News for 21 Aug 2013
21.08.2013 GayBelarus leaders summoned for conversation to Office for Drug Control and Combating Trafficking in Person
On August 16, Deputy Chairman of the Human Rights Project "GayBelarus" Maksim Dzmitryeu was summoned as a witness without specifying the administrative or criminal case to the Office for Drug Control and Combating Trafficking in Persons of the criminal police. The "conversation," as the representative of the "Belarusian Helsinki Committee", was attended by human rights activist Natalia Mankouskaya.
21.08.2013 Pavel Sapelka on preventive supervision: "It is not the crime that is punished, but the reluctance to demonstrate loyalty to police requirements"
For jurisprudence, of prime significance is the challenge of providing post-penitentiary adaptation of convicts and preventing repeated crimes. In the absence of a consistent government policy for the re-socialization and social integration of those who are released after serving their sentence in prison, they face social and psychological degradation, resulting in possible increase in repeated crimes.
21.08.2013 BAJ Asks State Bodies about Guidelines on Providing Information to Journalists
The press service of BAJ has recently conducted individual surveys among its members about how difficult it is to obtain information from a number of state agencies.
21.08.2013 Supreme Court upholds registration denial for United Civic Party’s youth wing
The Supreme Court of Belarus on Wednesday upheld the justice ministry's decision to deny state registration to the United Civic Party (UCP)’s youth wing called Maladyya Demakraty (Young Democrats).
21.08.2013 Ales Bialiatski allowed short meeting with family
The imprisoned leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski was visited today by his wife Natallia Pinchuk and sister Volha in the Babruisk-based penal colony No. 2.
21.08.2013 Department of Corrections afraid of publicity?
The Department of Corrections of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus did not allow an independent journalist in Vitsebsk region to visit the penitentiary system facilities. An application for this kind of inspection was lodged with the Department by a Vitsebsk member of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Kanstantsin Mardvintsau.
21.08.2013 Authorities refuse to register association "Brest Christian Democrats"
A reply from the main department of Justice of Brest Regional Executive Committee suggests that the reason for the denial is that the names of the organization in Russian and Belarusian are different.