News for 30 Jun 2015

30.06.2015 Mikalai Autukhovich beats off security services' accusations of foreign currency speculations

The Hrodna regional court closed the case against the activist and former political prisoner in connection with trump-up accusations of foreign currency exchange.

Pavel Sapelka: “There are legal mechanisms to release Statkevich”

30.06.2015 Pavel Sapelka: “There are legal mechanisms to release Statkevich”

According to Pavel Sapelka, lawyer at the Human Rights Center "Viasna", political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich cannot be amnestied, however, saying that Statkevich has to write a petition so that Lukashenka could release him is wrong, because according to the existing legislation, Mikalai Statkevich can not only be released without any petitions but also returned to political life.

30.06.2015 Presidential elections to be held on October 11

On Tuesday the House of Representatives appointed the date for the presidential elections - October 11.

Salihorsk District Council refuses to lift peaceful assembly restrictions

30.06.2015 Salihorsk District Council refuses to lift peaceful assembly restrictions

The Presidium of the Salihorsk District Council of Deputies has not granted a request of Leanid Markhotka, local representative of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, to abolish illegal restrictions on street protests imposed by the district executive committee. The human rights activist is going to write to the Minsk Regional Council of Deputies.

Persecution of freelance journalists – $7,067 for state budget

30.06.2015 Persecution of freelance journalists – $7,067 for state budget

Since the beginning of 2015, there were 21 administrative cases against freelance journalists who faced charges under Part. 2, Art. 22.9 of the Administrative Code – “Illegal production and (or) distribution of media products.” In each case, there was a court decision to impose a fine of 3.6 to 9 mln rubles.

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