News for 30 May 2012

European Belarus activists sentenced to 5 days of arrest

30.05.2012 European Belarus activists sentenced to 5 days of arrest

Maksim Viniarski, activist of the European Belarus opposition movement, has been sentenced to 5 days of administrative arrest.

30.05.2012 Human Rights Watch: Stop Using Courts to Silence Dissent

The Belarusian government should immediately release the prominent human rights defender Oleg Volchek, who was convicted for an apparently politically motivated administrative offense, Human Rights Watch said today. Volchek is serving a nine-day sentence after a trial raising serious due process concerns.

Orsha authorities ban 14 pickets for free elections

30.05.2012 Orsha authorities ban 14 pickets for free elections

Orsha town executive committee has banned a series of pickets scheduled for 31 May. None of the 14 applications has been sanctioned by local executive officials.

Viasna demands to stop illegal administrative arrests of civil activists

30.05.2012 Viasna demands to stop illegal administrative arrests of civil activists

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” condemns the illegal administrative prosecution and arrests of a number of youth activists, including Mikhail Muski, Zmitser Kremianetski, Raman Vasilyeu, Mikalai Dzemidzenka and Pavel Vinahradau, as well as human rights defender Aleh Vouchak.

30.05.2012 Aleh Hulak: Despite fairly mild sentence, there is new political prisoner

Head of Belarusian Helsinki Committee has commented on today’s sentence.

Belarus: Travel ban imposed on human rights defenders

30.05.2012 Belarus: Travel ban imposed on human rights defenders

Front Line Defenders believes that the travel ban is solely imposed on Belarusian human rights defenders as a result of their legitimate human rights work, in particular their denouncement of human rights violations in Belarus.

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