News for July 2011
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.
27.07.2011 General public prosecution threatens Nyaklyaeu with arrest
Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu was summoned to the General public prosecution on July 26.
27.07.2011 Belarusian Helsinki Committee to address UN on disbarred lawyers
The Belarusian Helsinki Committee is going to inform the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers on the situation with Belarusian lawyers, said BHC deputy chair Hary Pahaniayla, speaking on the recent disbarment of several lawyers this week, the BelaPAN news agency reports.
27.07.2011 Judicial tricks?
Minsk resident Aliaksei Balashou lodged a complaint with Minsk City Court appealing an earlier verdict by Minsk Maskouski District Court. However, the reply received by the plaintiff was signed by the same judge who sentenced Mr. Balashou to 5 days of arrest.
27.07.2011 Most poorly attended silent action
About 20 people have come to the Kamarouski market at 13.00 in Minsk. No detentions have been reported so far.
27.07.2011 Administration of detention center refuses to deliver parcel to jailed mother of post-election protester Mikita Likhavid
The administration of a detention center in Minsk on Tuesday refused to deliver food and hygiene items to the jailed mother of post-election protester Mikita Likhavid.
27.07.2011 Public prosecutor's office finds no danger in Siarhej Androsenka's beating
He asked to start a criminal case against the police. The public prosecutor's office replied they found no actions dangerous for the society.
27.07.2011 Dashkevich in punishment cell again
Young Front leader Zmitser Dashkevich has been thrown into a punishment cell in the Horki penal colony for the third time.
27.07.2011 Bandarenka may be returned to prison just after operation
The coordinator of European Belarus civil campaign has undergone surgery today at the 5th hospital in Minsk.
The operation lasted for 2.5 hours. “Neurosurgeons said it was successful,” the wife of the political prisoner, Volha Bandarenka, said. It is too early to make any conclusions, because such operations require at least some months of rehabilitation.
27.07.2011 MEP Migalski banned to visit Belarus
Marek Migalski, Member of the European Parliament, has been banned to visit Belarus, an immigration official in Minsk said on 27 July.
27.07.2011 Amnesty International condemns recent executions in Belarus
The recent execution of a Belarusian man convicted of assault and murder does nothing to advance the cause of justice, Amnesty International said today.
27.07.2011 Angelika Graf takes on a prisoner’s godparenthood for Siarhei Kazakou
Angelika Graf, deputy spokeswoman on human rights and humanitarian aid for the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag, has taken on a prisoner’s godparenthood for Siarhei Kazakou.
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.
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.