2013 13/11

Alaksiej Łapicki (meeting in Zhodino City Court)

On November 12, 2013 starting from 3 p.m. Zhodzina court chaired by Judge Ivan Grynkevich held a regular meeting on the case of human rights activists from Human Rights Centre “Viasna” Aliaksey Lapitski and Sviatlana Lapitskaya against Zhodzina Executive Committee, which refused hearing the application and disrupted picketing, scheduled for August 4, 2013 at the entrance to the City Park of Culture and Rest in support of Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners. Continue reading »

2013 09/11

In Zhodzina Court

The second meeting in Zhodzina Court on the case of picketing ban…

On 11/08/2013 in Zhodzina court, chaired by judge Ivan Grynkevich the second hearing was held on the complaint of human rights defenders Aliaksiey Lapitski and Sviatlana Lapitskaya regarding the denial of Zhodino Executive Committee to give permission for a picketing in support of Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners, which was scheduled to take place this year on August 4. Continue reading »

2013 07/11

Leanid Sudalenka

Human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka comments on the situation of Yury Rubtsou’s detention during a peaceful rally to Kurapaty. He believes that by arresting and detaining the citizen of Homel for three days, Belarusian authorities showed their attitude to human rights – arbitrary detention, violation of the right to liberty and security of person, violation of the right to participate in a peaceful assembly and as a result violation of freedom of expression. The result is – a lawless arrest. Continue reading »

2013 05/11

Yury Rubtsou in Miensk,
Dziady – 2013

On 4 November the Savetski District Court of Minsk sentenced the participant of the mass event “Dziady” (“Forefathers Eve”) Yury Rubtsou to three-day administrative arrest. Judge Dzmitry Pauliuchenka, having considered the administrative case of the opposition activist, found him guilty of “insubordination” to police officers (Article 23.4 of the Administrative Code). Continue reading »

2013 02/11

Aliaksiey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

On November 1, 2013 from 10-00 to 12-40 in the building of Zhodzina City Court the first hearing of the case on the city authorities’ ban of a peaceful picketing in support of a political prisoner and prominent human rights activist, chairman of the closed by the authorities human rights center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski as well as other political prisoners was held. Continue reading »

2013 28/10

In his speech at the Forum on October 26, deputy head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” spoke about the human rights developments in Belarus since the previous Forum in 2010.

Three years have passed since the previous Human Rights Forum in September 2010. How has the situation of human rights changed during the time? Continue reading »

2013 23/10

This week in Parliament legal guarantees of freedom of peaceful assembly are attempted to be established once again. Draft decrees “On freedom of assembly» № 2508a and № 2508a-1 are to be discussed.

Both bills, oddly enough, have their benefits, and both of them could be taken as a basis. Continue reading »

2013 21/10

The woman prisoner with severe cancer disease almost died because of the indifference of Ukrainian judge. She was in need of urgent medical assistance that the prison authorities were not able to provide. The judge didn’t want to appoint such aid. Continue reading »

2013 21/10

Uladzimir Labkovich

Uladzimir Labkovich, member of the Board of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, filed on October 18 a complaint to the Minsk City Court against the decision of Savetski District Court. The human rights defender disagrees with the penalty he was punished with for the dissemination of information materials about the head of the organization and political prisoner Ales Bialiatski. Continue reading »

2013 17/10

Aliaksiey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

In connection with the fact that in Salihorsk members of Belarusian Language Association (TBM) began to defend their right for naming streets in Belarusian and demand implementation of the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On the geographical names of objects”, Belarusian Legal Portal asked Aliaksiey Lapitsky, the organizer and one of the founders of Zhodzina TBM n.a. F. Skaryna in 1999, about this attitude to the problem. Continue reading »

2013 12/10

Harry Pahaniaila

His biography is a finished script for a blockbuster about the adventures of a self-made person in Soviet and post-Soviet times. Camp for the repressed, orphanage, factory, army, law school, court, Ministry of Justice, Bar Association, trials and eternal unequal battle against lawlessness and injustice. Here are advices from a lawyer and a well-known Belarusian human rights activist Harry Pahaniaila.
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2013 09/10

Aliaksiey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

The picket ban on the “Against the Death Penalty” Day in Zhodzina was received by the applicants 2 days before the planned event. Only on 08.10.2013 the human rights defender Aliaksiey Lapitsky received a registered mail from Zhodzina Executive Committee through the Main Post Office.
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2013 01/10

