News on the topic: trade unions

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21.06.2019 Picks of the week

More calls from international community to stop executions in Belarus; Belarus ranked low in labor rights rating; Lukashenka rethinks entry ban for Pussy Riot members.

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11.05.2019 Picks of the Week

Ingush blogger Ismail Nalgiev expelled from Belarus; ex-political prisoner Dzmitry Paliyenka sent back to pre-trial prison after mental examination; REP leader to enjoy "milder" sentence conditions

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12.04.2019 Picks of the week

Human rights defenders not allowed to observe the trial of critical blogger in Brest; Unification Church member threatened with deportation on dubious grounds; independent trade union under pressure in Salihorsk; man in Hrodna facing prison for sharing Rammstein video

Belarusian trade union case raised with the EU

21.01.2019 Belarusian trade union case raised with the EU

International trade unions brought concerns of deteriorating environment for democracy and fundamental rights in Belarus to the European Union authorities.

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21.12.2018 Picks of the Week

MPs approve bill to decriminalize illegal NGO membership; REP activist under excessive restrictions; protesters still face routine judicial harassment

IndustriALL: Unjust verdict against union leaders in Belarus upheld

13.11.2018 IndustriALL: Unjust verdict against union leaders in Belarus upheld

The city court of Minsk decided on 09 November to uphold the guilty verdict against two trade union leaders in Belarus, which has been widely condemned as unjust.

Minsk City Court confirms sentence in trade union case

09.11.2018 Minsk City Court confirms sentence in trade union case

The Minsk City Court has upheld today the sentence of 4 years of restricted freedom earlier handed down to Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik, leaders of the trade union REP, on charges of tax evasion.

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”.

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).

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.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: investigation fails to prove guilt in trade union case

07.08.2018 Valiantsin Stefanovich: investigation fails to prove guilt in trade union case

The criminal case of trade unions is, above all, an echo of the global problems related to NGOs’ access to funds, says human rights activist Valiantsin Stefanovich, who has been observing the trial of REP leaders Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik. He has analyzed in detail the first phase of the trial, emphasizing the objectives pursued by the investigators.

Belarus: trial observation reports breaches of international law in the trial of two trade union leaders

03.08.2018 Belarus: trial observation reports breaches of international law in the trial of two trade union leaders

Paris-Geneva, August 3, 2018 – On July 30, 2018, the trial of two trade union leaders, Mr. Henadz Fiadynich and Mr. Ihar Komlik, opened before the Saviecki District Court of Minsk. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT), which sent a judicial observation mission to Belarus earlier this week, reports a number of violations of fair trial standards, and reiterates its call to the authorities to put an end to all forms of harassment against human rights defenders in the country.

Trial opens in trade union leaders’ tax-evasion case

30.07.2018 Trial opens in trade union leaders’ tax-evasion case

The Court of Saviecki district of Minsk began today hearing the charges against Henadz Fiadynich, leader of the independent trade union of radio-electronic industry (REP), and the trade inion’s accountant Ihar Komlik. The activists are charged with large-scale tax-evasion (Part 2, Art. 243 of the Criminal Code).

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