News for 16 May 2012

Hrodna: Predictable court ruling

16.05.2012 Hrodna: Predictable court ruling

Hrodna Leninski District Court has dismissed appeals by local pro-democratic activists Yury Istomin, Vadzim Saranchukou and Uladzimir Khilmanovich in their lawsuit against the city’s executive committee.

Youth activist Ivan Amelchanka convicted of “disorderly conduct”

16.05.2012 Youth activist Ivan Amelchanka convicted of “disorderly conduct”

Judge Mikhail Khoma of Minsk Leninski district Court has sentenced activist Ivan Amelchanka to 15 days of administrative arrest on hooliganism charges.

Former political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou faces new criminal charges

16.05.2012 Former political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou faces new criminal charges

On 29 May Minsk Pershamaiski District Court is to open the hearing of a criminal case of former prisoner of conscience Vasil Parfiankou who is facing charges of violating preventive supervision restrictions.

Current situation in Belarus to be discussed at human rights documentary film festival in Bruxelles

16.05.2012 Current situation in Belarus to be discussed at human rights documentary film festival in Bruxelles

FIDH, Viasna and People in Need invite you to the screening of ONE WORLD 2012 documentary “BELORUSSIAN DREAM” by Ekaterina Kibalchich with the presence of Taciana Reviaka from VIASNA and Alexandra KOULAEVA from FIDH to be held in Bruxelles at Rue Caroly 15, 1050 on 21 May as part of the sixth annual One World human rights documentary film festival.

Alternative service: No law for conscientious objectors

16.05.2012 Alternative service: No law for conscientious objectors

“Persons who claim the right to perform alternative service are not draft evaders, but conscientious objectors who do not want to perform military service with weapons in their hands. They agree to larger service time,” said Yauhen Asiyeuski, coordinator of the campaign “For Alternative Civil Service”, at today’s press-conference in Minsk.

Hrodna officials keep restricting freedom of assembly

16.05.2012 Hrodna officials keep restricting freedom of assembly

Hrodna city executive committee keeps violating the Mass Events Code by either denying local pro-democratic activists’ rights to stage pickets and meetings or failing to authorize the events in due time.

Youth activist Amelchanka to stand trial on administrative charges

16.05.2012 Youth activist Amelchanka to stand trial on administrative charges

Youth activist Ivan Amelchanka was detained yesterday at Minsk Leninski District Police Department and later taken to a detention center in Akrestsin Street. He is expected to stand administrative trial tomorrow morning.

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