Assistant of the Chairman of the International Observation Mission has been detained

Assistant of the Chairman of the International Observation Mission of the Committee on International Control over the human rights situation in Belarus has been detained during the monitoring of the observance of the freedom of assembly during the action carried out by citizens of Belarus in solidarity of detainees of the KGB Detention Facility.

At 23,55 it was reported from Minsk that Michail Kameniev washeld in police station for more than one hour, he together with more than 20 detainees was searched and his name was taken into consideration by officers, but later on he was released with no harm.

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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.

Exclusive: European Union moves to suspend sanctions on Belarus

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.