News for 4 Jun 2015

Investigation into the death of Ihar Ptischkin in jail sent for new trial

04.06.2015 Investigation into the death of Ihar Ptischkin in jail sent for new trial

Zhana Ptsichkina has received an answer from the Office of Prosecutor General concerning the closure of the criminal case on the fact of death of her son Ihar Ptsichkin in remand prison No. 1 in Minsk.

Freelance journalist gets fined 60 basic units

04.06.2015 Freelance journalist gets fined 60 basic units

Freelance journalist Alina Litvinchuk has been sentenced to a fine of 60 basic units by the Leninski District Court of Brest.

Homieĺ: human rights activist asks to recognize him a victim in criminal case

04.06.2015 Homieĺ: human rights activist asks to recognize him a victim in criminal case

June 13, there expires the two-month term since the instigation of the criminal case concerning the fact of sending pornographic materials to the Belarusian state agencies from the hacked e-mail account of the human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka, sudalenko.mail.ru.

IFJ Calls for Belarus Media Reform as New Law Takes Effect

04.06.2015 IFJ Calls for Belarus Media Reform as New Law Takes Effect

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called upon the Belarus government to bring in radical reforms to media and to abandon the strategy set out in a divisive new law that came into force on 8 February.

Repeated trial on case of publisher of “Voĺny Horad” starts at Kryčaŭ District Court

04.06.2015 Repeated trial on case of publisher of “Voĺny Horad” starts at Kryčaŭ District Court

June 3, the repeated trial on the administrative case against Uladzimir Kudrautsau, charged with defaming policeman Aliakdsandr Dziameshka, started at the Kryčaŭ District Court.

Statement of Freedom House concerning assault on HR organizations in Grozny, Chechnya

04.06.2015 Statement of Freedom House concerning assault on HR organizations in Grozny, Chechnya

“The second attack in six months on Grozny office of the Committee Against Torture and destruction of property shows the Russian government to be either complicit in violence against human rights groups, or unable to ensure their protection,” said Susan Corke, director of Eurasia programs.

Baranavičy: Yadviha Rubtsova visits her husband in prison

04.06.2015 Baranavičy: Yadviha Rubtsova visits her husband in prison

June 3 Yadviha Rubtsova, wife of political prisoner Yury Rubtsou, visited her husband, who is currently held in jail No.6 in Baranavičy. This is the first meeting of Mrs. Jadviha and her husband after the trial, which declared Yury Rubtsou guilty of evasion of serving punishment of restraint of liberty (Art. 415 of the Criminal Code), and punished him with two years of medium security colony, taking into account the unserved term of punishment.

Viciebsk: Department of Justice rejects candidacy of human rights defender for Monitoring Commission

04.06.2015 Viciebsk: Department of Justice rejects candidacy of human rights defender for Monitoring Commission

Human rights activist Pavel Levinau has been nominated to the Viciebsk Regional Public Monitoring Commission by Belarusian Helsinki Committee. The corresponding letter with the request to approve the candidacy of the representative of the BHC was sent to the justice department of the regional executive committee. However, the request was not satisfied.

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