News for 15 Oct 2012

Slonim: mechanic gets his wage cut for appeal to labor inspection

15.10.2012 Slonim: mechanic gets his wage cut for appeal to labor inspection

Mikhail Soshka, a mechanic of the Slonim knitting factory, applied to the district labor inspection and stated that he and five more workers of the steam-power workshop are forced to do the work that does not belong to their circle of duties and is dangerous for the factory and their own lives.

Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders protests against arbitrary closure of "Platforma"

15.10.2012 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders protests against arbitrary closure of "Platforma"

Here is the full text of the Observatory's Urgent Appeal on this case.

Belarusian border gurads tortured Indian migrants to obtain false testimonies against civil activist Vital Koush

15.10.2012 Belarusian border gurads tortured Indian migrants to obtain false testimonies against civil activist Vital Koush

On 4 September the civil activist from Brest Vital Koush received charges under Article 371-1, part 2 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus – organization of unlawful migration, which envisages up to 7 years of imprisonment.

Former candidate sues Brest City Executive Committee

15.10.2012 Former candidate sues Brest City Executive Committee

Aliaksandr Melnik, a Brest citizen who ran for the Parliament at the latest election at the Brest-Western constituency #1, filed a lawsuit to court after receiving an answer from the city authorities.

Bialiatski: “These 209 postcards lifted my mood for 209 days and filled me with energy”

15.10.2012 Bialiatski: “These 209 postcards lifted my mood for 209 days and filled me with energy”

The imprisoned head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Ales Bialiatski writes that he is still trying to answer all congratulations he receives on his 50th birthday. He counted about 700 by 4 October.

15.10.2012 Rahachou: civil activist Dznianis Dashkevich fined 3 million rubles

On 12 October the Rahachou City Court took a decision on the law suit of the district’s newspaper “Svabodnaye Slova” against the creator of a local web-site Dzianis Dashkevich.

15.10.2012 Opposition activist Uladzimir Siakerka searched on the border

Uladzimir Siakerka, a member of the “Fair World” party, was taken off Chernihiv-Homel train at Tsiarukha station on the border on 14 October.

Review-Chronicle of Human Rights Violations in Belarus in September 2012

15.10.2012 Review-Chronicle of Human Rights Violations in Belarus in September 2012

The situation of human rights in Belarus remained stably bad in September. At the same time, important changes in the situation of political prisoners took place – two political prisoners were released: Vitsebsk activist of the Conservative-Christian Party “Belarusian Popular Front” Siarhei Kavalenka and an activist of the anarchist movement Pavel Syramalotau (on 26 and 27 September respectively). Both political prisoners had written pardon petitions for Lukashenka back in June 2012. However, the decision about their release was taken only three months after.

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