News for 23 Aug 2013

23.08.2013 Pavel Sapielka: Forced psychiatry may become punitive instrument

The authorities may use forced mental treatment for fighting dissent. Such an opinion came from a former counsel, a human rights activist Pavel Sapielka as he commented for the charter97.org web-site on the forced treatment of a doctor Ihar Pastnou from Viciebsk in a mental hospital.

Vitsebsk resident seeks protection from UN Special Rapporteur

23.08.2013 Vitsebsk resident seeks protection from UN Special Rapporteur

Vitsebsk resident Pyotr Ivanov sent a complaint against the officers of the government of the Republic of Belarus to the office of Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. He asks to recognize that the officials acted against him, as a human rights defender, in an unacceptable manner that is contrary to the spirit and letter of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

23.08.2013 Seven members of Rada of Belarusian Intelligentsia apply for release of Catholic priest Uladzislaw Lazar

Seven members of the Rada (Council) of the Belarusian Intelligentsia have applied for the release of arrested Roman Catholic priest Uladzislaw Lazar against their personal guarantees that he would not flee from prosecution.

Activist Uladzimir Yaromenak faces another trial

23.08.2013 Activist Uladzimir Yaromenak faces another trial

Uladzimir Yaromenak, activist of the youth organization "Young Front", will stand another trial on 28 August. This time he is facing administrative charges. The activist is once again accused of violating preventive supervision rules (Part 2, Article 24.12 of the Administrative Code). Uladzimir Yaromenak learned this from a summons issued by the court of Minsk Pershamaiski district.

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