Mikhail Pastukhou is a Doctor of Law, Professor, judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus in the past. We are talking to him within the project “European Dialogue for modernization of Belarus” about what constitutional reform our country needs. Continue reading »

2013 29/09

In early September, a new decision of Homel city executive committee on mass events came into force. The authorities say that it is meant to “expand the list of places for public events, as well as to improve the interaction between the organizers of public events and local authorities.”
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2013 27/09

From September 22 to 26 in Zhodino and other cities of the country as well as abroad, rallies in support of political prisoner and a prominent human rights activist, the head of the human rights center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski were held. Continue reading »

2013 20/09
Ales Bialiatsky
Ales Bialiatsky

Homel human rights activists have begun an action on birthday of Ales Bialiatsky, the sentenced head of the human rights center “Viasna”. During the campaign any concerned citizen can come to the office on Paleskaya street, 52 of the regional center and sign a birthday card for the political prisoner and human rights activist. Continue reading »

2013 19/09
Siarzhuk Rusetsky

Siarzhuk Rusetsky

In court of Biarozausky District human rights defenders failed to defend their rights to pickets. They asked to recognize the wrongful denial by Biarozausky Executive Committee of a demonstration of solidarity with political prisoners planned on Aug. 4, as well as violation by the District Executive Committee the deadlines established by law to respond to a request. Continue reading »

2013 13/09

Mikalay Samaseyka , the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus , Minsk

The House of Representatives of the National Assembly adopted changes in administrative law, where it took into account the comments of the Homel Center for Strategic Litigation. Earlier the article on the administrative detention of individuals contained such a discriminating term as “a person committed an offense”. Now it sounds like “a person who is blamed in commission of an offense”. Continue reading »

2013 13/09

Uladzimir Labkovich

On 4 September the lawyer of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Uladzimir Labkovich received a mail from the Minsk City Court about the reversal of the verdict of the Savetski District Court of Minsk on the administrative case according to which he was fined 3 million rubles. Continue reading »

2013 08/09

Homel Executive Committee adopted a new decision on the order of public events in the city. Lawyer Leanid Sudalenka, who was many times refused by the local authorities to conduct peaceful assemblies, and who filed dozens of complaints to the Human Rights Committee of UN on violation of the right to peaceful assembly, calls the decision non-compliant even to the national law on mass events: “Basic Law on public events allows activity in any suitable for such purposes places, except of areas forbidden by the law. The same law obliges local officials with the duty to determine the forbidden places for mass events. The law simply prohibits activities in places, prohibited by a decision of local authorities”, – the legal expert is quoting the new decision. Continue reading »

2013 06/09

Chairman of PO “BAJ” Zhana Litvina and vice-chairman Andrey Bastuniets

These were results of the pilot research EaP Mass Media Freedom Index which were announced today in the office of BAJ. Continue reading »

2013 26/08

She spent years of struggle and lost her health. The Human Rights Commission recognized that Belarus has violated rights of the citizen of Poland Volha Pichuhina. Continue reading »

2013 23/08

For nearly a year, from August 2012 to the present day, Mazyr human rights defender Uladzimir Tseliapun was seeking justice in the courts of Homel region to appeal a decision of Mazyr District Executive Committee “On Mass Events”, arguing that the decision is not consistent with the law and violates the rights of citizens, the implementation of which are guaranteed by the Constitution.
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2013 23/08

Piatro Ivanou

Vitsebsk citizen Piatro Ivanou sent a complaint against the officcials of the government of the Republic of Belarus to Mrs. Margaret Sekagya, the United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Continue reading »

2013 17/08

Alaksiej Łapicki, Žodzina

That is the latest example – the UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint of Vital Lapasau, activist from Hrodna. At first glance it is an ordinary complaint. Several dozens complaints of Belarusians have been registered and considered by the UN HRC recently. However, it should be noted that this is the first complaint of the kind from Hrodna region which was filed with the methodological support of Homel human rights defenders. Continue reading »

2013 08/08

Valery Rybchanka, Zhlobin

Valery Rybchanka, Zhlobin

Human Rights Committee of the UN has registered a communication of the head of the Zhlobin district organization of the “Fair World” Party Valery Rybchanka concerning his unlawful arrest in July 2011. Continue reading »

2013 05/08

Freedom to Ales!

Freedom for Ales!

Ales is every one of us. This is who we are! We all are Ales!

