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 18/05
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Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Summary

The present report is submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 17/24, in which the Council requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to monitor the human rights situation in Belarus and to present to the Council, in an interactive dialogue at its twentieth session, a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in Belarus following the presidential election of 19 December 2010. Continue reading »

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 08/05

On 8 May Siarhei Koneu, Judge of the Mahiliou Regional Court, turned down the appeal of civil activist against the verdict of the Leninski District Court of Mahiliou, according to which he had been sentenced to a fine for distributing the unregistered newspaper “Tut i Tsiaper” without a special distribution agreement.
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2012 07/05

Valiantsin Stefanovich, the deputy head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 4 May the deputy head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich filed a written application with the head of the Minsk City Court in connection with a gross violation of the legislation by Alena Siamak, a judge of the Tsentralny District Court of Minsk.
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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 04/05

Vasil Paliakou, Homel

On 4 May the vice-head o the United Civil Party and chairman of the Homel regional organization of the UCP Vasil Paliakou applied to the UN Human Rights Committee. The politician believes that the Belarusian authorities violated Article 19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the right to freedom of information and of peaceful assembly) by sentencing him to arrest for organizing the People’s Assembly.
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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 »

2012 30/03

On 24 February 2012, the Pervomaisk District Court in Vitebsk sentenced opposition activist Siarhei Kavalenka to two years and one month imprisonment, having found him guilty of evading serving a punishment of supervised release.
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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 23/03
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Two members of the Young Front opposition movement were detained outside Minsk detention center in Akrestsin Street on 22 March.
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2012 22/03
Юрась Захаранка, Гомель

Yuras Zakharanka, Homel

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint submitted by Homel activist of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party People’s Hramada Yuras Zakharanka.
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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
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On 16 March 2012, Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou were executed, two days after President Lukashenka rejected their request for clemency. Continue reading »

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2012 20/03
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The execution of two men convicted of carrying out a deadly metro bombing last year in Minsk has been condemned by Amnesty International as it called on the Belarus authorities to release the bodies to their families for burial.
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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 17/03
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Uladzislau Kavaliou, convicted of involvement in the plotting of a terrorist act in Minsk metro on 11 April, 2011, has been executed, says an official communication issued by the Supreme Court of Belarus dated 16 March. Continue reading »

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2012 15/03

Aleh Matskievich, Barysau

Barysau human rights defender Aleh Matskevich has received a reply from the UN Human Rights Committee saying that his complaint against several picket bans imposed by the town authorities has been registered by the Committee.
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2012 12/03
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On 5 March the discussion of the yearly report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders took place at the UN Human Rights Council.
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2012 09/03

Distribution of these materials in Homiel was stopped by the riot militia

In Homiel a member of anti-alcohol campaign “Don’t drink –let’s live” Vasil Takarenka was arrested. He was arrested by riot militia near the store “Homiel”. The activist was taken to the militia department of the Central District.
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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.

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2012 05/03

Уладзімер Кацора, Гомель

On 5 March Homel oppositionist Uladzimir Katsora filed an individual communication with the UN Human Rights Committee. The activist is of the opinion that the Belarusian authorities who were represented by the police officers who detained him and fined for the organization of a People’s Assembly, violated Articles 19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – the right to disseminate information and freedom of peaceful assemblies. Continue reading »

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2012 29/02

Valiantsin Stefanovich, Partyzanski District Court, 02 December 2011, Мiensk

Valiantsin Stefanovich, deputy chair of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” has received copies of court rulings ordering to execute the decision by Miensk Partyzanski District Court of 16 December 2011.
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2012 29/02
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According to Uladzimir Shyla, a local public activist, deputies must address the issue of prohibition of mass events in the town. Executive committee of Salihorsk didn’t grant another five appeals to hold mass events in Salihorsk.
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2012 28/02
Ігар Случак, Гомель

Ihar Sluchak, Homel

Homel resident Ihar Sluchak has lodged another complaint with the Supreme Court Chairman Valiantsin Sukala, urging him to review the administrative arrest for alleged disorderly conduct in late August 2011 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 24/02
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Siarhei Kavalenka, Vitsebsk

