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Death penalty in Belarus

On 30th November the Belarusian court will pronounce the death penalty to two Belarussians, Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavalyou. On April 11th, an explosion tore through a Minsk subway, 14 people were killed and over 200 were injured. This terrible event was followed by, what many believe, an unfair and sensational trial without hard evidence… » read more

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To block or not to block?

European Parliament and the Council agreed on a new directive to combat sexual abuse and exploitation of children and child pornography. After a long debate a compromise concerning measures against child pornography on the Internet has been reached. While the EU institutions reached an agreement, the Council of Europe seems to have taken a different… » read more

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Until now, the EU Asylum Qualification Directive 2004/83/EC of 29 April 2004[1] foresaw in art. 10 par. 1 (d) that “gender related aspects might be considered” by national asylum authorities when examining the potential persecution of specific social groups in their country of origin. Therefore, discretion was given to the authorities assessing the asylum claim,… » read more

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On 18 October 2011 Verhovna Rada of Ukraine (the Ukrainian Parliament) adopted in the first hearing a law amending the “Law on the Protection of Public Morality” (project No. 7132). The goal of the amendments is the “protection of public morality and the regulation of the distribution, production of audiovisual materials which may have a… » read more

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The Viasna Human Rights Center announced that the trial of Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski is due to start at 10 a.m. on 2 November at Minsk Maskouski District Court. It is expected that the trial will be presided by Judge Siarhei Bandarenka of Pershamaiski District Court. On this day the eyes of Europe should undoubtedly… » read more

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Today (11 October 2011) Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Ukrainian Prime Minister, was convicted to 7 years of imprisonment by the District Court in Kiev. The court ordered the Prime Minister to pay 1,5 billion hrywn (approx. 140.000.000 EUR) of compensation to the company Naftohaz. The conviction concerns the alleged abuse of power during negotiations in… » read more

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Is there a need to amend the Regulation establishing The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in order to extend the Agency’s mandate to the areas of judicial cooperation in criminal matters and police cooperation? According to the Commission no such need exists. However, in the European Parliament voices have been raised that in order to… » read more

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On 29 September 2011, in scope of the Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union, Warsaw will host the Eastern Partnership Summit. It will be the first meeting of the heads of States and Governments since the inauguration of the new EU initiative towards Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in 2009.… » read more

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First, do no harm

Recently human rights defenders in Poland have been shocked by the information that Polish Prosecutor General’s Office has provided Belarusian authorities with details of the Polish bank accounts held in the name of Ales Belyatsky. Information about these actions of Polish prosecutors has been received by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR) from Mr… » read more

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