Solidarity actions are our small contribution to the fight against the repressive and command system, which is imposed to the people of Belarus by a pro-government nomenclature of stagnation times and its longtime leader.

Freedom for Ales Bialiatsky!
Freedom for political prisoners in Belarus!
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2013 01/08
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City officials refused to consider a request for picketing in support of Ales Bialiatsky, claimed on August 4 from 6 p.m to 7 p.m at the main concert court of Zhodzina City Culture and Recreation Park.
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2013 06/01

The appeal against the decision of Zhodzina City Court of November 22, with the reasoning part of November 29, 2013 which were presented by the judge of Zhodzina City Court Ivan Grynkevich to the applicants only on December 24, 2013 (! ), had to be filed on 03.01.2014 without a preliminary opportunity of familiarization with the record of the hearing and to making necessary comments on it. Continue reading »

2012 10/10

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation confirmed that the decisions of the UN Committee on Human Rights, taken by the complaints of Russians are binding and do not exempt Russia from the reliable and responsible implementation of these decisions in the framework of voluntarily assumed obligations under international law.
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2012 05/09
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Leanid Sudalenka from Homiel strategic lawsuit centre has achieved another victory in protecting rights of the Belarusians. The UN Committee on Human Rights considered the appeal about confiscation of computers from association “Civil Initiatives” at the presidential elections of 2001. According to this decree, the Belarussian State shall return the equipment and compensate the public association court costs.
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2012 05/07
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On 4 July Judge of the Salihorsk District Court Valiantsina Lapina turned down the appeal of a “Young Front” activist Andrei Tychyna against the prohibition of a bicycle rally, issued by the Salihorsk City Executive Committee.
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2012 27/06
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Mrs. Yulia Harachankova, who was detained and sentenced to five days of administrative arrest for involvement in a “silent protest” last summer, has received a compensation for the illegal arrest. Continue reading »

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2012 28/05

Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Continuation of unlawful practice of purposeful political persecution against the opponents of the regime in the country shows that in the field of civil rights and political freedoms the entirely destructive suppression system has formed here. It is aimed at purposeful and deliberate deprivation active citizens of their inalienable constitutional rights to freedom of association, peaceful assembly, dissemination of information and expression of views… Continue reading »

2012 22/05

Paval Sapielka, Miensk

21.05.2012 Viasna launches campaign to monitor penal system. All information concerning the analysis of penal law and penal system monitoring will be published in a thematic section on the website of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”. The section’s expert is lawyer Pavel Sapelka.
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2012 08/05

Strategic lawsuits

Seminar “Strategic lawsuit practices in human rights organizations. The implementation of de facto rules of international law”, organized under the initiative of Homiel Centre of strategic lawsuit took place in Chernigov. Continue reading »

2012 04/05
Alaksiej Lapicki, Vilnia

Alaksiej Lapicki, in Vilnia

The article about the appeal of Homiel politician Vasil Paliakou to the UN Human Rights Committee on the fact of prohibition of the “National Assembly” and his subsequent administrative proceedings followed by his arrest and imprisonment still makes us ask a rhetorical question, with all our understanding of the situation in the country… That is, why don’t Belarusian authorities adopt the progressive experience of their colleagues from Vilnius))? As people say – “CHICKEN”?!
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2012 18/04
Валянцін Гефтэр, Расея

Валянцін Гефтэр, Расея

“People cannot be restricted in their right to travel abroad, expect for the cases when the decision has been enforced by a court,’ says Valentin Gefter, Director of the Institute of Human Rights, Member of the Presidential Council for the Promotion of Civil Society and Human Rights, in his interview with the web-site of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”.
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2012 14/04
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Yauhen Galashchapau, Maldova

Yauhen Galashchapau, Master of International Human Rights Law (Moldova)

Regarding the human rights situation in Belarus …

Yauhen Galashchapau, an expert of International Human Rights Law, participated in monitoring of the human rights situation in Belarus on the OSCE mission (2011)
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2012 02/04
ААН

UN

Homiel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka received a reply about the registration of their common appeal from Geneva. According to their appeal, on the eve of presidential elections in 2010, they appealed to the Homiel Town’s Executive Committee for permission to hold a rally, which was to be confined with the Day of Human Rights. Human rights activists wanted to draw the attention of voters on their right to refuse early voting. Continue reading »