Vitsebsk activist of the Conservative Christian Party – Belarusian Popular Front Siarhei Kavalenka has been sentenced to two years and one month of imprisonment on charges of violating parole restrictions.
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2012 18/02
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Vladislav Kovalev

Liubou Kavaliova, mother of sentenced to death penalty Vladislau Kovaliou received a response from the Presidential Administration.
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2012 18/02
Сяргей Каваленка, Віцебск

Siarhey Kavalenka, Vitsebsk

On February 14 the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” published the appeal to Siarhey Kavalenka (see below), who has gone on hunger strike in Vitsebsk prison long time ago. A citizen of Belarus, he has been prosecuted not for criminal acts, but for his own beliefs and sincere love for the motherland. And now he is in critical condition and can loose his life.

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2012 17/02
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The European Parliament,

– having regard to its resolution of 17 December 2009 on Belarus1 and to its other resolutions on that subject, in particular those of 15 September 20112, 12 May 20113, 10 March 20114 and 20 January 20115,
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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 17/02
Вольга Дамаскіна, Наваполацак

Mrs. Volha Damaskina, Navapolatsak

On 16 February, Navapolatsak KGB and police searched the private residence of local pro-democratic activist Mrs. Volha Damaskina, seizing a PC, a laptop and several CDs and DVDs. The raid reportedly dealt with a criminal case under Art. 341 of the Criminal Code opened against the activist’s son Dzmitry Ryzhychenka in April 2010.
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2012 17/02

The imprisoned leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski has been convoyed to penal colony No. 2 in the town of Babruisk, Mahiliou region, to serve his 4.5-year term for alleged tax evasion, the human rights defender’s wife says.
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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 13/02
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Or why, in the 21st century Belarusian militia have completely forgotten about telecommunication service?

It’s just a mockery!

This is the name of the video clip from Zhodzina in which we can see all the cynicism and stupidity of the system. Continue reading »

2012 09/02

The mother of the death convict submitted their arguments to the commentaries provided to the UN Human Rights Committee by the Belarusian authorities in connection with the individual communication submitted to the organization on his behalf.
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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 03/02

The Soviet of the Republic sees no need to initiate the abolishment of Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, which penalizes activities on behalf of organizations that are not registered with the state. Continue reading »

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2012 02/02
Мікола Уласевіч

Mikalay Ulasievich, Harodnia

On February 2 in the Leninsky district court of Harodnia hearing of the complaint of Astraviets activist Mikalay Ulasievich ended quite unexpectedly. The process lasted about one and a half hour, and eventually the judge Vitaly Liatsko granted Ulasievich’s appeal.
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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 24/01
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Minsk City Court has upheld the 4.5-year verdict to Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski, dismissing the cassational appeal lodged by lawyer Dzmitry Layeuski.
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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 20/01
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On 19 January, deputy chair of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich lodged a complaint with Minsk City Court demanding to reverse an earlier decision of 16 December 2011 by Minsk Partyzanski District Court to exact 56 mln. rubles of fine for alleged tax violations.
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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 17/01
Микалай Аўтуховіч

Mikalai Autukhovich

Political prisoner Mikalai Autukhovich has stood closed trial at a penal colony in Ivatsevichy. As a result, he will be transferred to a stricter prison for alleged repeated violations of regime restrictions while serving his 5.2-year term.
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2012 16/01
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The delegation of the International Federation for Human Rights took part in the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee meeting to discuss the situation in Belarus held in Brussels on 12 January.
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2012 13/01
Раман Кісьля, Бярэсьце

Raman Kisliak, Brest

The Brest Regional Court confirmed the ruling of the Leninski District Court of Brest concerning the ban of a series of pickets under the slogan “Freedom to Political Prisoners!” by the Brest City Executive Committee in autumn 2011.
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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
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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
Siarhei Kavalenka, Vitsebsk

Siarhei Kavalenka, Vitsebsk

A lawyer of an activist from Vitsebsk has received an official reply from the prosecutor’s office of the Pershamaiski district.
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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
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Prison # 8, Zhodzina

Bear in mind that on 24 November Siarhei Bandarenka, Judge of the Pershamaiski District Court of Minsk, had sentenced Ales Bialiatski, vice-President of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, to 4.5 years in a high-security prison with confiscation of assents for alleged large-scale tax evasion.
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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
Алена Каваленка, Віцебск

Alena Kavalenka, Vitsebsk

Alena Kavalenka learned it from the investigator who deals with her husband’s case. On 3 January she had filed an application for a meeting with Siarhei. However, on 5 Janury investigator Yury Volkau mocked at her, saying that in some cases complaints could be considered for up to 10 days.
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2012 05/01
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Legal information

The aim of the campaign launched by the local organization “Legal Assistance to Population” is to return the free access to legal information on the web.
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2012 05/01
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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
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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

Ales Bialiatski was given 10 minutes to pay last tribute to his father in a morgue in Minsk this morning.
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2011 27/12
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On December 26 Kastrychnitsky district court of Vitebsk closed the administrative case against the activist, on whom a protocol was drawn up after the white-red-white flag appeared on the store “The Fifth Element”. Continue reading »

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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 25/12
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On December 24 in his 83rd year of life, Viktor Bialiatsky, father of the imprisoned human rights defender Ales Belyatsky passed away. Continue reading »

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2011 21/12
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Vitsebsk activist of the Conservative Christian Party “Belarusian Popular Front” Siarhei Kavalenka may be imprisoned for up to three years for alleged violation of suspended sentence restrictions. Continue reading »

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2011 21/12
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UN

New York, 19 December 2011 — This morning, the United Nations General Assembly in New York adopted the Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. This landmark document recognises the right of every one of the planet’s seven billion people to have access to human rights education, a lifelong process involving all ages, all parts of society, and every kind of education, formal and informal.
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2011 17/12
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Valiantsin Stefanovich, Мiеnsk

On 16 December the Partyzanski District Tax Inspection of Minsk increased the sum of the claim to Valiantsin Stefanovich to 53 million rubles. A representative of the tax inspection stated that the statement that earlier information about Stefanovich’s account in the Lithuanian bank SEB, provided by the Lithuanian authorities, is incomplete, mustn’t be taken into account, because it wasn’t specified what is incomplete. Continue reading »

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2011 16/12
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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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Uladzimir Lemesh, Salihorsk

Salihorsk activist of “European Belarus” Uladzimir Lemesh received a message from the UN Committee on Human Rights concerning the situation with his case. Continue reading »

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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
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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 30/11
ААН

n its Concluding Observations, the Committee against Torture makes a first harsh observation of the dialogue: Belarus’ delayed report prevented the experts for almost a decade from analysing the implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
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2011 30/11
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The sentencing of leading Belarusian human rights defender, Ales Bialiatski to 4.5 years in prison last week is disappointing and we are concerned that it will have a negative impact on the ability of Belarusian civil society to operate freely and without fear.
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2011 29/11
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Таciana Reviaka, speech at a forum in Poznań

On 24 November, in Belarus, a politically motivated verdict was pronounced against a prominent human rights defender, leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Ales Bialiatski. He was found guilty of alleged “tax evasion on a large scale” and sentenced to four and a half years of imprisonment in a high security penal colony with confiscation of property.
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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 28/11
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Appeal by Belarusian human rights defenders on a request by the state prosecutor to execute Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou

Belarusian human rights defenders strongly condemn the state prosecutor’s request to sentence to death Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou, defendants in the 11 April 2011 subway bombing trial. Continue reading »

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2011 28/11
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The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources of a new hearing planned for December 2, 2011 against Mr. Valiantsin Stefanovich, Vice-Chairman of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna”.
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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 25/11
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64 human rights organizations, members and partners of the Human Rights House Network, resolutely condemn the court verdict to sentence Ales Bialiatski to 4,5 years imprisonment with confiscation of his property. We call upon the Belarusian authorities to immediately drop all charges against Ales Bialiatski and stop his criminal prosecution. Continue reading »

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2011 25/11
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GENEVA (24 November 2011) – Three United Nations independent experts warned that the new legislative amendments recently adopted by the National Assembly of Belarus may severely and arbitrarily restrict the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression, and breach international law.
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