News for June 2015

Mother of inmate who died in jail faces obstacles in access to information

25.06.2015 Mother of inmate who died in jail faces obstacles in access to information

Zhanna Ptsichkina, the mother of Ihar Ptsichkin, who died in jail in 2013, has received another answer from the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Freelance journalists in Hlybokaje accused of violating mass media law

25.06.2015 Freelance journalists in Hlybokaje accused of violating mass media law

Police have opened a new case for the cooperation with foreign media without accreditation. On June 25, police in Hlybokaje summoned independent journalists Tatsiana Smotkina and Dzmitry Lupach to question them about publications on the websites of Euroradio Radio Racyja.

Journalist in Mahilioŭ keeps fighting for right to attend sessions of Regional Council

25.06.2015 Journalist in Mahilioŭ keeps fighting for right to attend sessions of Regional Council

Legal acts do not provide for special application forms for journalists to attend the sessions of the Mahilioŭ Regional Council, says a reply from its Chairman Anatol Isachenka to local journalist Uladzimir Laptsevich, a correspondent for the news agency BelaPAN. At the same time, the journalist’s request was rejected.

Prisoner’s Godparenthood: Manuel Sarrazin adopts Mikalai Dziadok

24.06.2015 Prisoner’s Godparenthood: Manuel Sarrazin adopts Mikalai Dziadok

Manuel Sarrazin, Member of the German Bundestag and European policy spokesman for the Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group, has taken on a prisoner’s godparenthood for Mikalai Dziadok.

Lawtrend informs Special Rapporteurs on blocking KYKY.ORG

24.06.2015 Lawtrend informs Special Rapporteurs on blocking KYKY.ORG

The Legal Transformation Center Lawtrend has sent a message to Dunja Mijatović, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media; Miklós Haraszti, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, and David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, to inform them about blocking access to a website KYKY.ORG and urged to take all possible measures within their mandates.

Miklós Haraszti: “Human rights situation inside Belarus showed no signs of improvement” (video)

24.06.2015 Miklós Haraszti: “Human rights situation inside Belarus showed no signs of improvement” (video)

The Human Rights Council held yesterday an interactive dialogue with Miklós Haraszti, Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus.

Leanid Kulakou sentenced to 10 days in jail for solidarity with Yury Rubtsou

23.06.2015 Leanid Kulakou sentenced to 10 days in jail for solidarity with Yury Rubtsou

The administrative charges against Leanid Kulakou, an activist of the European Belarus opposition movement, were considered today in the Minsk District Court.

Kuchura case: Mahilioŭ authorities go blind to complaints

23.06.2015 Kuchura case: Mahilioŭ authorities go blind to complaints

In a continuous attempt to hide the fact of torture in the Mahilioŭ-based penal colony No. 15, reported by the wife of prisoner Piotr Kuchura, officials of the Investigative Committee and the Prosecutor’s Office brazenly distort the facts in their formal replies to her complaints, arguing that there was no criminal incident in the colony at all.

Minsk court convicts activists over banner “Freedom for Yury Rubtsou!”

22.06.2015 Minsk court convicts activists over banner “Freedom for Yury Rubtsou!”

The Minsk District Court heard today the administrative charges brought against activists of the European Belarus opposition movement Maksim Viniarski, Leanid Kulakou and Siarhei Matskoits.

FIDH: The Human Rights Council should continue to assume its responsibilities regarding the situation in Belarus

22.06.2015 FIDH: The Human Rights Council should continue to assume its responsibilities regarding the situation in Belarus

The human rights situation in Belarus continues to be characterized by serious, widespread and systematic violations.

22.06.2015 Mikalai Statkevich fears provocations in prison

Mikalai Statkevich, who is held in Mahilou prison No.4, fears possible provocations.

Krishnaites detained in Viciebsk

19.06.2015 Krishnaites detained in Viciebsk

Several followers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness ended up in the police department for spreading religious literature in Viciebsk. Siarhei Fadzeyenkau, chief specialist of the Department for Religious and Ethnic Affairs of the Viciebsk Regional Executive Committee, was directly involved in the detention of believers.

19.06.2015 FC Dinamo fans detained by riot police after match of Belarusian Championship

Alim Selimov, the club's general director, sought the release of the detained fans, but his efforts were in vain.

Pastor in Homieĺ fined 3.6 mln

19.06.2015 Pastor in Homieĺ fined 3.6 mln

The Court of Homieĺ’s Centralny district heard today the charges brought against Siarhei Nikalayenka, pastor of a local Protestant Church “Transfiguration”. As a result, he was fined 20 basic units for arranging a service of the registered religious organization beyond the place of its registration.

Tajik opposition activist facing extradition from Belarus, torture and imprisonment at home

19.06.2015 Tajik opposition activist facing extradition from Belarus, torture and imprisonment at home

As reported in her blog by Nadejda Atayeva, president of the Association “Human Rights in Central Asia”, activist of the Group 24 Tajik opposition movement Shabnam Hudoydodova is facing extradition from Belarus after Tajikistan put her on the Interpol wanted list.

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