News for 9 Apr 2015

Brest Social Democrats apply for May Day demonstration

09.04.2015 Brest Social Democrats apply for May Day demonstration

Chairman of the Brest regional organization of Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) Ihar Maslouski said that over the past fourteen years the city executive committee authorized such a mass event only once, in 2013.

Yury Rubtsou is keeping hunger strike in solitary confinement

09.04.2015 Yury Rubtsou is keeping hunger strike in solitary confinement

As it became known to the Human Rights Centre "Viasna", the criminal case against Yury Rubtsou under Article 415 of the Criminal Code, "avoidance of serving punishment in the form of restriction of liberty", was instituted back on March 18.

Belarusian Helsinki Committee asks Parliament to revoke Decree on social dependency

09.04.2015 Belarusian Helsinki Committee asks Parliament to revoke Decree on social dependency

Members of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee drew 7 arguments why the Decree should be regarded as violating the Constitution and the international treaties of the country and needs to be abolished.

Political prisoners still behind bars while official Minsk is preparing for Summit in Riga

09.04.2015 Political prisoners still behind bars while official Minsk is preparing for Summit in Riga

A thaw in the relations between the official Minsk and Brussels is not backed by any shift towards democratization in Belarus, states Chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski.

New evidence of summary killings of Ukrainian soldiers must spark urgent investigations

09.04.2015 New evidence of summary killings of Ukrainian soldiers must spark urgent investigations

Shocking new evidence of “execution-style killings” by pro-Russian armed groups in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, illustrates the urgent need for action to tackle the escalating human rights and humanitarian crisis in the area, said Amnesty International.

Details of police raids in Homel

09.04.2015 Details of police raids in Homel

April 8, Homel policemen raided the socio-political center in Paleskaya Street, 52. The search lasted about two hours.

Brest dweller accused of libeling Lukashenka sent to Nainki mental hospital

09.04.2015 Brest dweller accused of libeling Lukashenka sent to Nainki mental hospital

According to human rights activists, Mikhail Lukashevich is passing a psychiatric examination.

Mikalai Dziadok's appeal to be considered on April 30

09.04.2015 Mikalai Dziadok's appeal to be considered on April 30

The appeal of political prisoner Mikalai Dziadok will be heard by the Mahilou regional court at 10:00 on April 30.

Human rights activists: the authorities want to get Rubtsou isolated for the time of the presidential campaign

09.04.2015 Human rights activists: the authorities want to get Rubtsou isolated for the time of the presidential campaign

Human rights activists register the general deterioration of the situation of political prisoners in Belarus and an increased pressurization aimed at forcing them to concessions. This was stated in an commentary given by human rights activist Tatsiana Reviaka on the arrest of political prisoner Yury Rubtsou and the new criminal case against him.

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