News for 28 Jul 2011

28.07.2011 Police raid apartment of blogger Lipkovich

The private apartment of famous blogger Yauhen Lipkovich has been searched by Minsk police this evening, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, quoting Mr. Lipkovich’s wife Volha.

Prosecuting authorities ignore police-related violence reports

28.07.2011 Prosecuting authorities ignore police-related violence reports

According to Mr. Uladzimir Marozau, he lost consciousness after a plain-clothes policeman put a knee across his neck, and subsequently appealed the incident at Minsk City Prosecutor’s Office.

28.07.2011 Supreme Court turns down claim by BHC

The Supreme Court has dismissed the complaint lodged by the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, appealing a warning addressed by the Ministry of Justice on 6 June 2011 for alleged “repeated tax violations”, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

28.07.2011 Mahiliou court upholds verdicts to local protesters

Mahiliou Regional Court has dismissed the appeals by two local residents detained during a “silent protest” on 3 July, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

28.07.2011 Two persons detained in Brest on 27 July

Two persons were reportedly detained during a “silent protest” in Brest last evening, as some 20 people gather in the city’s center, the BelaPAN news agency reports.

28.07.2011 Lawyer not allowed to see Dashkevich

Maryana Syameshka, Zmitser Dashkevich's lawyer, and Nasta Palazhanka, the fiancee of the political prisoner, visited the penal colony in Horki on Thursday.

28.07.2011 Two women briefly detained after they lay flowers at Yanka Kupala monument in Minsk

Two women were briefly detained by police after they laid flowers at the monument to literary great Yanka Kupala in Minsk on the evening of July 27.

UN committee says executions in Belarus violate international obligations

28.07.2011 UN committee says executions in Belarus violate international obligations

27 July 2011 – The United Nations Human Rights Committee today accused Belarus of violating its international agreements by executing two persons while their cases were still under review by the committee.

Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians regrets over Belarusian Parliament's formal replies on disappearances of Hanchar and Krasouski

28.07.2011 Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians regrets over Belarusian Parliament's formal replies on disappearances of Hanchar and Krasouski

At its 134th session held in Geneva on 4-7 July, the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union adopted a decision on the case of Viktar Hanchar's disappearance, reiterating its wish to ascertain the views and response of the authorities on a number of questions.

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