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UN Human Rights Council Resolution 17/24 “Situation of human rights in Belarus”, 17th session, Geneva, 17 June 2011

Human Rights Council
Seventeenth session
Agenda item 4
Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention

Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council
 17/24 Situation of human rights in Belarus
  The Human Rights Council,
Guided  by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights and other applicable human rights instruments,
Bearing  in mind paragraph 3 of General Assembly resolution 60/251 of 15 March 2006, 
Reaffirming  that all States have an obligation to promote and protect human rights and undamental freedoms and to fulfil their international obligations,  

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News of Belarus

Tough sentences announced to Brest antifascists

A verdict was delivered today in the case of Brest antifascists acused of participation in a group fight with neonazis which happened on May 8, 2013.

Antifascists were tried under the art. 339.3 (malicious group hooliganism) and 147.2 (malicious bodily harm). The case was qualified as malicious due to the fact of pepper spray usage in the fight.

Dzmitry Stsyashenka got 5 years of penal colony with reinforced regime (339.3) and 500 euro of damages to be paid to the injured nazis.

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The European Union is likely to lift some sanctions on Belarus, including its travel ban on President Alexander Lukashenko, after he freed a group of political prisoners last month, diplomatic sources say.

An arms embargo against the former Soviet republic would remain. But in an overture to the man the West calls Europe's "last dictator", diplomats are looking at suspending visa bans and asset freezes on most of around 200 people under sanctions for rights abuses, some since disputed elections in 2004.