2012 27/03
Пятро Кузьняцоў, Гомель

Piatro Kuzniatsou, Homel

Homiel leader of the Movement “For Freedom!” Piatro Kuzniatsou did not agree with the actions of Belarusian authorities, which arbitrarily, to his point view, deprived him of his right to freedom of peaceful assembly. Now he is litigating this fact in the UN Committee on Human Rights. Continue reading »

2012 22/03
Андрэй Варвашэвіч

Andrey Varvashevich

On March 6, 2012 the Presidium of the Minsk City Bar Association has considered the disciplinary proceedings against a lawyer Andrey Varvashevich and decided to exclude him from the bar “for committing a disciplinary offense, not compatible with the rank of a lawyer, in terms of his intentional actions, which collectively humiliated personal dignity and high rank of a lawyer and undermined the prestige of the legal profession, public confidence to a lawyer and the legal profession as a whole”. However, from the text of the decree of the Presidium it is not clear what action of A.Varvashevich was the reason for his exclusion from the Bar.

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2012 20/03

Constitutional Court

The current situation in Belarus shows that the mechanisms of constitutional control and protection of human rights work here in a very specific, selective manner. It all depends on what field of international standards of law is affected: socio-economic or socio-political, relating to universal human rights reflected in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Continue reading »

2012 07/03

As we reported earlier, Homiel Centre of strategic litigation issued a manual on the issues of legal conflicts of administrative law, which lead to the practice of violation of the right to freedom and personal inviolability.
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2012 06/03

Siarhei Lisichonak, Мiensk

Assembly of Democratic NGOs of Belarus is against Art. 193.1 of the Criminal Code of Belarus and the restriction of the right to freedom of association for the citizens of Belarus.

Art. 193-1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus provides liability up to 2 years in prison for acting on behalf of unregistered organization (!)… Continue reading »

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2012 27/02

On 27 February, Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka submitted a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee, arguing that their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly were violated by Belarus. Continue reading »

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2012 25/02
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Who is “our” and who – “stranger”?

February 23 antyalkagolnuyu activists were detained by police in 1230 about a department store “Homel”.
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2012 24/02
Мікалай Самасейка, Палата прадстаўнікоў Нацыянальнага Сходу Рэспублікі Беларусь, Менск

Mykalay Samaseyka, Chairman of the Standing Committee of Parliament, Мiensk

Homiel opposition activists Uladzimir Katsora and Uladzimir Niapomnyashchykh received a response from the House of Representatives to their appeal, the main point of which was that the Parliament would call the Constitutional Court to initiate bringing in line Article 8.4 of Procedural-Executive Code on Administrative Offences (PEKAO) with Article 25 of the Constitution and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Continue reading »

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2012 24/02

Zinaida Shumilina, Homel

A member of the UCP from Homel Zinaida Shumilina has sent an individual complaint to the UN Committee on Human Rights. She believes that, together with his colleagues suffered from the actions of Belarusian authorities. The conflict, which requires the intervention of the international structure – the UN Committee on Human Rights, established in February last year.
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2012 17/02
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This report underlines the crucial role played by human rights defenders in standing up for the rights of others, challenging oppression and speaking out for those who have no voice said Front Line Defenders’ Executive Director Mary Lawlor speaking in Dublin today.
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2012 16/02

Aleh Aheeu, Miensk

Today people in Belarus are not surprised by the facts of numerous administrative detentions of persons from the active part of Belarusian society. The passive part of this society accepts these messages as granted, as a weather forecast for tomorrow.
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2012 14/02
Лілія Мароз

Lilia Maroz

Standing Commission of the Council of the Republic of Belarus found no reason to test the administrative law for compliance with the Constitution and international law.
Homel opposition activists Uladzimir Katsora and Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh received such a response to their appeal from the House of territorial representation. Continue reading »

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2012 05/02
Раман Васільеў, Жодзіна

Raman Vasilyeu, Zhodzina

Day and night. Light and darkness. Steps into nothing – into the abyss of betrayal and violence. Betrayal of yourself and people, your country. Violence over human dignity and fundamental civil right.

