News for 17 Feb 2012

"Criminalization" of Human Rights Defenders Condemned

17.02.2012 "Criminalization" of Human Rights Defenders Condemned

In a press conference, the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) and Human Rights Defenders-Pilipinas (HRDP), condemned a global pattern of repression of human rights defenders.

Ales Bialiatski transferred to Babruisk penal colony

17.02.2012 Ales Bialiatski transferred to Babruisk penal colony

The imprisoned leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski has been convoyed to penal colony No. 2 in the town of Babruisk, Mahiliou region, to serve his 4.5-year term for alleged tax evasion, the human rights defender’s wife says.

Navapolatsk police and KGB raid apartment of local pro-dem activist

17.02.2012 Navapolatsk police and KGB raid apartment of local pro-dem activist

On 16 February, Navapolatsk KGB and police searched the private residence of local pro-democratic activist Mrs. Volha Damaskina, seizing a PC, a laptop and several CDs and DVDs. The raid reportedly dealt with a criminal case under Art. 341 of the Criminal Code opened against the activist’s son Dzmitry Ryzhychenka in April 2010.

17.02.2012 Rymasheuski: All BCD-related websites are down

One of the leaders of the steering committee for the creation of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party has claimed that something like that occurred on December 19, 2010.

17.02.2012 Ill-treatment of political prisoners goes on

A forcible attempt was made to throw Zmitser Dashkevich into a cell with a so-called downcast prisoner.

Front Line Defenders publishes 2012 annual Report on human rights defenders

17.02.2012 Front Line Defenders publishes 2012 annual Report on human rights defenders

This report underlines the crucial role played by human rights defenders in standing up for the rights of others, challenging oppression and speaking out for those who have no voice said Front Line Defenders' Executive Director Mary Lawlor speaking in Dublin today.

17.02.2012 Interrogation in police for taking photo of a flag

Syarhei Serabro, the editor of “Narodnye Novosti Vitebska” newspaper, has been called to police for an interrogation.

MEPs urge Belarus to abolish death penalty and free political prisoners

17.02.2012 MEPs urge Belarus to abolish death penalty and free political prisoners

European Parliament resolution of 16 February 2012 on the death penalty in Belarus, in particular the cases of Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavalyou

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