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REP leader Fiadynich: There is flagrant and blatant interference in trade union’s internal affairs

Die, 2018-01-23 14:09

The Trade Union of Radio and Electronic Industry (REP) has issued a statement to condemn numerous interrogations of its activists recently conducted by the Investigative Committee.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Council of Europe: 'Death is no justice'

Mon, 2018-01-22 14:49

"Two new death verdicts handed on 20 January by the Minsk City Court are a very disturbing development. We reiterate our call on the Belarusian authorities to introduce a moratorium on capital punishment as the first step to its abolition," Spokesperson of the Council of Europe's Secretary General said today.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Denying registration to opposition candidates aims at securing desired turnout

Mon, 2018-01-22 14:31

Preventing a large number of candidates from the opposition to run in the local elections is the most glaring peculiarity of the phase of registration of candidates, which ended on January 18. Cases of denying registration on formal grounds have been reported by both independent observers and representatives of political parties from different regions of the country. Analysts believe the move by local authorities is a logical continuation of measures to ensure the desired voter turnout.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Court sends two to death after retrial

Mon, 2018-01-22 09:15

The Minsk City Court has sentenced two persons to death after a retrial on January 20. Viachaslau Sukharko and Aliaksandr Zhylnikau were found guilty of murdering three people in December 2015. One more defendant in the case, Alina Shulhanava, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Situation with Freedom of Speech in Belarus Reported as Highly Critical in 2017

Don, 2018-01-18 13:08

There were registered more conflicts between the Belarusian official authorities and journalists in 2017 than during the preceding three years taken together. The statistics were presented by the BAJ representatives during a press-conference in Minsk on January 16, 2018.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Belarus remains among "not free" countries in Freedom House’s report

Don, 2018-01-18 13:03

Freedom House, a Washington-based international non-governmental organization, has ranked Belarus "not free" in its Freedom in the World Survey 2018.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: 2017. Analytical Review

Mit, 2018-01-17 14:28

The year was marked by a significant deterioration in the overall situation of human rights in the country as compared to the previous period of so-called ‘soft practices’, which began in August 2015 and ended with the start of mass protests in February 2017; the latter were in many ways provoked by the use of Presidential Decree number 3.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Amnesty International: 2 men in Belarus at risk of imminent execution

Mon, 2018-01-15 08:42

The death sentences of Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy were upheld by the Supreme Court of Belarus on 20 December 2017. The two men were convicted and sentenced to death by the Mahiliou Regional Court, in eastern Belarus, on 21 July 2017. In the likely event that their appeal for clemency is rejected by the President, both men will be at risk of imminent execution.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Verdict in Andrei Bialiauski’s case: 1 year of home detention

Fre, 2018-01-12 09:43

The court of Leninski district of Minsk has sentenced Andrei Bialiauski, former defendant in the ‘White Legion case’, to 1 year of conditional restraint of liberty (home detention) on charges of possessing an AK-47 cartridge.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Chechnya: immediately release human rights defender Oyub Titiev

Don, 2018-01-11 14:26

(10 January 2018) We, members of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP), are deeply concerned at reports of the arrest of Oyub Titiev, head of Human Rights Center Memorial’s Grozny office in Chechnya on highly dubious narcotics charges. We call for his immediate and unconditional release and dropping of all charges.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Report on monitoring the formation of precinct election commissions

Mon, 2018-01-08 14:28

The precinct election commissions are the key actor of the election process. It is the PECs that directly organize and conduct early voting, voting on Election Day, and home voting, counting of the votes and tabulation at the polling stations.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2017

Fre, 2018-01-05 13:00

December was not marked by any significant systemic changes in the field of human rights.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

EU statement on two upheld death sentences in Belarus

Fre, 2017-12-29 15:35

Statement by the Spokesperson on two upheld death sentences in Belarus

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Report on the results of monitoring the registration of nomination groups

Son, 2017-12-24 16:11

According to the CEC, 17,542 nomination groups were registered, which is 99.9% of the total number of nominations. In the previous elections to the local councils of 2014, the registration percentage was 99.7%.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Supreme Court confirms death verdicts for 2 men

Mit, 2017-12-20 14:44

The Criminal Division of the Supreme Court of Belarus has upheld the death sentences earlier handed down to Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoi, two of the four people involved in the so-called ‘black realtors’ case’.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Practice of holding peaceful assemblies in Belarus cannot be a good example, Viasna and BHC say

Die, 2017-12-19 13:36

The experts of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee have prepared an overview of the situation with freedom of assembly in Belarus in 2016-2017. The analytical document is part of a regional project run by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL). Earlier, the initiative presented the results of monitoring of freedom of peaceful assembly in the five Balkan countries. Now a similar review of Belarus is available online.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Restricting civil society participation in OSCE a tremendous setback for Helsinki process, says CSP

Mit, 2017-12-13 09:45

“Restricting civil society participation in the work of the OSCE would be a tremendous setback for the Helsinki process and a betrayal of the spirit and founding values of this unique peace advancement initiative,” says an appeal by the Civic Solidarity Platform, a network of more than 90 human rights NGOs from throughout the OSCE region.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Ex-defendant in ‘White Legion case’ charged with weapon possession

Die, 2017-12-12 14:40

Andrei Bialiauski, who earlier faced charges in so-called ‘White Legion case’, has been formally accused of storing a cartridge (Part 2 of Art. 295 of the Criminal Code — Illegal manufacturing, purchase, transfer, possession, sale, storage, transportation, or carrying of firearms, ammunition, explosives, etc.). Bialiauski told this on December 12, shortly after another interrogation at the Investigative Committee.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Opposition leader Mikalai Statkevich briefly detained at border checkpoint

Die, 2017-12-12 10:21

Belarusian border officers have detained Mikalai Statkevich, leader of the opposition National Congress, as he was leaving the country together with his wife Maryna Adamovich this morning.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination publishes findings on Belarus

Mon, 2017-12-11 13:43

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session from 20 November to 8 December. These include Belarus, which last reported to the Committee in 2013.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild