2012 30/04
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Another ban on holding two pickets on May Day was received by Orsha activists of the United Leftist Party “Fair World”.
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2012 30/04
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Mikalay Ulasievich

Public activist from Varniany Mikalay Ulasievich continues to seek legitimacy from the local authorities. The day before Mikalay along with another human rights activist from Astraviets Ivan Kruk sent a special ppeal to the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus, and on April 28 Ulasievich visited the head of Astraviets militia.
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2012 25/04
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Arbitrary detention is used in Belarus against political opponents and persons exercising their freedoms of conscience, opinion and expression. The use of arbitrary detention as a tool of systematic repression of critical voices constitutes a serious violation of human rights as the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention underlines1. We urge the authorities of the Republic of Belarus to release all political prisoners and to compensate them for the harm suffered.
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2012 23/04
Алесь Бяляцкі

Алесь Бяляцкі

The Nobel Committee has admitted the nomination of Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski for the 2012 Peace Prize, Polskie Radio reports, quoting Polish Sejm MP Andrzej Halicki and chairman of the Freedom and Democracy Foundation Tomasz Pisula.
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2012 19/04

Paris-Geneva, April 19, 2012. On April 2, 2012, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), submitted the case of Mr. Ales Bialiatski to the United Nations (UN) Working group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD).

Mr. Ales Bialiatski is the Vice President of FIDH and the President of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna”, in Belarus.

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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 17/04

Mrs. Zinaida Shumilina, Homel

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint submitted by Homel civil activist Mrs. Zinaida Shumilina, contesting a number of bans on holding pickets in support of former presidential candidates and their families.
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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 10/04

Ivan Kruk, Astravets

Ivan Kruk, a civil activist from Astravets, filed an individual communication with the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the UN. A copy of the communication was also sent to the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Belarus.
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2012 03/04
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On 30 March 2012, human rights defender Mr Valery Shchukin was condemned to an administrative fine in relation to a protest held on the previous day against the trial of political activists which was about to take place behind closed doors in Orsha. Following his protest, he was detained and put in pre-trial detention before being charged. Valery Shchukin is a 70-year-old human rights defender based in Vitsebsk who is particularly active in defending political and civil rights.
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2012 02/04
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Rapporteur of PACE on Belarus, Mr. Andres Herkel

2012-03-31
The text was prepared for the Fallen Freedom Fighter’s Day conference in Tartu on 25 March 2012.

Some days ago I was in springtime Oslo. The conference was dedicated to the situation in Belarus and it was organised by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee in cooperation with the Norwegian PEN Club. At the dinner, one of the hosts had tears in her eyes. Continue reading »

2012 02/04

UN

Additional information concerning the case of death convict Uladzislau Kavaliou was submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee by his mother and sister, Liubou Kavaliova and Tatsiana Kaziar.
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2012 02/04
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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 »