News for 26 Jun 2015

Homieĺ priests threatened with criminal charges under Article 193.1

26.06.2015 Homieĺ priests threatened with criminal charges under Article 193.1

The house of Siarhei Nikalayenka, pastor of the Homieĺ-based religious community “Church of God Transfiguration”, as well as the apartment of his deputy Aliaksandr Chuyeu, has been searched by police officers. The raid reportedly dealt with the preliminary investigation of the criminal case under Article 193.1 of the Criminal Code (activities on behalf of unregistered organization).

“Viasna” activists join campaign against torture

26.06.2015 “Viasna” activists join campaign against torture

Activists of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” have joined a campaign against torture, initiated by the Russian NGO “Committee against Torture”.

Prison officials limit Mikalai Dziadok’s meetings with lawyer

26.06.2015 Prison officials limit Mikalai Dziadok’s meetings with lawyer

On June 25, Mikalai Dziadok’s meeting with his lawyer lasted only 15 minutes. The rest of the time allocated for the counsel’s visit to prison was taken by the preparation of papers, accommodating the lawyer in the visiting room and waiting for the political prisoner. This is not the first time that the duration of Mikalai Dziadok’s communication with the counsel is severely limited.

Pavel Sapelka: Torture is often a hidden problem in Belarus

26.06.2015 Pavel Sapelka: Torture is often a hidden problem in Belarus

In 1997, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. On this day, international and national human rights organizations remind once again that “no exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.”

26.06.2015 US Department of State about Belarus: Political arrests, abuses, corruption

The US Department of State has launched an annual report on human rights conditions in different countries.

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