News for 26 Jul 2011

26.07.2011 Mahiliou observers stand trial

Mahiliou Kastrychnitski District Court has started hearing the lawsuit entered by former chair of local election commission Mrs. Iryna Ziamtsova, following an alleged case of label by two observers Mrs. Larysa Shukaila and Liudmila Kavylkina, the BelaPAN news agency reports.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: “Belarus should leave the UN and live under its own national laws”

26.07.2011 Valiantsin Stefanovich: “Belarus should leave the UN and live under its own national laws”

“Under the UN procedures, Belarus should not have executed the death verdicts. However, our country, as I see it, once again ignores its obligations undertaken under the UN instruments”, said human rights defender Valiantsin Stefanovich in an interview to www.zautra.by, following reports of two death convicts being executed in Minsk last week.

26.07.2011 Lida protesters summoned to KGB

Two Lida residents have been summoned to local KGB department after they were spotted by special services during a “silent protest” on 20 July, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

26.07.2011 “December 19” lawyers are disbarred

The lawyers of political prisoners Iryna Halip and Mikita Lihavid have not passed the certification. It has been announced today, on July 26.

26.07.2011 Bicycle race cancelled in Minsk due to “silent actions”

It had to take place in Horki Park on Tuesday, July 26.

26.07.2011 Imprisoned politician Dzmitry Bandarenka brought back to hospital in Minsk

Dzmitry Bandarenka was brought back to Minsk City Clinical Hospital No. 5 late on Monday for back surgery scheduled to be performed on July 26, the wife of the imprisoned opposition politician, Volha, told BelaPAN.

26.07.2011 Human rights mission calls on Belarusian authorities to comply with international treaties on treatment of prisoners

The Observation Mission of the International Committee for Monitoring the Human Rights Situation in Belarus has expressed “deep concern” about the reported maltreatment of Dzmitry Bandarenka, Mikita Likhavid and Andrey Sannikaw who are serving prison sentences after being convicted in connection with the December 19, 2010 post-election protest in Minsk.

Baranavichy authorities ban picket

26.07.2011 Baranavichy authorities ban picket

Baranavichy activist of the United Civil Party Ryhor Hryk will not be able to hold a picket on 30 July, after local authorities dismissed his application.

MEP Migalski releases statement concerning Bandarenka

26.07.2011 MEP Migalski releases statement concerning Bandarenka

Marek Migalski, Member of the European Parliament, has issued a statement concerning Belarusian political prisoner Dzmitry Bandarenka.

By executing two more death sentences Belarus violated the citizens’ right to appeal to the UN Human Rights Committee

26.07.2011 By executing two more death sentences Belarus violated the citizens’ right to appeal to the UN Human Rights Committee

The information on two more death sentences reportedly executed in Belarus last week has been confirmed by the mother of one of the executed persons Andrei Burdyka. On 25 July, Mrs. Burdyka visited Minsk detention center #1 and the center’s chief told the lady her son had been executed. The personal belongings of Mrs. Burdyka’s son were given to her.

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