News for 31 Jan 2014

BATE fans terrorized by police and KGB over support for Ukrainians

31.01.2014 BATE fans terrorized by police and KGB over support for Ukrainians

The law enforcement authorities of Barysau have launched a campaign of hunting for football fans, after several photos were posted online to support Ukraine’s pro-EU protesters, the website barysau.by reports.

Mazyr: observer not allowed to attend formation of precinct commissions

31.01.2014 Mazyr: observer not allowed to attend formation of precinct commissions

Officials of Mazyr district executive committee did not allow local human rights defender Uladzimir Tseliapun to attend a meeting convened to form the precinct election commissions for the upcoming local elections, despite having been delegated by the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.

Homel court turns down human rights defender’s claim against employer

31.01.2014 Homel court turns down human rights defender’s claim against employer

The Court of Homel’s Chyhunachny district turned down a claim by local human rights defender Anatol Paplauny, who was dismissed from work, despite alleged violations of labor rights found by the State Labor Inspectorate. A decision, which has not yet entered into force, was announced on January 29 by judge Vital Kozyrau.

Yauhen Vaskovich visited by mother and grandmother

31.01.2014 Yauhen Vaskovich visited by mother and grandmother

Yauhen Vaskovich’s mother, Rushaniya, tells little about her recent visit to the Mahiliou-based prison No. 4, where her son is serving a seven-year term.

Viasna activists top media reference rating

31.01.2014 Viasna activists top media reference rating

Ales Bialiatski, the imprisoned leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, is one of the most cited civil society leaders, occupying the second place in the media reference rating with 259 mentions in 2013.

In fighting lawlessness citizens need support from media

31.01.2014 In fighting lawlessness citizens need support from media

In fighting lawlessness citizens are in desperate need of support from mass media, says Liudmila Kuchura in an interview to the HRC "Viasna". She, together with her companions in misfortune, has been pestering state institutions for about 10 years now. Victims of lawlessness from different parts of Belarus united in their search for justice, which is lost in the corridors of the law enforcement. But the forces in the confrontation between them and the system are far from being equal.

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