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Archive for March 11th, 2011

Resolution On Belarus Calls For Release Of Political Prisoners

Posted by Info on 11/03/2011

MEPs call on the competent EU institutions and partner countries to consider the extension of restrictive measures to prosecutors, judges and KGB representatives associated with the abuse of human rights unless repression is brought to an end.

The resolution highlights the cases of Ales Mikhalevich, a former presidential candidate imprisoned after post-election protests and released only after signing a commitment to collaborate with the KGB.

MEPs condemn the disrespect for the fundamental rights of freedom of assembly and of expression by Belarusian authorities and call for the unconditional release of political prisoners.
They also strongly condemn the use of torture against political prisoners and describe this behaviour as inhuman treatment.
Furthermore, MEPs emphasise that ”without immediate steps towards democratisation and upholding human rights by the government of Belarus the process of engagement between the EU and Belarus will be put on hold” including Belarus’ participation in the Eastern Partnership.

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Russia: Duma Rushes to Ease Rules for Foreigners

Posted by Info on 11/03/2011

Foreigners coming to Russia for short visits might soon no longer be required to register with authorities.

Legislation currently being debated in the State Duma says they only have to register when they stay longer than seven working days. The amendment would also abolish a new rule under which foreigners must register under their home address.

That rule, which came into force Feb. 15, led to complaints from foreign businesses because it would oblige private landlords to register foreign tenants every time they return from trips abroad.Under the proposed legislative change, rules would revert to the previous status quo, where foreigners are registered under their employers’ addresses.

Duma deputies passed the amendment in a first reading on Feb. 25, and it could become law within weeks.

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