2009 14/11

Amnamnesty International

Amnamnesty International

The human rights organization <i>Amnesty International </i> considers Ihar Koktysh, who is kept in a detention center in Simferopol waiting for the extradition to Belarus, to be a prisoner of conscience.

30-year old Ihar Koktysh is accused by Belarusian prosecutors of committing an intentional murder. He has been in a detention center in Ukraine since 25 June 2007, waiting for the extradition, RFE/RL reports.

Amnesty International called on the Ukraine authorities not to return Ihar Koktysh to Belarus. Continue reading »

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2009 14/11

Сяргей Гоўша, Баранавічы

Siarhei Housha

Finally the human rights defender from Baranavichy Siarhei Housha got an answer to his inquiries to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus about who must implement the decisions of the UN Human Rights Committee.

In particular, Siarhei Housha asked the MFA why the Belarusian state didn’t implement the Committee’s decision concerning the Human Rights Center Viasna and why the state still hasn’t restored his right to association. According to Mr. Housha, if this question is beyond the MFA competency, the officials were obliged to tell to who he must apply.  Continue reading »

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2009 14/11

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs answered the address of human rights defenders concerning the registration of the death convict Vasil Yuzepchuk’s communication by the UN Human Rights Committee.

‘We inform you that the official note of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights concerning the registration of the individual communication on behalf of Yuzepchuk V.L. has been submitted to the competent state organs,’ is stated in the MFA answer, signed by the deputy minister S.Aleinik.  Continue reading »

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2009 14/11

The General Prosecutor’s Office found the activities of Santa Clauses on New Year’s Eve illegal.

The group of Santa Clauses will be brought to responsibility if it will be established that they take systematic part in an unregistered organization, says the letter of the General Prosecutor’s Office.

Bear in mind that on 15 October 15 Belarusian human rights activists dressed as Santa Clauses and Snow Ladies came to the Generals Prosecutor’s Office and handed in a petition where it was stated that all of them were members of the unregistered association of Santa Clauses. Continue reading »

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