News for 17 Feb 2013

The law may require apology for illegal administrative conviction

17.02.2013 The law may require apology for illegal administrative conviction

The House of Representatives hosted a meeting of the Committee on Legislation, which discussed the draft law “On amendments and additions to the Code of Administrative Offences and the Procedural-Executive Code of Administrative Offences”.

17.02.2013 Brest customs officers detain two Belarusian Wikipedia authors over suspicious books

Brest customs officers detained today two men, Ulad Hurynovich and Ruslan Yasayeu, who were returned from the meeting of the “Day of the Belarusian Wikipedia in Warsaw”, which was held yesterday at the University Collegium Civitas in the Palace of Culture and Science, Nasha Niva reports.

17.02.2013 Hrodna human rights defenders don’t give up

The representatives of the human rights movement in Hrodna will appeal unfair decisions by the Courts of Lenininski District and Hrodna Region to recognize their photography posted on the Internet as an unauthorized picket, Radio Racyja reports.

17.02.2013 Another rock concert banned in Minsk

The administration of the Minsk-based Doodah King club announced cancellation of a concert scheduled for 18 February and entitled “Bulboks-Live”, which was expected to feature the bands IQ48 and Dai Darohu, Nasha Niva reports referring to the organizers’ account on the social network “VKontakte”.

“Life After Prison”: a new book by Aliaksandr Tamkovich

17.02.2013 “Life After Prison”: a new book by Aliaksandr Tamkovich

The new book by publicist Aliaksandr Tamkovich “Life After Prison” will be presented on 26 February. The book consists of 27 articles, which tell about what happened in the lives of the participants of the tragic events of December 19, 2010, who served short prison terms for participating in the so-called “riots”.

Vitsebsk activists detained for displaying banner (Photo)

17.02.2013 Vitsebsk activists detained for displaying banner (Photo)

The detention took place at 12.10 yesterday. Aliaksei Kishchuk and Stanislau Laurenau, members of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party, were taken to the police station. Soon both guys were unavailable on the phone, and then they sent a text message that they would be tried on Monday, and before that they were placed in the detention center.

Autukhovich not to apply for clemency

17.02.2013 Autukhovich not to apply for clemency

This was told by an activist from the district center of Haradok Leanid Haravy, referring to a letter received from the political prisoner. In particular, Leanid Haravy says: “In my previous letter I wrote to him that the head of state was waiting for at least three words from political prisoners – “Please release me”. However, Autukhovich said he was not going to write even three words.

Homel Regional Court overturns conviction of Fair World member

17.02.2013 Homel Regional Court overturns conviction of Fair World member

Homel Regional Court overturned on 15 February the decision of Zhlobin District Court to hand down three years of suspended imprisonment to a member of the Fair World party Yauhen Basareuski.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: On Pornography

17.02.2013 Valiantsin Stefanovich: On Pornography

A curious statement was made by Uladzimir Rabavolau, deputy chairman of the Operations and Analytical Centre (OAC) at the President’s Administration, in his interview to Radio Liberty last week. According to him, the websites blocked for public access by resolutions of the OAC of June 29, 2010, may appeal the restrictions with the authorities. And, if they fix the alleged flaws, access will be restored.

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