News for 17 Apr 2013

Verdict in extremism trial expected tomorrow

17.04.2013 Verdict in extremism trial expected tomorrow

The Court of Ashmiany district (Hrodna region) considered today a lawsuit brought by the KGB’s regional office to recognize the “Belarus Press Photo 2011” album an extremist edition.

17.04.2013 Ivashkevich cannot leave Belarus due to “destructive talks about sanctions”

A coordinator of European Belarus civil campaign, Viktar Ivashkevich, was banned from leaving the country, because he has not “repented” on the Charter'97 website.

Salihorsk authorities reject proposals for improving language equality

17.04.2013 Salihorsk authorities reject proposals for improving language equality

Salihorsk office of the Belarusian Language Society received a reply to its statement urging the officials to bring the names of local executive bodies in compliance with the Constitution and the Law “On Languages.” Among other things, the BSL demanded to translate the signs on the buildings of Salihorsk district executive committee and the district council of deputies into the Belarusian language, the entrances to which are still decorated with signs only in Russian.

17.04.2013 Viktor Stukov: "I thought I`m going to Polotsk Court, and it turned out that it is the court of Irina Dorotko."

Judge of the Polotsk Court Irina Dorotko has rejected all of the arguments of the trade union leader Victor Stukov, and upheld the employer's decision to dismiss him. According to Victor Stukov, the objections of the trade union lawyer Elena Eskova were responded by the judge as follows: "I don't know about other courts, but here is my court!"

Astravets civil society activist seeking return of seized items

17.04.2013 Astravets civil society activist seeking return of seized items

Astravets civil society activist Mikalai Ulasevich keeps his legal battle with Ashmiany regional customs. He sent another complaint to the district court of Ashmiany to challenge the unlawful actions of customs officials.

Vitsebsk judge goes unpunished

17.04.2013 Vitsebsk judge goes unpunished

“The investigation into the facts of gross disrespect to the participants of the trial by Judge of the Court of Kastrychnitski District of Vitsebsk I.V. Hrabouskaya failed to find grounds for initiating disciplinary proceedings against her,” says an official letter from the first deputy head of the Justice Department of Vitsebsk regional executive committee Ihar Karzhou in response to a statement sent to said department by the head of Vitsebsk regional office of the Belarusian Popular Front Party Leanid Autukhou.

We Will Not Forget: Yury Zakharanka

17.04.2013 We Will Not Forget: Yury Zakharanka

The Minsk office of the Belarusian Popular Front hosted yesterday an event in memory of Yury Zakharanka, former Minister of Internal Affairs, who disappeared almost 14 years ago. The meeting entitled “We Will Not Forget” was arranged by activists of the Young Christian Democrats.

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