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Belarusian Prosecutor Seeks Suspended Sentences In Regnum Trial

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Mon, 2018-01-22 17:18
The prosecutor in the trial of three Belarusian journalists charged with illegal entrepreneurship and inciting ethnic hatred has asked a court in Minsk to hand suspended sentences to the defendants, which would spare them from prison.
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Council of Europe: 'Death is no justice'

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - 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.

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Denying registration to opposition candidates aims at securing desired turnout

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - 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.

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Kazakhstan Defends Offer To Host Ukraine Peace Talks

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Mon, 2018-01-22 11:12
Kazakhstan has responded to Belarusian criticism of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev's offer to move the venue of peace talks on Ukraine from Minsk to Astana.
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Court sends two to death after retrial

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - 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.

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Belarusian Foreign Minister Mocks Kazakh President's Offer To Host Ukraine Talks

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Fre, 2018-01-19 13:45
The foreign minister of Belarus has mocked and criticized Kazakhstan's suggestion that Astana should host peace talks on Ukraine that were previously held in Minsk.
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Situation with Freedom of Speech in Belarus Reported as Highly Critical in 2017

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - 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.

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

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - 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.

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Human Rights Situation in Belarus: 2017. Analytical Review

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - 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.

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Belarusian Activist's Son, Nude Protesters Convicted For Auschwitz 'Desecration'

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Mit, 2018-01-17 14:14
A Polish court has convicted the son of a prominent Belarusian human rights activist and 11 other people on charges of desecrating the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp memorial by staging a nude performance art protest that involved slaughtering a lamb at the camp’s infamous main gate.
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Amnesty International: 2 men in Belarus at risk of imminent execution

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - 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.

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

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - 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.

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Chechnya: immediately release human rights defender Oyub Titiev

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - 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.

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Hair-Raising: Minsk Barbershop Elicits Buzz, Rancor With Name Evoking Soviet-Era Secret Police

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Die, 2018-01-09 17:40
Checkered past of chekist puts Minsk barbershop on activists' map.
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Report on monitoring the formation of precinct election commissions

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - 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.

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Transgender Woman Says Jail Awaits In Uzbekistan, Seeks Asylum In Belarus

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Son, 2018-01-07 19:31
Persecuted at home, a transgender woman from Uzbekistan is seeking asylum in Belarus -- a country that is not exactly known as a haven of tolerance when it comes to sexual orientation.
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Putin Hails 'Eternal Christian Values' Amid Orthodox Christmas Celebrations

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Son, 2018-01-07 00:58
Russian President Vladimir Putin helped usher in the Orthodox Christmas at services at the Church of Saints Simeon and Anna in St. Petersburg.
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Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2017

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Fre, 2018-01-05 13:00

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

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Trial Of Russian News Agency Contributors Resumes In Belarus

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Mit, 2018-01-03 11:18
The trial of three Belarusian journalists charged with illegal entrepreneurship and inciting ethnic hatred has resumed in Minsk after a two-week break.
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2017 In A Word: From Russia, Ukraine, And Belarus

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Fre, 2017-12-29 18:54
How would you sum up 2017 in one word or phrase? Correspondents for Current Time, the Russian-language network run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA, asked people in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.
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