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EU Criticizes Belarusian Death Sentences, Says Should Be Abolished

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Sam, 2017-07-22 02:26
The European Union on July 21 criticized the two latest death sentences handed down in Belarus, saying they "violate the right to life."
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Top UN Official In Belarus Warns Against Politicizing Human Rights

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Fre, 2017-07-21 19:36
The United Nations’ top official in Belarus warned against the danger of politicizing human rights issues in the country, and called for more international engagement with Belarusian society and average citizens.
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Lukashenka Gets Red-Carpet Welcome In Ukraine

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Fre, 2017-07-21 16:59
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko rolled out the red carpet for his visiting counterpart from Belarus, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, but some Ukrainians were critical, especially of the timing of the authoritarian leader's visit. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Lukashenka Gets Red-Carpet Welcome In Ukraine

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Fre, 2017-07-21 15:21
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko rolled out the red carpet for his visiting counterpart from Belarus, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, but some Ukrainians were critical, especially of the timing of the authoritarian leader's visit. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Two new death verdicts handed down in Mahilio?

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Fre, 2017-07-21 11:42

The Mahilio? Regional Court completed today the hearing of a headline-making case of ‘black estate agents’, sentencing two defendants, Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnou, to death and two more, Tatsiana Hershankova and Barys Kalesnikau, to lengthy prison terms.

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Ukrainians Mark Anniversary Of Journalist's Killing

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Don, 2017-07-20 17:36
Friends and activists remembered slain journalist Pavel Sheremet in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on the first anniversary of his assassination. Sheremet was killed in a car-bomb blast and supporters said they are frustrated the investigation into his death has failed to determine who ordered the attack. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Azerbaijan Sentences Russian-Israeli Blogger To Three Years In Prison

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Don, 2017-07-20 11:38
A court in Azerbaijan has sentenced Russian-Israeli blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to three years in jail, after convicting him on a charge of violating the country's territorial integrity.
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MEPs visit Belarus to hear conditions for addressing systemic human rights crisis

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Don, 2017-07-20 10:54

On July 19, a delegation of the European Parliament met in Minsk with representatives of the Belarusian civil society organizations, who provided their assessment of the current situation in the country and spoke about the obstacles and constraints they face in their work.

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Pavel Sheremet: The Life And Violent Death Of A Journalist

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Mit, 2017-07-19 16:02
Journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in Kyiv on July 20, 2016. One year on, Ukrainian authorities still have not identified any suspects. Sheremet was a well-known reporter who had worked at prominent media outlets in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine during his career. He was often threatened and harassed for his hard-hitting journalism that was often critical of political leaders. (Melani Bachina, Andrei Kostyanov RFE/RL's Russian service, Harut Mansuryan)
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Amnesty International: Aliaksei Mikhalenya at risk of imminent execution

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Die, 2017-07-18 15:22

On 30 June, the Supreme Court denied Aliaksei Mikhalenya’s appeal and upheld his death sentence. Aliaksei Mikhalenya was later transferred to the pre-trial detention centre (SIZO) #1 in Minsk where death row inmates are kept and death sentences are believed to be executed. He is at risk of imminent execution.

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Tell Turkey: free Amnesty’s ?dil Eser, Taner K?l?ç, and other rights defenders

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Die, 2017-07-18 15:14

Every day, these women and men risk their own safety to defend others. They speak out for people’s freedom, they challenge injustices and they fight for everyone in Turkey to be treated fairly.

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Depeche Mode Singer In Minsk Hospital, Concert Cancelled

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Die, 2017-07-18 13:41
Depeche Mode vocalist Dave Gahan spent a night in a Minsk hospital after the English band canceled a concert in the Belarusian capital due to his illness.
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Anar Mammadli: “While Belarusian government still wants to imitate democracy, in Azerbaijan it has already finished imitation”

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mon, 2017-07-17 13:41

Comparing the situation in Belarus and Azerbaijan, it can be noted that the authorities of both countries exchange experience of harassment of civil society activists. In particular, we periodically have to watch the waves of persecution of human rights defenders in the two ex-Soviet countries.

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Azerbaijani Prosecutor Seeks Lengthy Prison Term For Russian-Israeli Blogger

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Fre, 2017-07-14 15:15
An Azerbaijani prosecutor has asked a court in Baku to sentence Russian-Israeli blogger Aleksandr Lapshin, who is charged with calling for the violation of the country's territorial integrity, to 6 1/2 years in prison.
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Liu Xiaobo: A man who spoke truth to power

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Fre, 2017-07-14 14:36

While history will not judge Beijing kindly—after all, the only other Nobel Peace laureate who died in custody was Carl von Ossietzki in 1938 Nazi Germany—foreign governments also bear a share of responsibility.

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Another student expelled over opposition activity

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Don, 2017-07-13 15:02

Mikalai Lohvinau, activist of the Belarusian Popular Front’s youth wing, has been expelled from the Minsk State Polytechnic College, the Association of Belarusian Students said.

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Observatory calls on immediate release of Turkish human rights defenders

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Die, 2017-07-11 14:31

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest and detention of eight human rights defenders in Turkey.

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Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab sentenced to two years in prison

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Die, 2017-07-11 13:24

According to the information received, on July 10, 2017, Manama’s Lower Criminal Court handed down a two years’ prison sentence against Mr. Nabeel Rajab. Mr. Rajab, who is at the hospital since April 8, 2017 (see background information), was sentenced in absentia.

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Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2017

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mon, 2017-07-10 14:56

The closing of a series of criminal cases with clear political motives and the release of all the persons arrested on the eve of March 25, prompt cautious optimism, but do not testify to a change of the government’s policy in the field of protecting human rights as a whole and do not give grounds for claims of less repressive practices as an established trend.

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