News for 16 Apr 2015

Ales Bialiatski: No reasons to lift sanctions against Belarus, while there are political prisoners (video)

16.04.2015 Ales Bialiatski: No reasons to lift sanctions against Belarus, while there are political prisoners (video)

Ales Bialiatski, head of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" and FIDH Vice President, participated today, along with the UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus Miklos Haraszti, in a meeting of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights. The human rights defender urged the EU to continue putting pressure on the Belarusian authorities.

Baku Sentences Rights Activist

16.04.2015 Baku Sentences Rights Activist

BAKU -- A prominent human rights activist in Azerbaijan has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. The Baku Court for Grave Crimes found Rasul Cafarov guilty of tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship, and abuse of office on April 16.

Human rights activist insists that head of presidential administration assessed actions of Viciebsk police

16.04.2015 Human rights activist insists that head of presidential administration assessed actions of Viciebsk police

Human rights defender Pavel Levinau has sent another letter to head of President Lukashenka’s administration Aliaksandr Kosinets to complain about the notorious photo session with cages and birds, whose participants were accused of unauthorized picketing.

ENEMO Calls Azerbaijan for Immediate Release of Anar Mammadli

16.04.2015 ENEMO Calls Azerbaijan for Immediate Release of Anar Mammadli

The European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) once again calls Azerbaijan Government for immediate release of Anar Mammadli of Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDS). EMDS chairman Anar Mammadli was imprisoned by the Court of Serious Crimes for 5.5 years respectively following the Azerbaijan presidential elections of October, 2013 when critical reports were published on the electoral process by Anar Mammadli and his colleagues.

Human rights activists: Belarus' participation in the UPR gives hope for changes

16.04.2015 Human rights activists: Belarus' participation in the UPR gives hope for changes

Universal Periodic Review is one of the few UN mechanisms recognized by the Belarusian authorities. The UPR provides for cooperation between the authorities and civil society. The process of this interaction is still far from perfect, but human rights activists seek to use the platform of the UPR to promote the necessary changes.

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