News for 3 Apr 2015

Valiantsin Stefanovich: Stable communication with relatives helps rehabilitate offenders

03.04.2015 Valiantsin Stefanovich: Stable communication with relatives helps rehabilitate offenders

According to the amendments to the law “About the order and conditions of detention”, adopted in the first reading by the House of Representatives, the length of short-term meetings of prisoners with their relatives will be reduced from three to two hours. According to the Minister of Internal Affairs Ihar Shunevich, it is made "solely for educational purposes, to influence the behavior of those who are in custody".

Mahiliou human rights activist asks the Constitutional Court to eliminate legal collisions

03.04.2015 Mahiliou human rights activist asks the Constitutional Court to eliminate legal collisions

The corresponding statement was filed by Barys Buhkel sent to the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus Piatro Miklashevich.

Andrei Stryzhak: prohibition of peaceful assemblies in Belarus is systematic

03.04.2015 Andrei Stryzhak: prohibition of peaceful assemblies in Belarus is systematic

Coordinator of the Youth Network of the Independent Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry (ITUREI) Andrei Stryzhak registered a complaint with the UN concerning the ban of a peaceful assembly by Rechytsa officials. The matter is that on September 8, 2013 he intended to hold a street procession in order to protest against the decision of the Government to abolish the payment of sick leave for parents with children. Now the Government of Belarus will have to find an answer to the question why an actual taboo has been imposed on peaceful assemblies in the country.

Baranavichy: Prosecutor General's Office supports local and ministerial officials

03.04.2015 Baranavichy: Prosecutor General's Office supports local and ministerial officials

Parents of pupils of the former Belarusian-language form in Baranavichy, Tatsiana and Aleh Malashchanka and Antanina and Vasil Filipchyk received a letter from the Prosecutor General, signed by Head of the Department for Supervision of the rights and freedoms of citizens M. Papova.

Police looking for “Viasna” in Ihar Barysau's computer

03.04.2015 Police looking for “Viasna” in Ihar Barysau's computer

Police returned one of the seized computers to Chief Editor of "NASH Mahiliou" newspaper Ihar Barysau. As stated by the police major Uladzimir Kazakou, the others are still under examination and can be returned within the next two weeks.

Case of freelance journalist Tamara Shchapiotkina returned for a new trial

03.04.2015 Case of freelance journalist Tamara Shchapiotkina returned for a new trial

T. Schapiotkina and her lawyer Pavel Alesik managed to prove in the regional court that Judge Aliaksandr Semianchuk had violated the law by conducting the trial in her absence though she and her lawyer were at the court at that time. The cassation court agreed that by his actions the judge deprived the journalist of the right to a fair trial.

Homel journalist fined Br5.4 million

03.04.2015 Homel journalist fined Br5.4 million

Court of Chyhunachny district of Homel fined freelance journalist Kanstantsin Zhukouski 30 basic units (Br5.4 million).

Human Rights Center "Viasna" demands that the Parliament repeal Article 411 of the Criminal Code

03.04.2015 Human Rights Center "Viasna" demands that the Parliament repeal Article 411 of the Criminal Code

Human rights defenders continue to insist that no one should be punished twice for the same action.

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