News for 28 Apr 2015

Brest officials ban May Day demonstration

28.04.2015 Brest officials ban May Day demonstration

Local Social Democrats planned to hold a mass action in defense of social and economic rights under the slogan “The State does not fulfill obligations to its own people”.

Belarusian authorities again deny visa to foreign human rights activist

28.04.2015 Belarusian authorities again deny visa to foreign human rights activist

According to Lars Bünger, president of the international human rights organization Libereco - Partnership for Human Rights, the Belarusian Embassy in Berlin denied him a visa last week.

Mikalai Statkevich to stand trial in prison on May 4

28.04.2015 Mikalai Statkevich to stand trial in prison on May 4

The trial of political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich, who is currently held in a penal colony in Škloŭ, will start on May 4, according to a post on his wife’s account on Facebook. The former presidential candidate may be transferred to prison with maximum security.

Slonim authorities ban chess tournament

28.04.2015 Slonim authorities ban chess tournament

A known chess player and civil society activist Uladzimir Litvin has not been allowed by the Slonim district executive committee to organize on April 26 a chess tournament for teenagers, despite a valid agreement with local sports event organizers and the district executive committee.

Freelance journalist Tamara Schapiotkina fined 7.2 mln

28.04.2015 Freelance journalist Tamara Schapiotkina fined 7.2 mln

Judge Sviataslau Kalina of Brest’s Lieninski District Court ruled to sentence freelance journalist Tamara Schapiotkina to a fine of 40 basic units (7.2 mln rubles) for alleged violation of Art. 22.9, para. 2 of the Administrative Code (illegal manufacturing of media products).

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