News for 20 Aug 2013

Statement by the Human Rights Center "Viasna" on the sentencing of Uladzimir Yaromenak

20.08.2013 Statement by the Human Rights Center "Viasna" on the sentencing of Uladzimir Yaromenak

The sentencing of Uladzimir Yaromenak is an obvious factor that indicates a worsening of the human rights situation in the country and highlights the ongoing negative trend of recent months in this area.

Film "Six Arguments against the Death Penalty" presented online

20.08.2013 Film "Six Arguments against the Death Penalty" presented online

The first film in the series "Six Arguments against the Death Penalty" appeared on the Internet today. Human rights activists and public figures, defendants and their families stress the shortcomings of the judicial system, the existence of torture in Belarusian prisons, lack of preventive effect of the death penalty. They call on the government to abandon capital punishment.

BelaPAN freelance journalist detained in Mahiliou

20.08.2013 BelaPAN freelance journalist detained in Mahiliou

Ales Asiptsou, a freelance reporter for the BelaPAN independent news agency, was briefly detained this morning outside the entrance to the Mahilioukhimvalakno state-owned enterprise.

20.08.2013 Website alexievich.info Blocked in Belarus

For more than 10 days the website of the Belarusian writer Sviatlana Alexievich is not accessible in Belarus.

Former political prisoner Uladzimir Yaromenak sentenced to 3 months of arrest

20.08.2013 Former political prisoner Uladzimir Yaromenak sentenced to 3 months of arrest

Uladzimir Yaromenak, activist of the Young Front opposition movement and former political prisoner, was sentenced to three months of arrest on charges of violating preventive supervision restrictions. The verdict was pronounced this morning by Judge Leanid Yarmolenkau of Minsk Pershamaiski District Court.

Salihorsk human rights defender keeps opposing illegal travel ban threats

20.08.2013 Salihorsk human rights defender keeps opposing illegal travel ban threats

In a dispute between the local representative of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, Leanid Markhotka, and the Communal Unitary Enterprise "Cash Settlements Centre of the City of Salihorsk" the Prosecutor's Office of Minsk region sided with the state-owned enterprise.

Mahiliou human rights defenders appeal ban on picket in support of Ales Bialiatski

20.08.2013 Mahiliou human rights defenders appeal ban on picket in support of Ales Bialiatski

An appeal was lodged with the Leninski District Court of Mahiliou by Barys Bukhel and Aliaksei Kolchyn. The human rights defenders want the Court to cancel Decision of Mahiliou city executive committee of 19 December, 2007 "On Mass Events in the City of Mahiliou," as well as No. 15-12 of June 16, 2010 "On Amendments to Decision No. 25-19 of 19 December, 2007".

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