Mockery of one’s own conscience, of innocent people – is nothing like torture over his or her own future. And everything for a better piece of … the “dirty pie” of ruling power!?
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2012 02/02

This publication is designed on the example of analysis of situations connected with criminal and administrative prosecution of persons who participated in the unsanctioned picketing on December 19, 2010 in Minsk, Belarus.
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2012 26/01
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Belarus Piatro Miklashevich recently has demonstrated the government’s position on the citizens’ right to access constitutional justice. Continue reading »

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2012 23/01
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Constitutional Court, Miensk

Homel pro-democratic activists Uladzimir Katsora and Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh have addressed the Constitutional Court of Belarus with a demand to provide legal assessment to the provisions of Article 8.4 of the Code for Administrative Procedures in their compliance with Article 25 of the Constitution and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Continue reading »

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2012 23/01
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On 23 January, experts of the Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs and the Center for Legal Transformation presented the results of monitoring of the situation with non-governmental organizations and freedom of association in Belarus in 2011.
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2012 19/01
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Andrey Yurov, Russia

Well-known Russian human rights activist Andrey Yurov, head of the International Observation Mission of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus, wrote a brief article in which he summarized the main results of 2011 and noted the important trends for the future of the human rights movement in the CIS countries.
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2012 12/01
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

On 12 January Siarhei Shytsikau, Judge of the Tsentralny District Court of Homel, turned down the appeal of the Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka against the refusal of the Homel City Executive Committee to authorize their picket, dated to the Human Rights Day, 10 December.
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2012 11/01
Уладзімер Няпомняшчых, Гомель

Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh, Homel

On January 11 judge of Homiel Central district Alena Tsalkova passed a resolution: to stop the administrative case against Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh on “dirty swearing” (Article 17.1 of the CAO) for the failure to prove his guilt. Continue reading »

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2012 10/01
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On 10 January Vasil Paliakou, head of the Homel regional branch of the United Civil Party, filed an individual communication with the UN Human Rights Committee concerning violation of Article 14 and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by the Republic of Belarus by forced dactylography.
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2012 09/01
Сяргей Каваленка, Віцебск

Siarhey Kavalenka, Vitebsk

Siarhey Kavalenka, who was recognized a political prisoner by the human rights activists of Vitsebsk, filed the complaint to the UN Committee on Human Rights on the eve of imprisonment in Vitebsk detention centre number 2. This way the activist is trying to protect his rights and make Belarusian authorities to abolish his sentence for hanging a white-red-white flag on the Christmas tree in the center of Vitebsk two years ago.
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2012 05/01
American Bar Association, ABA

American Bar Association, ABA

American lawyers released an expert declaration in the case of Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski.

The American Bar Association (ABA) submitted the Expert’s Declaration as an objective legally supported and truthful expert statement based on the case materials and in accordance with international legal standards. The ABA plans to file the copy of the Declaration to the Minsk City Court, which will hear a cassation appeal against the conviction of Bialiatski. Continue reading »

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2012 03/01
Ізалятар ...

Uladzimir Katsora and Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh addressed the Tsentrany District Court of Mahiliou with an appeal against the unlawful arrest.
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2012 02/01
Павал Левінаў, Віцебск

Paval Levinau, Vitsebsk

Vitsebsk human rights activist Paval Levinau tried to defend the rights of individuals, who were under administrative process, for release from responsibility in connection with the expiry of periods of limitations. For this he has appealed to the Constitutional Court. However, the court didn’t start to investigate, whether the norms of the current Code of Administrative Violations contradict the Constitution.
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2011 30/12
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In the last days of the year the activists of independent trade union in Homiel region have filed a complaint about violations of their rights to freedom of expression and public events to the UN Committee on Human Rights. The complaint was signed by six people.
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2011 27/12
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On December 26 the leadership of the “Center of strategic litigation” received a response from the UN Committee on Human Rights to the application of Homiel citizen Marysia Tulzhankova. The young activist complained to the UN Committee on Human Rights of violation of her rights by the state, namely the violation of the right of information and expression. Continue reading »

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2011 16/12
Вярхоўны Суд, Менск

Supreme Court, Меnsk

Chairman of the Supreme Court Valiantsin Sukala reversed the decision of Minsk Piershamaysky district Court supported by Minsk city court, according to which the 27-year-old resident of Mahiliou Julia Harachankova was serving administrative detention for a period of 5 days for “using obscene language in a public place” in July. Continue reading »

2011 15/12
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Brest citizen Tatsiana Yachnik received a message from the UN Committee on Human Rights, which stated that her complaint about pension not being assessed on Soviet passport was accepted. Continue reading »

2011 09/12
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Ales Bialacki

A letter was received from human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, sentenced to 4.5 years in a high-security colony. He wrote it on 30 November, after the announcement of the verdict, but before his transfer to the Zhodzina prison.
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2011 06/12
Леанід Сьвецік, Віцебск

