News for 20 Dec 2012

20.12.2012 Parliamentary group on death penalty resumes its work

The National Assembly's working group on the death penalty has resumed its work, BelaPAN said.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: "We did not just beat off the attacks in 2012 – we tried to act efficiently"

20.12.2012 Valiantsin Stefanovich: "We did not just beat off the attacks in 2012 – we tried to act efficiently"

Valiantsin Stefanovich, Deputy Chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", shares his professional assessment of the year. Noting the problems of the entire civil society, the deterioration of the authorities’ contacts with international organizations in the field of human rights, Valiantsin Stefanovich stresses that the main task of human rights defenders for the next year is the same – the release of political prisoners.

BCD Vitsebsk activists fined on hooliganism charges

20.12.2012 BCD Vitsebsk activists fined on hooliganism charges

Judge Valiantsina Kismiaroshkina of Vitsebsk Pershamaiski District Court sentenced today local activists of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party Aliaksei Kishchuk and Stanislau Laurenau to a fine of 300,000 rubles each. The activists were convicted on the basis of testimony by four police officers, who testified that the guys used obscene language against them.

Hrodna Regional Court: A Corporate Wall

20.12.2012 Hrodna Regional Court: A Corporate Wall

On December 20, Hrodna Regional Court heard the complaints by three Svislach civil society activists – Viktar Dziasiatsik, Yury Hlebik and Anatol Valiuk – who contested an earlier decision by Svislach District Court.

20.12.2012 Photographer detained at UCP’s action in Minsk

Photographer Henadz Veratsinski was detained by the police yesterday during an information action held by the activists of the United Civil Party in Minsk, the BelaPAN news agency reports.

20.12.2012 Nina Bahinskaya detained in Minsk

Activist Nina Bahinskaya was detained on October Square at about 8 p.m. yesterday.

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