News for 7 Aug 2013

Baranavichy: prosecutor's office is required to discriminated in the case of the Milavidy festival

07.08.2013 Baranavichy: prosecutor's office is required to discriminated in the case of the Milavidy festival

Baranavichy human rights defenders and social activists are outraged at the biased and hasty decision of Judge Katsiaryna Hruda. On 6 August they filed a collective complaint to the prosecutor's office in the administrative case of Viktar Syrytsa.

07.08.2013 “Tell the Truth” didn't succeed in appealing registration denial

The Supreme Court of Belarus dismissed the complaint of the campaign "Tell the Truth" at the refusal of the Ministry of Justice to register the public association. The corresponding decision was voiced on 7 August by Judge Valiantsin Kulik. The Ministry of Justice explained its refusal to register the association by a reference to two "irremediable" violations.

Mikashevichy: provocations against members of independent trade union at “Granite” continue

07.08.2013 Mikashevichy: provocations against members of independent trade union at “Granite” continue

Unidentified provocateurs spread information on internet forums and websites of Mikashevichy and Luninets and that activists and of the independent trade union at the “Granite” plant receive money and orders to discredit the plant from the abroad.

First food parcel for in 8 months passed to imprisoned head of “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski

07.08.2013 First food parcel for in 8 months passed to imprisoned head of “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski

Today, on 7 August, the first food parcel for this year has been passed to the political prisoner Ales Bialiatski. Earlier, on 6 May 2013, his wife Natallia Pinchuk paid a visit to the penal colony No.2 where he has been kept since February 2012, to pass him a food parcel. However, the prison officials reported that in March 2013 Ales Bialiatski was denied the right to receive food parcels for another 6 months as a result of the imposed penalties.

Minsk politicians meet with Slonim residents under police and KGB surveillance

07.08.2013 Minsk politicians meet with Slonim residents under police and KGB surveillance

The Minsk politicians Yury Hubarevich (first deputy chairman of the Movement "For Freedom"), Aliaksei Yanukevich (Chairman of the Belarusian Popular Front Party) and Andrei Dzmitryieu (deputy head of the civic initiative "Tell the Truth") spent the whole day of 6 August in Slonim.

Actions of solidarity held in many countries of the world

07.08.2013 Actions of solidarity held in many countries of the world

Thousands of people around the world have joined the International Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civil society. Human rights defenders, civil society activists, politicians, artists and ordinary citizens from 15 countries took part in solidarity actions on 4 August.

Observatory for the Protection of Human Rigths Defenders: Sentencing of human rights defenders who took part in an action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski

07.08.2013 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rigths Defenders: Sentencing of human rights defenders who took part in an action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski

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.

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