News for 20 Jul 2012

Minsk court turns down HR defenders’ complaints against foreign travel ban

20.07.2012 Minsk court turns down HR defenders’ complaints against foreign travel ban

Minsk Tsentralny District Court has dismissed the complaints lodged by human rights defenders Valiantsin Stefanovich and Andrei Bandarenka against foreign travel restrictions imposed on them for alleged draft evasion.

20.07.2012 16-year-old girl arrested in connection with Swedish teddy bears “bombing”?

Katyaryna Skurat has been detained by the KGB. Her mobile phone is not available at the moment.

20.07.2012 Urgent: UN informed about torture of political prisoners

Urgent appeals on torture of Statkevich and Dashkevich have been sent to the United Nations.

Appeals asking to investigate the facts of inhuman treatment of political prisoners Mikalai Statkevich and Zmitser Dashkevich were sent to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Investigative Committee covers up police torture?

20.07.2012 Investigative Committee covers up police torture?

The Investigative Committee of Belarus has refused to initiate prosecution of a number of Minsk policemen who reportedly tortured Pavel Plaksa detained on suspicion of a theft on May 30, 2012. Meanwhile, Pavel Plaksa is still in custody at Zhodzina pre-trial prison.

20.07.2012 Zmitser Dashkevich marks birthday in punishment cell

The imprisoned Young Front leader marks his 31st birthday.

Consideration of Aleh Hulak’s travel ban appeal delayed again

20.07.2012 Consideration of Aleh Hulak’s travel ban appeal delayed again

The consideration of a complaint lodged by the Belarusian Helsinki Committee leader Aleh Hulak against foreign travel restrictions has been postponed till 31 July, after the human rights defender presented a number of supplementary papers dealing with the case.

Salihorsk Young Front activist appeals bike race ban

20.07.2012 Salihorsk Young Front activist appeals bike race ban

Salihorsk activist of the Young Front opposition movement Andrei Tychyna has lodged a complaint against a ban imposed on holding a bicycle race marking the anniversary of the 1995 controversial referendum.

Hrodna court turns down complaint by BCD member

20.07.2012 Hrodna court turns down complaint by BCD member

Hrodna Regional Court has upheld an earlier decision of Slonim District Court of 12 July, which fined local activist of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Volha Pansevich BYR 2 mln for alleged swearing and resisting arrest.

Slutsk activist to stand administrative trial

20.07.2012 Slutsk activist to stand administrative trial

Slutsk civil activist Vital Amialkovich is going to be tried on charges of violating Par. 1 Art.21.14 of the Administrative Code for allegedly posting stickers on a wall in central Slutsk.

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