News for 18 Mar 2015

Crimea: One year on from annexation; critics harassed, attacked and silenced

18.03.2015 Crimea: One year on from annexation; critics harassed, attacked and silenced

The de facto authorities in Crimea have failed to investigate a series of abductions and torture of their critics, and resorted to an unrelenting campaign of intimidation to silence dissent, said Amnesty International in a briefing published today on the first anniversary of annexation.

18.03.2015 Independent journalist detained in Minsk

Radio Svaboda's journalist Halina Abakunchyk was detained near the shopping mall that Lukashenka visits today.

Man sentenced to death in Rechytsa

18.03.2015 Man sentenced to death in Rechytsa

On March 18, the Rechytsa District Court sentenced Siarhei Ivanou, 21, to death on charges of murdering and raping a 19-year-old girl on 29 August 2013.

Ongoing harassment of freelance journalists in Hrodna

18.03.2015 Ongoing harassment of freelance journalists in Hrodna

Ales Dzianisau and Ales Kirkevich, members of the Belarusian Association of Journalists in Hrodna, were summoned to the police station to provide explanations regarding a story aired on the Belsat TV channel. The story told about the opening of an exhibition at the Museum of History of Religion.

Baranavichy businessman questioned to prevent meeting with President

18.03.2015 Baranavichy businessman questioned to prevent meeting with President

On March 17, Mikalai Charnavus, the leader of Baranavichy entrepreneurs, was expected to go to Minsk to join a meeting of President Aliaksandr Lukashenka with entrepreneurs. But instead of meeting with the head of state, the civil society activist was forced to appear at the local police department, where police Captain Siarhei Paulenau interviewed him urging the activist to respect the law.

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