News for 6 May 2013

UN Rapporteur Miklos Haraszti publishes a report on Belarus

06.05.2013 UN Rapporteur Miklos Haraszti publishes a report on Belarus

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus, Miklos Haraszti, has published his first report on the situation of human rights in the country. The document was prepared under the mandate approved by the UN Council on Human Rights, and presented at the Council on 18 April.

06.05.2013 List of non-profit organizations with rent preferences shortened more than twice

Interestingly, compared with the previous list, the number of political parties, which had rent benefits, decreased: benefits were left to the Communist Party and the Republican Party of Labor and Justice, whereas the Belarusian Social and Sportive Party, the Belarusian Patriotic Party and the Agrarian Party of Belarus were denied benefits.

Former head of Sochi health resort "Belarus" has been kept in KGB remand prison for more than 4 months already

06.05.2013 Former head of Sochi health resort "Belarus" has been kept in KGB remand prison for more than 4 months already

He is charged with a large-scale theft by abuse of his office powers.

Bialynichy: all appeals of families with many children are returned to Byalynichy District Executive Committee

06.05.2013 Bialynichy: all appeals of families with many children are returned to Byalynichy District Executive Committee

In the beginning of May families with many children residing in Byalynichy started getting answers from various state institutions to their collective addresses and complaints about violations of the rights of families with many children during the construction of a dwelling house. As it follows from the answers, all addresses were forwarded to Byalynichy District Executive Committee, whose actions were appealed in the addresses.

Belarus holds second place in Europe in the number of prisoners

06.05.2013 Belarus holds second place in Europe in the number of prisoners

As stated in an appropriate report of the Council of Europe, almost a half of European prisons are overcrowded. The greatest percentage of arrested was registered in Russia, then come Belarus, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

06.05.2013 Journalists Barbarych and Yarashevich appeal court verdicts

The independent journalists informed the Belarusian Association of Journalists about filing appeals against their arrest with Minsk City Court.

06.05.2013 Hrodna: BCD activist to be tried for "Wave of Solidarity"

On 3 May Syarhey Verameyenka, Hrodna member of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party, was summonsed to a district police department and questioned in connection with his detention by people in mufti at the "Wave of Solidarity" action on 12 March.

Baranavichy District Executive Committee bans Milavidy Feast on 150th anniversary of battle of Milavidy

06.05.2013 Baranavichy District Executive Committee bans Milavidy Feast on 150th anniversary of battle of Milavidy

Baranavichy City Executive Committee banned Milavidy feast, planned by the local public for 2 June 20113 and dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Milavidy battle of 1863. This became known from the letter, signed by the deputy head of Baranavichy District Executive Committee Anatol Filanchuk, received by the feast organizers Viachaslau Bolbat, Teresa Silivonchyk and Viktar Syrytsa.

Vitsebsk activists charged twice for single violation

06.05.2013 Vitsebsk activists charged twice for single violation

A member of the Belarusian Popular Front Party Kastus Smolikau was charged with the excess of the legally allowed circulation of officially unregistered press editions. On 24 April a similar report was drawn up on Leanid Autukhou, the head of Vitsebsk regional branch of the Belarusian Popular Front Party. There it is written that the legally allowed circulation of an unregistered edition cannot exceed 299 copies, whereas a much larger number of bulletins was confiscated from the detainees on 22 March.

Baranavichy activists raise the question of ineffective use of finances raised by taxes

06.05.2013 Baranavichy activists raise the question of ineffective use of finances raised by taxes

Anzhela Kambalava, an activist of the civil campaign "Tell the Truth", received an answer from Baranavichy City Executive Committee concerning the terrible condition of the central Tsaruk and Haharyn Streets and the terms of their repairs.

Pavel Seviarynets given three days to visit his home

06.05.2013 Pavel Seviarynets given three days to visit his home

The co-head of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party, political prisoner Pavel Seviarynets was given three days off to spend the Easter in Vitsebsk.

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