News for 4 Nov 2014

UN is requested to take urgent measures in connection with the possible expulsion of Yelena Tonkacheva

04.11.2014 UN is requested to take urgent measures in connection with the possible expulsion of Yelena Tonkacheva

Belarusian human rights organizations appealed to the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, as well as to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus with a request to urgently intervene.

Publication of a new book by Ales Bialiatski, “Cold Wing of Motherland”

04.11.2014 Publication of a new book by Ales Bialiatski, “Cold Wing of Motherland”

The new book by the head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski, “Cold Wing of Motherland” is a compendium of essays, interviews and sketches, written by the author in the recent years, including the time of his imprisonment in the Babruisk penal colony.

Supreme Court dismissed appeal of Vaukavysk activist Vital Huliak

04.11.2014 Supreme Court dismissed appeal of Vaukavysk activist Vital Huliak

Vaukavysk social activist Vital Huliak received a response from the Supreme Court to his appeal, signed by the deputy chair of the Supreme Court Valery Kalinkovich.

Wife of Iranian Mehrdad Jamshidian tries to prevent his deportation from Belarus

04.11.2014 Wife of Iranian Mehrdad Jamshidian tries to prevent his deportation from Belarus

The individual communication of the wife of the Iranian citizen Mehrdad Jamshidian Helena,sent from Belarus on October 23, was registered at the United Nations Human Rights Committee, and includes measures of urgency.

Report on the monitoring of “Dziady-2014”

04.11.2014 Report on the monitoring of “Dziady-2014”

The traditional commemorative action in the memory of ancestors, "Dzyady-2014", including a march and a rally, took place on November 2, 2014. The event was organized by the Conservative Christian Party BPF.

Threat to expel human rights activist Elena Tonkacheva from Belaruis is legal lynching reminiscent of Soviet times

04.11.2014 Threat to expel human rights activist Elena Tonkacheva from Belaruis is legal lynching reminiscent of Soviet times

We, representatives of Belarusian and international human rights organizations, consider the actions of the Belarusian authorities aimed at annulment of the residence permit and subsequent expulsion of one of the country's leading human rights activists as politically motivated and aimed at the involuntary termination of Elena Tonkacheva's legitimate human rights activities or creation of significant obstacles in the conduct of such activities.

Belarus executed third death verdict for the year

04.11.2014 Belarus executed third death verdict for the year

As learned by the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” yesterday, a resident of Homel sentenced to death, Aliaksandr Hrunou, had been denied clemency.

Östgruppen: ten years for advance of democracy and human rights (video)

04.11.2014 Östgruppen: ten years for advance of democracy and human rights (video)

Swedish human rights organization Östgruppen celebrates 10 years of its activity, one of the priorities of which is Belarus.

Brest authorities try to punish independent journalist for work with foreign media

04.11.2014 Brest authorities try to punish independent journalist for work with foreign media

October 29, journalist Alina Litvinchuk was summonsed to the police station as a witness of an administrative offense. However, at the police station she was informed that she was the “offender”.

Trucker gets fired for trying to find his real wage

04.11.2014 Trucker gets fired for trying to find his real wage

The administration of the private transport company “Trans-Line-Brest” fired 48-year-old trucker Eduard Dziahileu, who worked in the company for 2 years, carrying cargos from Europe to Russia, as a result of his attempts to find out the real accrual of salary.

“We'll try to do everything possible to achieve the review of the annulment of the residence permit”

04.11.2014 “We'll try to do everything possible to achieve the review of the annulment of the residence permit”

Deputy Chairman of the Human Rights Centre "Viasna" Valiantsin Stefanovich expressed his attitude to the decision on cancellation of the residence permit and the consideration of expulsion from the Republic of Belarus of the human rights activist Yelena Tonkacheva, leader of the Centre for Legal Transformation Lawtrend.

Svislach authorities harass social activist Yury Hlebik again

04.11.2014 Svislach authorities harass social activist Yury Hlebik again

November 1, Svislach activist Yury Hlebik was visited by police. They told him that a report had been drawn on him for allegedly committing an administrative offense. The report concerns the events of October 26, when the traditional annual Remembrance Day of rebels of 1863 was held.

Front Line Defenders: Authorities cancel residence permit for human rights defender Ms Elena Tonkacheva as she faces expulsion

04.11.2014 Front Line Defenders: Authorities cancel residence permit for human rights defender Ms Elena Tonkacheva as she faces expulsion

Front Line Defenders believes that the nullification of Elena Tonkacheva's residence permit is disproportionate in relation to the recent traffic violation and that it is directly related to her human rights work.

Let's demonstrate solidarity with Elena Talkachova: petition state bodies with the request to refrain from expelling the human rights activist from the country

04.11.2014 Let's demonstrate solidarity with Elena Talkachova: petition state bodies with the request to refrain from expelling the human rights activist from the country

The Human Rights Centre “Viasna” joins the call of our colleagues from the Center for Legal Transformation Lawtrend to direct petitions to the state agencies with the request not to expel human rights activist Elena Tonkacheva from Belarus.

Monitoring of “Dziady-2014” in Minsk

04.11.2014 Monitoring of “Dziady-2014” in Minsk

An action dedicated to Forefathers' Day and organized by the Conservative-Christian Party Belarusian Popular Front was held in Minsk on November 2 and monitored by members of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.

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