News for 13 Nov 2012

UN Special Rapporteur informed about repression and political prisoners

13.11.2012 UN Special Rapporteur informed about repression and political prisoners

Belarusian human rights activists met with Miklós Haraszti in Vilnius.

Supreme Economic Court turns down complaint by Baranavichy activist

13.11.2012 Supreme Economic Court turns down complaint by Baranavichy activist

On November 13 the Supreme Economic Court heard the cassation appeal lodged by Baranavichy businessman Mikalai Charnavus against the administration of the city’s private market. As a result, Judge Kiyenka examined the case in only five minutes and ruled to dismiss the complaint.

13.11.2012 Tamara Sidarenka: A very broad definition is given for terrorism

The changes introduced into the legislation about fight on terrorism and countering extremism made the definition of terrorism very broad in Belarus. Such an opinion was given by the expert of the Center for Legal Transformation Tamara Sidarenka to the EuroBelarus’s press-service.

Documentary on death penalty presented in Khmelnytsky

13.11.2012 Documentary on death penalty presented in Khmelnytsky

On November 12 the Ukraine-based city of Khmelnytsky hosted the screening of “Departed on Sentence” human rights documentary. The screening was organized by Khmelnytsky regional office of the public organization "Center of Legal Protection".

Government unwilling to compensate Homel resident’s moral damage for illegal conviction

13.11.2012 Government unwilling to compensate Homel resident’s moral damage for illegal conviction

Three appeals have been filed against the decision of Homel Chyhunachny District Court demanding 50 million rubles in moral damages for local resident Yauhen Dzedushkin.

“Belarus Press Photo” albums seized at border

13.11.2012 “Belarus Press Photo” albums seized at border

42 copies of the “Belarus Press Photo 2011” contest albums were seized for examination by the Belarusian customs officials at the Lithuanian border, press photographer Yulia Darashkevich reports.

13.11.2012 Belarusian journalist Iryna Khalip won the Hermann Kesten Prize

The prize was founded by the German PEN Centre. Khalip, a Minsk correspondent for Novaya Gazeta (Russia) and the wife of former Belarusian presidential candidate and political prisoner Andrei Sannikov, was not able to attend the award ceremony, because she serves her two-year suspended sentence for taking part in a protest rally against the rigged results of the presidential elections on December 19, 2010.

13.11.2012 Dzmitry Dashkevich had a meeting with the lawyer

On 9 November Dzmitry Dashkevich, the leader of the international organization Young Front (Czech Republic), who is now in the Grodna prison No 1, met his lawyer.

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