News for 27 Aug 2013

Minsk City Court rejects appeal by Tatsiana Reviaka

27.08.2013 Minsk City Court rejects appeal by Tatsiana Reviaka

The Minsk City Court considered today an appeal by human rights defender Tatsiana Reviaka lodged to contest a three million rubles fine handed down on her on August 6. As a result, Judge Aliaksei Bychko upheld the decision of Savetski District Court, dismissing the complaint.

Ales Bialiatski shortlisted for Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize

27.08.2013 Ales Bialiatski shortlisted for Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize

The imprisoned leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski has been shortlisted for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, along with two more nominees: the Georgian Young Lawyers' Association and the Rights Defense Network (China).

Vitsebsk opposition activists campaign to protest forced psychiatric treatment of doctor Pastnou

27.08.2013 Vitsebsk opposition activists campaign to protest forced psychiatric treatment of doctor Pastnou

Representatives of Vitsebsk pro-democratic forces have launched a campaign to address the Prosecutor of Vitsebsk region with an open letter concerning the decision of the District Court to apply forced psychiatric treatment towards doctor Ihar Pastnou.

Vitsebsk BPF leader petitions Parliament over plans to outlaw election boycott campaigning

27.08.2013 Vitsebsk BPF leader petitions Parliament over plans to outlaw election boycott campaigning

Leanid Autukhou, Vitsebsk leader of the Belarusian Popular Front, sent a statement to the Legislation Commission of the House of Representatives.

Homel police refuse to guard Fair World’s picket

27.08.2013 Homel police refuse to guard Fair World’s picket

The Homel regional office of the United Party of the Left "Fair World" submitted to the city executive committee applications for three pickets (on 24, 25 and 26 September) expected to report on the party's ideas and discuss the socio-economic situation in Belarus.

Supreme Court rejects appeal by Andrei Haidukou

27.08.2013 Supreme Court rejects appeal by Andrei Haidukou

The Supreme Court considered today an appeal by Andrei Haidukou and ruled to uphold the verdict. On July 1, in a closed trial Andrei Haidukou was found guilty of attempting to establish contacts with a foreign intelligence service with no evidence of high treason.

Baranavichy entrepreneur fined for organizing strike

27.08.2013 Baranavichy entrepreneur fined for organizing strike

The Court of the district and the city of Baranavichy considered yesterday the administrative charges brought against local civil society activist and entrepreneur Mikhalai Charnavus for alleged violating Part 3, Art. 23.34 (organizing and holding an unauthorized mass event) during the rallies staged by local entrepreneurs on 27 June and 1 July.

Mahiliou Regional Court confirms KGB supervision for BCD activist

27.08.2013 Mahiliou Regional Court confirms KGB supervision for BCD activist

Mahiliou Regional Court considered yesterday the appeal lodged by an activist of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party, Aleh Aksionau. The activist tried to appeal against a conversation he was subjected to by the KGB agents, the Committee’s supervision over the activist, as well as the anti-Constitutional character of Article 193.1 of the Criminal Code criminalizing activities on behalf of an unregistered organization.

Belarus violates rights of Polish national

27.08.2013 Belarus violates rights of Polish national

Such a conclusion was arrived at by the UN Human Rights Committee after considering the case of Mrs. Volha Pichuhina. The Committee found a violation of paragraph 3, Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the right to be brought promptly before a judge in order to address the issue of detention and recommended that the Belarusian government did not repeat such mistakes in the future and compensated the victim’s damages.

27.08.2013 10 days in jail for picketing against Russian military base

The Tsentralny District Court of Minsk sentenced yesterday Mikalai Hladyshau, Mahiliou activist of the United Civil Party, to 10 days of arrest for staging a protest against the deployment of Russian military bases in Belarus, Radio Liberty’s Belarus service reports.

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