News for 22 Apr 2015

Valiantsin Stefanovich: No political will to implement conditions for Belarus membership in Council of Europe

22.04.2015 Valiantsin Stefanovich: No political will to implement conditions for Belarus membership in Council of Europe

There is no political will to implement conditions for Belarus’ membership in the Council of Europe, said Valiantsin Stefanovich, deputy head of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" on April 21 in Strasbourg during a meeting of the PACE’s Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. The hearings were held in preparation of the report of the Special Rapporteur on Belarus Andrea Rigoni.

Freelance journalist Ales Dzianisau and Ales Kirkevich fined 20 basic units

22.04.2015 Freelance journalist Ales Dzianisau and Ales Kirkevich fined 20 basic units

The Court of Hrodna’s Leninski district completed today administrative proceedings against freelance journalist Ales Dzianisau and Ales Kirkevich. The last hearing was short. Judge Alena Piatrova only screened the story aired on the Belsat TV channel in early March. It told about the opening of an exhibition at the Belarusian State Museum of the History of Religion.

PACE President voices conditions for resuming contacts with official Minsk

22.04.2015 PACE President voices conditions for resuming contacts with official Minsk

Belarus should declare a moratorium on the death penalty, release political prisoners and hold free elections.

Viciebsk officials ban Chernobyl memorial demonstration

22.04.2015 Viciebsk officials ban Chernobyl memorial demonstration

An application for the memorial rally was submitted by local members of the Conservative Christian Party Belarusian Popular Front. The demonstration was expected to pass through three districts of the city, therefore it was the city authorities who were supposed to consider the application. As a result, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee Dzmitry Sherykau banned the march.

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