News for 24 May 2012
24.05.2012 Human rights defender Aleh Vouchak sentenced to 9 days of arrest
Human rights defender Aleh Vouchak has been sentenced to nine days of administrative arrest on disorderly conduct, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.
24.05.2012 Vitsebsk human rights defender urges local police to secure right to free dissemination of information
Mikalai Petrushenka, human rights defender and activist of the Nash Dom campaign, has addressed head of Vitsebsk regional department of internal affairs Aliaksandr Naidzenak with a letter, urging the high police official to provide explanations concerning the confiscation of printed materials from journalist Yulia Kanapliova on 20 May.
24.05.2012 Young Front activist Yaromenak sentenced to 10 days of arrest
Uladzimir Yaromenak, activist of the Young Front opposition movement, has been sentenced to 10 days of administrative arrest for alleged violation of Art. 17.1 of the Administrative Code (“disorderly conduct”).
24.05.2012 Pre-trial detention: measure of restraint or punishment?
The law enforcement agencies of Belarus have drafted a bill “On Making Addenda and Amendments to the Criminal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedures, and the Penal Code of Belarus, as well as the Code of Administrative Offences”, said Mrs. Natallia Andreyeva, head of the department of procedural control over the investigation of crimes against property of the Investigative Committee of Belarus, at a briefing with a BelTA news agency reporter.
24.05.2012 Berlin residents join campaign for abolition of death penalty in Belarus
Amnesty International’s office in Berlin held an action in support of a campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in Belarus.
24.05.2012 Human rights defender Aleh Vouchak detained in Minsk
Human rights defender Aleh Vouchak was reportedly detained by Minsk police this afternoon, the Nasha Niva newspaper reports, quoting the activist’s associate Zmitser Kukhlei.
24.05.2012 Amnesty Report Says Governments 'Fail To Lead' Against Abuse
Amnesty International says courage shown by rights protesters during the past year has been matched by an "endemic failure of leadership" from local and international authorities.
24.05.2012 Concert in hounour of Kastus Kalinouski banned in Hrodna
Famous punk band Kalyan and a new rock project Dzeciuki were expected to play at the concern.
24.05.2012 Brest human rights defender appeals restrictions on peaceful assembly at Constitutional Court
Brest human rights defender Uladzimir Vialichkin has lodged a complaint with the Constitutional Court, appealing a decision by the city’s executive committee that imposed inadmissible restrictions on the freedom of peaceful assembly.
24.05.2012 Babruisk trade union leader appeals unprecedented obstacles
Mikhail Kavalkou, Babruisk leader of the Belarusian Free Trade Union, has lodged a complaint with the town’s prosecuting officials, after he has been unable to access his office located on the territory of local Tractor Supplies Plant, Euroradio reports, quoting the web-site of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions.