News for 29 Jul 2011

29.07.2011 Silent actions participant threatened with criminal responsibility

A 19-year-old Siarhej Biaspalau has been just warned so far.

KGB evades returning seized property

29.07.2011 KGB evades returning seized property

The residence of Minsk activist Iryna Piatrova was twice searched by the KGB: on 20 December 2010 and 25 March 2011. Following the searches, the activist lodged a number of complaints with the city’s prosecuting authorities, demanding to return the seized property.

Plain-clothes policeman beats Baranavichy activist

29.07.2011 Plain-clothes policeman beats Baranavichy activist

On 27 July, Baranavichy civil activist Aliaksandr Vaitseshyk lodged a complaint with the town’s police chief against an incident that reportedly took place in the activist’s flat on the same day.

Human rights defender Sudalenka on MFA’s statement: “You’ll never share someone’s opinion, unless you implement your obligations”

29.07.2011 Human rights defender Sudalenka on MFA’s statement: “You’ll never share someone’s opinion, unless you implement your obligations”

The UN Human Rights Committee’s statement on Belarus’ violations of its international obligations by executing two death sentences is “injurious”, Belarusian MFA spokesperson Andrei Savinykh said on 28 July.

Statement by the International Commission against the Death Penalty on the execution of Aleh Hryshkawtsow and Andrey Burdyka in Belarus

29.07.2011 Statement by the International Commission against the Death Penalty on the execution of Aleh Hryshkawtsow and Andrey Burdyka in Belarus

They were sentenced to death in May 2010 and, according to several human rights organisations, have been executed without neither of them nor their families being notified in advance on their execution date.

29.07.2011 Council of Ministers prepares amendments to Law "On Mass Events"

From now on, it will be necessary to obtain permit not only for pickets and demonstrations, but for silence as well.

29.07.2011 Dzmitry Bandarenka`s woes can prompt EU to expand economic sanctions against Belarus, warns Polish MEP

The woes of imprisoned politician Dzmitry Bandarenka, who underwent back surgery this week, can prompt the Council of the European Union to expand its economic sanctions against Minsk, Jacek Protasiewicz, head of the European Parliament`s Delegation for Relations with Belarus, said in an interview with Polskie Radio on Thursday.

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