Veronika Cherkasova

January 12, 1959 - October 20, 2004

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) launch a special appeal to the authorities to re-open the investigation into the murder of investigative journalist Vieranika Charkasava.
"The IFJ believes that the continued failure to prosecute Charkasava’s killers is a stain on the image of Belarus and the readiness of the Belarus government to defend basic human rights. By finding Charkasava’s killers and bringing them to trial, Belarus can demonstrate to its citizens and the international community that it supports press freedom and is prepared to defend the lives of journalists." [IFJ appeal : “Tell the Belarusian authorities to reopen the Charkasava case”]
[Join the Campaign to End Impunity for Vieronika’s Muderers. Download and send an appeal to reopen her case and bring her killers to justice.]

World Association of Newspapers has called on the government of Belarus to end the harassment of journalists and the repression of press freedom. 2006-06-08
"The past year has been marked by severe repression of press freedom in Belarus, which culminated at the time of the presidential elections in March 2006 when over 30 journalists where arrested. Even though all of them have today been released, the effects of the onslaught continue to mark the media scene in Belarus." [read full text...]

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Anton Filimonov - Concern for ill-health of minor in detention 2004-03-07
Amnesty International is concerned for the welfare of Anton Filimonov, aged 16, currently being held in a prison in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. Anton Filimonov has heart and kidney problems, and Amnesty International is concerned that further detention in the absence of appropriate medical treatment will seriously affect his health. The organization is also concerned that his arrest may be a pretext and that the real reason for his detention is to pressurize him into confessing to the murder of his mother or to force him to incriminate other relatives, and that he may be being subjected to psychological pressure and ill-treatment while in detention. [text of the appeal...]

Anton Filimonov (Veronika Cherkasova's son) has spent a month in the confinement cell. During this period there has not been a single investigation of his case (money forgery). The public appeal was made by Diana Cherkasova and Vladimir Meleshko - Anton's grand-parents. They draw attention to the fact that the youth is the only one of all the suspects that is still detained. During this time he lost 7 kilos (15 pounds) that can lead to "irreversible consequences and even to disability" because he has heart and kidney problems. Moreover, Anton's relatives say that the police admitted that some people who were not connected with his case were allowed to visit Anton in the confinement cell. [text of the appeal...]

World Association of Newspapers expresses concern at the way the investigation into the murder of journalist Veronika Cherkasova is conducted 2005-02-07
Letter to the President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko, Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Secretary-General of the United Nations and Director-General of UNESCO [text of the letter...]

World Association of Newspapers expresses outrage at the murder of journalist Veronika Cherkasova 2004-10-27
Letter to the President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko [text of the letter...]

Belarus ACTIONS - Defending Human Rights in Belarus [A Campaign of Solidarity by Amnesty International...]


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