News for 16 Aug 2013

Review-Chronicle of Human Rights Violations in Belarus in July 2013

16.08.2013 Review-Chronicle of Human Rights Violations in Belarus in July 2013

In July, the tendency to deterioration of the human rights situation in Belarus persisted. 12 political prisoners were still kept behind bars: Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Autukhovich, Ales Bialiatski, Dzmitry Dashkevich, Mikalai Dziadok, Aliaksandr Frantskevich, Andrei Haidukou, Eduard Lobau, Artsiom Prakapenka, Pavel Seviarynets, Mikalai Statkevich and Yauhen Vaskovich. Dzmitry Miadzvedz and Sviataslau Baranovich continued serving their terms of personal restraint without sending to open penitentiaries, and Andrei Pachobut – his suspended sentence. In June a criminal case was brought against the former political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou for breach of the rules of preventive supervision, and in July a similar criminal case was brought against Uladzimir Yaromenak. Preventive supervision as a means of control and pressure continued to be used against the former political prisoner Pavel Vinahradau. Prophylactic supervision was used towards 25 pardoned and released ahead of schedule. The investigation into the criminal case under Article 193.1, “activities on behalf of an unregistered organization”, against Aliaksei Shchadrou continued.

Belarusian authorities ignore petitions from Chernobyl disaster veterans

16.08.2013 Belarusian authorities ignore petitions from Chernobyl disaster veterans

The Kyiv-based public organization called "Union-Chernobyl-Belarus", chaired by an ambulance paramedic from the town of Zhodzina, Aliaksandr Valchanin, has not received responses to their address with a proposal to unify the "Chernobyl" legislation of Russia and Belarus submitted to the Belarusian parliament, the government and the Ministry of Emergency Situations over a month ago.

Salihorsk civil society activist petitions Constitutional Court

16.08.2013 Salihorsk civil society activist petitions Constitutional Court

Salihorsk civil society activist Uladzimir Shyla considers it necessary to change the practice of executive agencies and courts of general jurisdiction in their repeated bans on public events. Last year alone, the activist received 37 bans on his applications. To change this situation, he submitted a petition to the Constitutional Court.

16.08.2013 Statkievich fainted in prison cell

The political prisoner’s wife Maryna Adamovich reported of the incident.

Mahiliou authorities ban picket of Metalworkers’ Free Trade Union

16.08.2013 Mahiliou authorities ban picket of Metalworkers’ Free Trade Union

The event was to be held on August 9 at a location specified for the purposes by the executive committee.

16.08.2013 Police supervision after release from jail

Zmitser Dashkeivch will be placed under police supervision after the release. BelaPAN news agency has learnt it from Anastasia Dashkeivch, the political prisoner's wife.

Valiantsin Stefanovich. Ryhor Yuzepchuk’s “secrets of investigation”

16.08.2013 Valiantsin Stefanovich. Ryhor Yuzepchuk’s “secrets of investigation”

As it became known, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus rejected the appeal of Ryhor Yuzepchuk, an inmate of Mahiliou prison sentenced to death earlier this year. The verdict handed down on Yuzepchuk by the Mahiliou Regional Court for the murder of his cellmate finally entered into force.

1 mln fine for protest against Russian air base

16.08.2013 1 mln fine for protest against Russian air base

Leninski District Court of Mahiliou fined yesterday local activist of the United Civil Party Mikalai Hladyshau for staging an unauthorized rally in the center of the city.

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