News for 10 Jan 2013

Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders stands for Uladzimir Khilmanovich, Viktar Sazonau and Raman Yurhel

10.01.2013 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders stands for Uladzimir Khilmanovich, Viktar Sazonau and Raman Yurhel

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Independent website vrogacheve.ru changes the coat of arms to escape persecution

10.01.2013 Independent website vrogacheve.ru changes the coat of arms to escape persecution

The coat of arms of the town of Rahachou (a yellow horn against yellow background) at vrogacheve.ru was replaced with a temporary symbol – four people holding a red rose.

10.01.2013 "Tell the Truth!" activists sentenced to arrest

The Kastrychnitski District Court of Minsk sentenced the activist of the "Tell the Truth!" movement Sviatlana Volkava to 5 days of arrest. Two other activists, Yury Fabisheuski and Aliaksei Marozau, were sentenced to 10 days of arrest.

Solidarity with Hrodna human rights defenders transcends state borders

10.01.2013 Solidarity with Hrodna human rights defenders transcends state borders

Ukrainian human rights defenders declared an Internet action in support of the members of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Uladzimir Khilmanovich and Viktar Sazonau and the member of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Raman Yurhel who had been fined for publishing a photo of themselves with a portrait of the political prisoner Ales Bialiatski on the web.

Svislach case: "regional court maintains the "rigid course"

10.01.2013 Svislach case: "regional court maintains the "rigid course"

The Hrodna Region Court issued a predictably negative ruling on the cassation appeal of the civil activist from Biaroza Siarhei Trafimchyk. The activist tried to appeal the verdict of the judge of the Svislach District Court Zhanna Salahubik of 13 December 2012, according to which he was sentenced to a fine of 800,000 rubles for participation in an action in the memory of the anti-Russian uprising of 1863-1864.

10.01.2013 Zmitser and Nasta Dashkevichs have the first meeting in prison after marriage

Nasta Dashkevich (maiden surname – Palazhanka) – had the first meeting with her husband, political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich in the morning of 9 January at the Hrodna prison. The meeting lasted for two hours.

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