Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Archive for January 10th, 2011

EU Diplomats Push For Sanctions Against Belarus Over Crackdow

Posted by Info on 10/01/2011

Germany, Poland, Sweden and the UK are saying: ‘Yes. We have tried hard to create a dialogue with Belarus. But now we have to react hard as well.

More than 600 people, including opposition leaders, were detained
in the Belarusian capital during a police crackdown on demonstrators after the December 19 presidential vote that the opposition said had been rigged.

The United States and the European Union have called on Belarusian authorities to immediately release opposition activists who were arrested during the protests.
The EU diplomats launched a procedure to reinstate a travel ban against the Belarusian leader and top government officials at a high-level meeting in Brussels.
Lukashenko, 56, who has ruled Belarus with an iron rod since 1994 and has been dubbed by the United States “Europe’s last dictator” for a clampdown on opposition and dissent, won 79.67% of the vote on December 19. International monitors said the election was “flawed.”

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UN Confirms Tortures By Belarusian Police

Posted by Info on 10/01/2011

The UN Human Rights Committee recorded infringement of civil rights of minor convicted dweller of Homel in the course of proceedings.
“The Committee admitted the following violations in relation to Dmitry: the prohibition on torture and cruel treatment; the presumption of innocence; the right of a minor to be kept apart from adults in a cell; the right to question witnesses who give evidence against him; and the right not to give evidence against himself.”

Hanna Kareba, mother of the convicted, filed an individual complaint to the Committee. Her 17-year-old son Dmitry was detained on September 17, 2001, on suspicion of murder. The judicial board for criminal cases of the Homel Region Court found Dmitry guilty of committing an especially cruel murder and repeated attempted theft and sentenced him to 12 years in prison.

Mother of the convicted wrote in the complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee that her son had been threatened, humiliated and beaten by police officers who wanted him to admit the murder. He succumbed to pressure and gave the confession, which he rejected later.
Her minor son had been kept in a cell with adults in the temporary detention facility for 11 days. He was interrogated without a lawyer, a legal representative or a social care teacher; during the trial, the young man wasn’t allowed to put questions to one of the main witnesses for prosecution, whose personality kept in secret from the trial participants.

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