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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Belarus: OSCE To Attend Trials Of Post-Election Protesters

Posted by Info on 08/03/2011

The Belarusian authorities have invited OSCE experts to attend the trials of people charged with a criminal offense over the December 19 post-election street protest in Minsk.
“Belarus demonstrates its openness to OSCE partners. We want the participation of external experts to confirm that all trials are held in full compliance with Belarus’ national laws..,

More than 40 people have been charged in a so-called mass riot case opened by the authorities in connection with the demonstration. The first trial in the case was held on February 17, with a district judge in Minsk sentencing a young opposition activist, Vasil Parfyankow, to four years in prison on a charge of participation in a mass riot. Three more protesters received prison sentences ranging from three to four years in a trial earlier this month.

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