Leanid Svetsik, Vitsebsk

However, the head of the ideological department, Aliaksandr Kulikou, sent him a demand to present any documents which confirm their powers, instead of giving an answer.
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2011 06/12
Касацыйнае абскарджваньне, Менскі абласны суд

Сassation, Minsk Regional Court

On November 5 from 10:00 to 14:00 hearing of cases was held in cassation instance of Minsk regional court. Panel of judges, chaired by Judge Kulakova considered the complaint of Aliaksey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya last. Continue reading »

2011 29/11
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Ruslan Viliuha, Krupky

In the district center Krupky in the night of November 18 to 19 during a special operation “Law and order” militia acted lawless.

Quoting “Belarusian News», just one document refutes the so-called “refutation” of Minsk regional executive committee’s MIA, who claimed that “actions of militia officers from Krupky RDIA were completely legitimate”. Continue reading »

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2011 27/11
Вярхоўны Суд

As reported at the web site of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus, this institution is monitoring the performance of the judicial system. Therefore, citizens are asked to send their assessment and suggestions for improving judicial work. Human rights defenders of Vitebsk decided to respond to this request and sent to the Supreme Court their suggestions about work of general jurisdiction courts.

The reply recently received by human rights activists in response to their suggestion was disappointing. Continue reading »

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2011 23/11

On November 22 and 23, 2011 hearings on the case of the head of the human rights center “Viasna”, vice-president of the International Federation on Human Rights Ales Bialiatsky continued in Minsk. Continue reading »

2011 22/11
Міліцыя...!?

Militia ...!?

First trials against the young people detained on Friday and Saturday were held in the town of Krupki (the Minsk region).
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2011 21/11
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Former lieutenant-colonel of Salihorsk financial police Viktar Malochka keeps fighting for the rehabilitation of his rights, reportedly violated by two arbitrary detentions during so called “silent protests” on 15 and 22 June.
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2011 20/11
Валянцін Стэфановіч

Valiantsin Stefanovich

The Human Rights Defenders Against the Death Penalty are calling upon everyone to help save human lives by signing the online petition against the possible execution of Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou.
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2011 17/11
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November 16, 2011 in Minsk saw the fifth day of the hearing of Human Rights Center Viasna Head and Vice-president of FIDH Ales Bialiatski.
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2011 16/11
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On November 10, 2011 in Minsk, the 4th day began of the trial of Ales Bialiatski, head of human rights center Viasna, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). The International Observation Mission of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus followed the progress of the process. Today’s hearing was devoted to the interrogation of the accused.
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2011 15/11
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The trials conducted in the aftermath of the 19 December 2010 presidential election in Belarus highlighted the need for a substantial reform of the country’s justice system.
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2011 14/11
Васіль Палякоў, Гомель

Vasil Paliakou, Homel

In the evening of November 13 the chairman of the Homiel region UCP Vasil Paliakou was released from detention centre. On the same day he stopped a protest hunger strike, which lasted 5 days.

Let’s remind that Vasil Paliakou was arrested by law enforcement agencies in the evening of November 8. The trial over Vasil was organized the next day in the Soviet district court of Homiel. The activist was accused of breaking the law “On mass events” when preparing for the People’s Assembly, scheduled for Nov. 12. The judge Kupratsevich awarded Paliakou 5 days of administrative arrest. Continue reading »

2011 14/11
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On 15 October the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) produced a special report “On the conformity with the universal human rights standards of Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code on the rights of non-registered associations of the Republic of Belarus”.
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2011 13/11
Навошта лёгіка ...!?

What is the logic ...!?

It turns out that the authorities of Zhodzina and Vitsebsk have different tactical approaches to the prohibition of peaceful assembly of citizens. However, they have one thing in common – the desire to forbid what they are obliged to guarantee to their citizens in accordance with constitutional and international legal norms. Continue reading »

2011 12/11
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Aliaksiey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

Zhodzina court admitted its mistakes. That’s how you can explain the accepted comments on trial protocol made by the applicants Aliaksiey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya on the basis of the process recordings after getting acquainted with the protocol of October 25, 2011.
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2011 11/11
Аляксей Лапіцкі

Aliaksiey Lapitski

Human right defenders Aliaksiey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya filed a cassational appeal against the decision of the Zhodzina City Court of October 17, which was used by the judge Tatsiana Tratsyuk in rejecting complaint about unlawful actions (inaction) of the executive committee’s officials to prohibit peaceful picketing in support of the well-known Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatsky arrested in Miensk. Continue reading »

