News for 19 Apr 2012

19.04.2012 One more criminal case opened against Vasil Parfyankou

Former political prisoner Vasil Parfyankou may face 18 months in custody, 18 months of restriction of freedom or a suspended sentence.

The Observatory refers the case of Mr. Ales Bialiatski to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

19.04.2012 The Observatory refers the case of Mr. Ales Bialiatski to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

On April 2, 2012, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), submitted the case of Mr. Ales Bialiatski to the United Nations (UN) Working group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD).

Nobel Committee registers Ales Bialiatski’s nomination for Peace Prize

19.04.2012 Nobel Committee registers Ales Bialiatski’s nomination for Peace Prize

The Nobel Committee has admitted the nomination of Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski for the 2012 Peace Prize, Polskie Radio reports, quoting Polish Sejm MP Andrzej Halicki and chairman of the Freedom and Democracy Foundation Tomasz Pisula.

BPF Mahiliou activist appeals 3 mln fine

19.04.2012 BPF Mahiliou activist appeals 3 mln fine

Siarhei Niahatsin, activist of the Belarusian Popular Front’s Mahiliou office, has lodged an appeal with the Regional Court against a 3-mln fine imposed by Judge Aksana ratnikava of Leninski District Court.

Mahiliou investigators refuse to prosecute local policemen

19.04.2012 Mahiliou investigators refuse to prosecute local policemen

Mahiliou Leninski District Department of the Investigative Committee has dismissed a complaint lodged by local resident Maksim Aliamouski, who demanded to prosecute four policemen for alleged forgery of a fingerprinting examination report and illegal applying of the Interior Ministry’s Decree No. 68.

Vitsebsk authorities ban pickets

19.04.2012 Vitsebsk authorities ban pickets

Yan Dziarzhautsau, Vitsebsk activist of the Conservative Christina Party “Belarusian Popular Front”, will not be able to stage three pickets, after his applications were dismissed by the administrations of the city’s three districts.

19.04.2012 Former presidential candidate Uss threatened with criminal prosecution for calls for EU sanctions

The Prosecutor General's Office has threatened Dzmitry Uss (Vus), an opposition candidate in Belarus' 2010 presidential election, with criminal prosecution if he continues to call on the European Union to impose economic sanctions against Belarus, BelaPAN said.

Girlfriend of Revolution through Social Networks coordinator fined on disorderly conduct charges

19.04.2012 Girlfriend of Revolution through Social Networks coordinator fined on disorderly conduct charges

Minsk Maskouski District Court has fined Marharyta Lavyshyk, girlfriend of Viachalsau Dziyanau, coordinator of the Revolution through Social Networks online campaign, BYR 1.5 mln for alleged violation of Art. 17.1 of the Administrative Code (disorderly conduct).

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