Belarus - Alerts
Vital Ruhayn was arrested after posting a video online showing a lack of security on the Minsk subway, which was the target of a deadly bombing in April 2011.
Anton Surapin is under investigation because he uploaded pictures of teddy-bears holding signs that read "We support the Belarusian struggle for free speech."
However, the rights body stopped short of recommending the Syria situation be referred to the International Criminal Court, Human Rights Watch noted.
The journalists have each investigated politically sensitive topics and suspect the threats and imprisonment are in retaliation for their reporting.
Police searched Poczobut's apartment and took the journalist to the prosecutor's office where he was interrogated and arrested, according to a colleague.
Oleg Volchek was sentenced to nine days in detention at the close of a hearing marked by numerous violations of due process.
Bondarenko, along with opposition politician Andrei Sannikov, was freed earlier this week, more than a year ahead of his scheduled release date.
Dzmitry Bandarenka was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for taking part in a peaceful gathering on 19 December 2010; he is being held in Penal Colony No. 15 in the city of Mohylev.
Ales Byalyatski was sentenced on charges of tax evasion, which are widely believed to be politically motivated charges aimed to stop him from continuing his human rights work.
Aleksandr Borozenko was sentenced to 11 days in jail for having reported on a one-person vigil for the Poland-based satellite broadcaster Belsat.
The new law affirms that anyone going online in an Internet cafe or using a shared connection will have to identify themselves, while a record of everyone’s browsing history will be kept for one year.
Anonymous individuals logged on to Chapter 97's administrative section, deleted archives, and created a false news story about opposition presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov.
The delegation had planned to visit members of PEN Belarus, the Belarusian Writers Union, the Belarusian Association of Journalists and local writers and publishers.
The organisation views the sentencing of Ales Bialiatski to four and half years in prison on tax evasion charges as a move to silence someone who helped victims of abuse.
The investigation against Ales Belyatsky, allegedly for tax evasion, is a thinly veiled tactic to imprison a prominent human rights defender and should be discontinued, Human Rights Watch said.
These arrests are part of a disturbing pattern of censorship of protests, CPJ says.
Convicted of libeling President Lukashenko, Andrzej Poczobut plans on appealing the decision arguing that he simply published his opinion on the president's policies.
Police briefly detained and beat more than a dozen reporters, and broke their equipment, at protest rallies in Minsk and Brest.
Police in Minsk detained Rodion Marinichev after he interviewed Irina Khalip, a prominent Belarusian journalist who had been handed a suspended two year prison term then was deported from Belarus.
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The Zavodskoi District Court in Minsk declared the correspondent guilty of "organizing and preparing activities severely disruptive of public order", according to press reports.