News for 20 Feb 2012

Vitsebsk human rights defender demands release of Siarhei Kavalenka

20.02.2012 Vitsebsk human rights defender demands release of Siarhei Kavalenka

Vitsebsk human rights defender Pavel Levinau has submitted a written appeal with Pershamaiski District Court demanding a milder measure of restraint for the imprisoned opposition activist Siarhei Kavalenka, ahead of the trial he is to stand on 21 February.

Hrodna resident appeals fine for refusing fingerprinting

20.02.2012 Hrodna resident appeals fine for refusing fingerprinting

On 20 February, Hrodna resident Ruslan Piatsko lodged an appeal with Hrodna Regional Court against a BYR 700,000 fine for refusing to undergo fingerprinting back on 10 February.

Babruisk activist appeals fine at Supreme Court

20.02.2012 Babruisk activist appeals fine at Supreme Court

Babruisk resident Artsiom Markhasiou has lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court, after his complaint against a BYR 700,000 fine was dismissed by Mahiliou Regional Court.

Former political prisoner’s father harassed by tax inspection

20.02.2012 Former political prisoner’s father harassed by tax inspection

On 17 February, Uladzimir Palazhanka, father of the Young Front’s deputy chair Nasta Palazhanka, was summoned to Minsk Pershamaiski District Tax Inspection.

Salihorsk authorities keep banning pickets

20.02.2012 Salihorsk authorities keep banning pickets

Aliaksandr Rymasheuski, chair of Salihorsk district executive committee, has banned three pickets scheduled for 17-19 February, referring to Par. 6 Art. 5 of the Mass Events Code.

20.02.2012 Brest district authorities ban three protests against worsening living standards

The Brest District Executive Committee has rejected three applications from opposition activists for permission to stage demonstrations in local villages in protest against plunging living standards.

20.02.2012 Inter Press Service: Political Prisoners Facing Oppression

"I had to fight to be treated like a human, not animal," dissident Nikolai Avtukhovich wrote from prison.

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