2011 06/11
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November 4, 2011 in Minsk was the third session of the court case of Viasna head and Vice President of FIDH Ales Bialiatski. Reviews of previous meetings can be found here (the first day) and here (the second day) over the course of the process, you can also follow the International Observation Mission in Belarus here on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/IOMission.
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2011 05/11
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On November 3, 2011 in Minsk the trial of Ales Bialiatski, the head of the human rights center Viasna and vice-president of the International Federation of Human Rights continued. The International observation mission of the Committee on international control over the situation with Human Rights in Belarus followed the progress of the trial. A survey of the first day can be found here. Today’s hearing was largely devoted to the examination of witnesses.
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2011 03/11
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Today, on November 2, 2011 in Minsk trial over Ales Bialiatsky, the head of the human rights center “Viasna” and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) began.
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2011 02/11
А судзьдзі хто...?

Who are the judges ...?

Every-Wednesday actions of silent protest, which set Belarus on fire this summer and during which about 2 thousand people were arrested, fell into oblivion. However, those events continue to echo now.
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2011 02/11
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Ales Bialiatsky, Мiеnsk

Today, on November 2, Mahiliou activists of the campaign “Havary Praudu!” reminded the citizens about human rights defenders Ales Bialiatsky, who was prosecuted by the authorities for political reasons. (further-orthography of the primary source)
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2011 01/11
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Ales Lapitsky, handling of audio material on protocol

On 31.10.2011 in Zhodzina human rights defenders filed their comments to Zhodzina court about records of the trial, which was held on August 13 and 17 on banning peaceful picketing in support of the arrested well-known human rights activist Ales Bialiatsky. Continue reading »

2011 25/10
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Zhodzina town court

Indeed, on 10.25.2011, 7 days after the decision of Zhodzina court of 17.10.2011, a private decision of Zhodzina court was “found” in the case file on violation of law by the local executive committee … When was this definition rendered and who announced it? It’s not entirely clear. But the fact of rendering and publication of this decision at the end of the hearing on October 17 has been “fixed” in the presented protocol – (!?). Continue reading »

2011 18/10
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October 17, 2011
The Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs
Republican Human Rights Public Association “Belarusian Helsinki Committee”
Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Legal Transformation Center

The present research focuses on analysis of amendments initiated to be introduced into a range of laws of the Republic of Belarus in autumn of 2011. Continue reading »

2011 16/10
Аляксей Лапіцкі, судовы працэс у Жодзіне

Alaksiej Lapicki, trial in Zhodzina

On 14.10.2011 from 14:30 to 16:45 the second trial on the appeal of human rights defenders Aliaksiey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya was held in Zhodzina court. The appeal was filed on lawless actions (inaction) of the officials from Zhodzina executive committee who made obstacles and prohibition of peaceful mass action planned on 8.22.2011 in support of a prominent human rights defender Ales Bialiatsky. Continue reading »

2011 12/10
Раман Кісьляк, Бярэсьце

Raman Kisliak

On 16 October the Brest human rights defender Raman Kisliak planned to hold a one-man procession on Kasmanauty Strip in Brest in order to draw the public attention to violalion of the right to freedom of the vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski.
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2011 12/10
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The official journal of the European Union published names of 16 Belarusian officials banned from entering the EU.

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2011 09/10
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Aliaxey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

On 07.10.2011 from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. in Zhodzina city court a preliminary hearing presided over by Judge Tatsiana Tratsiuk was held on the appeal of Aliaxey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya about the unlawful actions (inaction) of the executive committee officials, who had violated the rights of Zhodzina citizens to hold a peaceful meeting in the form of picketing in support of imprisoned human rights defender Ales Bialiatsky.
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2011 08/10
Леанід Сьвецік, ВІцебск

Leanid Svetsik, Vitsebsk

Leanid Svetsik had to go to the law after the head of the Railway district administration Yury Maskaliou refused him to hold a picket in support of Ales Bialiatsky, scheduled for August 22. Judge Roman Dziahoda considered the arguments of the human rights activist “unreasonable” and did not meet any of the stated requirements. Continue reading »

2011 26/09
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The UN Human Rights Council has considered the interim report on the situation of political prisoners, human rights defenders, journalists and lawyers following the 19 December 2010 presidential election in Belarus.
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