News for 9 Mar 2015

Elena Tonkacheva’s deportation shows “pervasive harassment of rights defenders in Belarus”

09.03.2015 Elena Tonkacheva’s deportation shows “pervasive harassment of rights defenders in Belarus”

GENEVA (6 March 2015) – The Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, today said that the recent deportation from Belarus of Elena Tonkacheva “demonstrates the immense challenges that continue to exist for human rights defenders to fulfil their work in Belarus.”

Police “congratulate” journalist Larysa Shchyrakova on March 8

09.03.2015 Police “congratulate” journalist Larysa Shchyrakova on March 8

Homel journalist Larysa Shchyrakova received unusual “congratulations” on March 8 – that day the police drew up an administrative report under Article 22.9 of the Code of Administrative Offenses on her. The report was compiled by the head of the division of law enforcement of the Tsentralny District Police Department of Homel, Yury Panin.

Journalist Tamara Shchapiotkina not allowed to attend her trial

09.03.2015 Journalist Tamara Shchapiotkina not allowed to attend her trial

On March 6, freelance journalist T. Shchapiotkina was summoned to the Leninski District Court of Brest by an SMS-message. The journalist saw the message only in the evening, but decided to come to the trial together with her counsel.

Biaroza: protesting against Russian military bases in Belarus are "inciting of hatred and extremism"

09.03.2015 Biaroza: protesting against Russian military bases in Belarus are "inciting of hatred and extremism"

Biaroza District Executive Committee prohibited Biaroza human rights defenders and social activists to hold a picket on March 9.

Baranavichy: entrepreneurs file an application for a picket

09.03.2015 Baranavichy: entrepreneurs file an application for a picket

The leader of Baranavichy entrepreneurs Mikalai Charnavus has applied to the Baranavichy city executive committee for holding a picket on March 21 against intimidation by officials of individual entrepreneurs bymeans fines and confiscation of goods.

09.03.2015 Anti-sponger tax: Lukashenka to consider draft decree

The document is at the stage of the completion.

Hary Pahaniaila: hazing in the military is the main cause of deaths in Belarusian army

09.03.2015 Hary Pahaniaila: hazing in the military is the main cause of deaths in Belarusian army

Inspection on the suicide in Hrodna border service must be conducted. On March 6 it became known about the death of a soldier of an emergency service from the Hrodna border service – a military shot himself with a service pistol when he was on duty.

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