News for 23 Dec 2014

Expert opinion on the case of Homel activist Yury Rubtsou

23.12.2014 Expert opinion on the case of Homel activist Yury Rubtsou

On December 21, it was reported that opposition activist Yury Rubtsou had been sent to open-type correctional facility No. 7 in the village of Kuplin, Pruzhany district, Brest region.

Belarus has new political prisoner – Yury Rubtsou

23.12.2014 Belarus has new political prisoner – Yury Rubtsou

Joint statement by the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.

Death convict’s mother asks President to change law that prohibits returning bodies to families

23.12.2014 Death convict’s mother asks President to change law that prohibits returning bodies to families

Volha Hrunova, the mother of Aliaksandr Hrunou, who was executed for the brutal murder of a student in Homel, petitions the President, both Houses of Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Government asking the officials to propose the Constitutional Court to amend the Criminal Executive Code, which prohibits returning the body of the executed person and disclosing the places of their burial.

Disabled activist fined for holding a picket in defense of rights of people with disabilities in Svetlahorsk

23.12.2014 Disabled activist fined for holding a picket in defense of rights of people with disabilities in Svetlahorsk

On December 22, the Court of Svetlahorsk district considered the administrative charges brought against Yury Liashenka, a wheelchair user of Homel, who tried to stage a picket in front of the executive committee on November 25, but was prevented by an ambulance car, which took him to hospital.

23.12.2014 UN Human Rights Committee considers case of Aliaksandr Kazulin

The United Nations Human Rights Committee at its October session examined the case of ex-presidential candidate Aliaksandr Kazulin and found violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, says human rights activist Raman Kisliak, Radio Racyja reports.

Prosecutor’s office rejects complaint against degrading conditions of detention in Salihorsk

23.12.2014 Prosecutor’s office rejects complaint against degrading conditions of detention in Salihorsk

At the request of Uladzimir Lemesh, an activist of the European Belarus opposition movement, the Salihorsk District Prosecutor’s Office has checked the conditions of detention in the city’s police department. As a result of the probe, prosecuting authorities identified certain violations of regulations for special institutions of the Interior, says a response by the supervisory authority.

23.12.2014 BAJ: Statement on the Massive Blocking of Websites

Since December 19, several informational Internet resources in Belarus have been subject to blocking. Most of them remain inaccessible from the territory of the country until now. In particular, users’ access to belapan.com and belapan.by, naviny.by, belaruspartisan.org, charter97.org, udf.by, 21.by, gazetaby.com, zautra.by have been restricted without explanations.

23.12.2014 Belapan and naviny.by resume work despite blockage

BelaPAN news agency has not received any official warning regarding the blockage and says there are no legal grounds to block the websites.

23.12.2014 Brest resident fined for poster “Russian army, go home”

Aliaksandr Akhmach was fined 1.5 million Belarusian rubles.

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