News for 22 Jul 2011

Will torture become criminal in Belarus?

22.07.2011 Will torture become criminal in Belarus?

The Belarusian Ministry of the Interior has initiated the introduction of the term “torture” into the Criminal Code, following a request by Ksenia Dubitskaya, graduate of the Human Rights School.

22.07.2011 6 more political prisoners lose appeals in Minsk City Court

Minsk City Court panel of judges headed by Uladzimir Stsyapurka has taken the decision today, on July 22.

22.07.2011 Nyaklyayeu and Dzmitryyeu’s sentences not changed

Minsk City Court has not satisfied their appeals.

HR defender Paplauny: “The judge that tried me has no right to administer justice in future”

22.07.2011 HR defender Paplauny: “The judge that tried me has no right to administer justice in future”

Homel human rights defender Anatol Paplauny has addressed Justice Minister Viktar Halavanau with an appeal, demanding to provide legal assessment to the actions by a judge of Homel Tsentralny District Court, who reportedly pronounced an illegal sentence to the activist.

22.07.2011 Bruzhi protesters’ trial to continue on August 1

Hrodna regional custom house and the local police would like to fine them for 10 million roubles.

22.07.2011 Silent protester’s appeal satisfied by Brest Province Court

Dzmitry Shurhai was sentenced to 7 days of arrest.

Dead or alive? (updated)

22.07.2011 Dead or alive? (updated)

Have the death sentences to Aleh Hryshkautsou and Andrei Burdyka been executed or not? This is the question incited by numerous reports quoting a publication in the state-owned “Vecherniy Grodno” newspaper of 20 July.

At least 4 persons detained in auto protest against fuel prices rise

22.07.2011 At least 4 persons detained in auto protest against fuel prices rise

At least 4 car-owners were detained during an auto protest against another fuel prices rise staged in downtown Minsk yesterday. They were taken to the nearest police department and charged with parking violation.

Barysau: 5-day arrests

22.07.2011 Barysau: 5-day arrests

On 21 July, Barysau court considered the administrative cases of United Civil Party activist Mikalai Vitorski and press photographer of the www.ex-press.by web-site Aliaksandr Ziankou, charged with alleged participation in an unauthorized “silent protest” on 20 July.

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