News on the topic: criminal persecution

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05.10.2018 Picks of the Week

Court sets date of appeal hearing in REP case; another prisoner reports torture and poor living conditions; Week against the Death Penalty opens in Belarus

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28.09.2018 Picks of the Week

Investigators continue to interrogate journalists involved in BelTA case; government employees sent to harvest crops in state-owned farms; Georgian woman goes on hunger strike outside prison in Mahilioŭ to protest ban on seeing her husband.

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07.09.2018 Picks of the Week

Statistics of administrative persecution in August; REP leaders appeal verdict; journalist in Braslaŭ convicted for eighth time since 2011

Case Belarus v. Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik. Trial observation report

05.09.2018 Case Belarus v. Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik. Trial observation report

“Conviction of leaders of independent trade union REP Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik on tax evasion charges is politically motivated and trial proceedings were marred by procedural irregularities”, concludes the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) in a report published on August 30. “The convictions should be overturned on appeal”.

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31.08.2018 Picks of the Week

Courts convict activists over support for REP leaders; new suspect named in BelTA case; blogger in Brest live streams own arrest; political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny faces new penalties in prison

Front Line Defenders urges Belarus to quash convictions against Fiadynich and Komlik

29.08.2018 Front Line Defenders urges Belarus to quash convictions against Fiadynich and Komlik

The authorities in Belarus should immediately quash the convictions against Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik, leaders of the trade union REP, and fully restore their liberty, Front Line Defenders said in an urgent appeal, as it believes that they are solely in relation to their peaceful and legitimate work in the defense of human rights.

Belarus: Trade Union leaders found guilty of tax evasion after a sham trial

27.08.2018 Belarus: Trade Union leaders found guilty of tax evasion after a sham trial

Press release by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

Statement by Belarusian human rights organizations on sentence in REP trial

24.08.2018 Statement by Belarusian human rights organizations on sentence in REP trial

On August 24, 2018, Henadz Fiadynich, chairperson of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry Workers (REP), and Ihar Komlik, the Union’s accountant, were found guilty of committing a crime under Part 2, Art. 243 of the Criminal Code (large-scale tax evasion).

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Sentence in trade union case expected on August 24; Prosecutor in Akciabrski caught red-handed with ready-made court ruling; court turns down first appeal against detention of critical journalists last week

Political bias in REP trial ill-disguised, say IndustriALL observers

15.08.2018 Political bias in REP trial ill-disguised, say IndustriALL observers

The politically motivated charges against Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik, leaders of the trade union REP, are “solely aimed at paralyzing the union activities,” say observers of the IndustriALL Global Trade Union after attending the trial that opened on July 30.

Belarus cracks down on journalists and publishers as oppressive new media laws bite, UN expert warns

13.08.2018 Belarus cracks down on journalists and publishers as oppressive new media laws bite, UN expert warns

GENEVA (10 August 2018) – A wave of raids and arbitrary arrests targeting independent publishers and journalists in Belarus highlights oppressive new rules against internet media in the country, says the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti.

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11.08.2018 Picks of the Week

The sweeping and clearly disproportionate crackdown on independent journalists that started on August 7 and briefly paralyzed the work of the country’s leading news portal, tut.by, and the only private news agency, BelaPAN, has been making both national and international headlines during the week.

Statement of the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

10.08.2018 Statement of the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

In connection with the wave of searches in the editorial offices of the media and the detention of journalists

BelaPAN chief editor detained, more journalists remain in custody

09.08.2018 BelaPAN chief editor detained, more journalists remain in custody

Iryna Leushyna, chief editor of the BelaPAN news agency, has been detained today, tut.by said. Her apartment has been searched and computer equipment seized.

Four journalists still in detention, as searches of media continue

08.08.2018 Four journalists still in detention, as searches of media continue

Maryna Zolatava, Hanna Kaltyhina and Halina Ulasik, editors of tut.by, the country’s leading online newspaper, as well as belapan.by journalist Tatsiana Karaviankova, remain in custody on charges of illegal access to the government-owned news agency BelTA. The whereabouts of one more tut.by editor, Hanna Yermachonak, is still unknown.

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