News on the topic: language rights

Supreme Court: no evidence of neglect of Belarusian language in courts

02.03.2015 Supreme Court: no evidence of neglect of Belarusian language in courts

The Supreme Court has found no evidence of neglect of the Belarusian language by judges of Minsk’s district courts, says a response received by volunteer of the HRC "Viasna" Uladzimir Andryenka, who earlier sent a statement about a violation of his right to use his native language in court.

Mazyr rights activist calls on local authorities to take measures to ensure language rights

17.02.2015 Mazyr rights activist calls on local authorities to take measures to ensure language rights

Human rights activist Uladzimir Tseliapun has sent a letter to the Chairman of the Mazyr district executive committee chairman Yauhen Adamenka and the Chairman of the District Council of Deputies Siarhei Hvozd. The activist encourages the officials to take all measures possible to ensure the real rights of citizens in speaking their native language.

Office of Prosecutor General forwards complaint about impossibility to learn in Belarusian to Ministry of Education

13.02.2015 Office of Prosecutor General forwards complaint about impossibility to learn in Belarusian to Ministry of Education

The parents of the pupils of the former Belarusian-language form in Baranavichy Tatsiana and Aleh Malashchanka and Antanina and Vasil Filipchyk received a letter from the Office of the Prosecutor General of Belarus, signed by a senior prosecutor Department for Supervision of the rights and freedoms of citizens V. Kukso.

Constitutional Court supports human rights defenders on Belarusian-language legislation

20.01.2015 Constitutional Court supports human rights defenders on Belarusian-language legislation

On January 20, Piotr Miklashevich, Chairman of the Constitutional Court, said when presenting his annual address for the President of Belarus and the two Houses of Parliament “On constitutional legality in the Republic of Belarus in 2014” that the Court considers it appropriate to issue laws in the Belarusian and Russian languages, the government-owned news agency BelTA said today.

Parents of Belarusian-language pupils in Baranavichy petition Prosecutor General over discrimination

19.01.2015 Parents of Belarusian-language pupils in Baranavichy petition Prosecutor General over discrimination

Parents of pupils of the former Belarusian-language class in Baranavichy have sent an appeal to the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus. The appeal notes that the Baranavichy city executive committee, the administration of school No. 4, the Brest Regional Executive Committee and the Ministry of Education of Belarus denied them the right to education of their children in the state Belarusian language provided by the legislation and international standards.

Aleh Trusau: Eurasian Union kills Belarusian language

14.01.2015 Aleh Trusau: Eurasian Union kills Belarusian language

A special group on issues on legal equality of the Belarusian and Russian languages has been formed.

Ihar Lohvinau about the decision of the Economic Court: in fact, it means bankruptcy

10.01.2015 Ihar Lohvinau about the decision of the Economic Court: in fact, it means bankruptcy

January 9, the Economic Court of Minsk issued a verdict on the administrative case against the private publishing Unitary Enterprise "Lohvinau". For selling printed production without permission from the Ministry of Information the enterprise was sentenced a fine of 30 basic units, its income for the last year.

Ihar Lohvinau: “We still remain a country in which book publishers are put into the debt trap”

05.01.2015 Ihar Lohvinau: “We still remain a country in which book publishers are put into the debt trap”

January 5 at 3 p.m., the trial of the bookstore "Lohvinau" begins at the Economic Court of Minsk.

Activist in Mahiliou requests responsibility for breaking law on citizens’ petitions

26.11.2014 Activist in Mahiliou requests responsibility for breaking law on citizens’ petitions

Valadar Tsurpanau, an activist in Mahiliou, has written to the Constitutional Court asking to consider the return of responsibility for violating the law on petitions of citizens and legal entities. According to him, only liability under Art. 9.13 of the Administrative Code will be able to stop the practice, when Belarusian-language petitions are replied in Russian by officials.

Baranavichy: parents of Belarusian-speaking girls ask Education Minister to ensure their right to learn in Belarusian

13.11.2014 Baranavichy: parents of Belarusian-speaking girls ask Education Minister to ensure their right to learn in Belarusian

Parents of the pupils of the only form with the Belarusian language of instruction in Baranavichy Tatsiana and Aleh Malashchankas, as well as Antanina and Vasil Filipchyks, have filed an appeal to the Minister of Education Siarhei Miskevich pointing that their children have a problem with continuing education in the native language.

Mozyr: Uladzimir Tseliapun asks the prosecutor's office to assess the legality of a court verdict

10.10.2014 Mozyr: Uladzimir Tseliapun asks the prosecutor's office to assess the legality of a court verdict

October 9, Mozyr activist Uladzimir Tseliapun appealed to the Mozyr Inter-District Prosecutor's Office asking to assess the legality and validity of the judgment on his complaint. The reason for the appeal was the doubt that the judgment issued by the Mozyr District Court was competent, fair and impartial.

Homel: the trial concerning the expulsion of Andrei Tsianiuta from university is delayed for inviting an interpreter

12.09.2014 Homel: the trial concerning the expulsion of Andrei Tsianiuta from university is delayed for inviting an interpreter

On September 12, the Tsentralny District Court of Homel started hearing a civil case of the co-chair of the "Young Front" Andrei Tsianiuta.

Baranavichy: the only Belarusian-language form ceased to exist

02.09.2014 Baranavichy: the only Belarusian-language form ceased to exist

The only Belarusian-class in Baranavichy where just three girls, Yasia Malashchanka, Alisa Filipchyk and Veranika Mikhal'chuk learned, ceased to exist. As the girls finished the primary school and some of the families moved, their parents tried to receive an opportunity for their children to continue receiving instruction in the Belarusian language in the 5th grade of gymnasium No. 4, but to no avail.

Homel human rights activist didn't manage to make post office use Belarusian language

12.08.2014 Homel human rights activist didn't manage to make post office use Belarusian language

Homel human rights activist, member of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Viktar Adzinochanka received a response to his appeal to the Prosecutor General on the implementation of the right to use his native Belarusian language in post documentation.

Constitutional Court to study gaps in language legislation

23.07.2014 Constitutional Court to study gaps in language legislation

The Constitutional Court will address the flaws of the country’s language legislation, says human rights defender Aliaksei Valabuyeu, citing a reply to his petition.

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