News for 21 Dec 2011

Belarusian Helsinki Committee observer fined

21.12.2011 Belarusian Helsinki Committee observer fined

Yulia Khlashchankova, observer of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, has been fined BYR 315,000 for involvement in a protest in central Minsk on 19 December (Article 23.34 of the Administrative Code).

Vitsebsk opposition activist Siarhei Kavalenka faces three years of prison

21.12.2011 Vitsebsk opposition activist Siarhei Kavalenka faces three years of prison

Vitsebsk activist of the Conservative Christian Party “Belarusian Popular Front” Siarhei Kavalenka may be imprisoned for up to three years for alleged violation of suspended sentence restrictions.

BCD activists appeal arrest

21.12.2011 BCD activists appeal arrest

Brest activists of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party Zmitser Shurkhai and Ales Charkashyn are appealing their 5-day arrest for alleged disorderly conduct on 15 December.

21.12.2011 International NGOs stand up for human rights in Belarus

Joint statement of 19 non-governmental organisations International NGOs will organize street actions across Europe to stand up for human rights in Belarus on 19 December 2011.

21.12.2011 Ministry of Taxation insists on closing down Belarusian Helsinki Committee

The latest registered human rights organization in Belarus is on the verge of closing down.

21.12.2011 US expands sanctions against Minsk

The House of Representatives of the United States has announced about news sanctions against Belarus.

A list of officials subject to visa sanctions was expanded and financial restrictions were imposed on the country’s political leaders and security service chiefs.

UN General Assembly adopts Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

21.12.2011 UN General Assembly adopts Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

New York, 19 December 2011 -- This morning, the United Nations General Assembly in New York adopted the Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. This landmark document recognises the right of every one of the planet's seven billion people to have access to human rights education, a lifelong process involving all ages, all parts of society, and every kind of education, formal and informal.

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