken to Minsk Savetski District Police Department.

Over 10 persons detained at rock concert in Minsk

21.07.2011 Over 10 persons detained at rock concert in Minsk

Over 10 persons were detained at a rock concert and taken to the nearest police station in Minsk last evening.

21.07.2011 Two more death convicts executed in Belarus

Hronda residents Aleh Hryshkavets and Andrei Burdyka sentenced to death for alleged triple murder have been executed, the state-owned Vecherniy Grodno newspaper reports.

Some 30 persons detained in “silent protests” on 20 July

21.07.2011 Some 30 persons detained in “silent protests” on 20 July

Some 30 persons were detained during so called “silent protests” across Belarus on 20 July, with 20 protesters detained in Minsk.

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