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Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka
More than 60 members of the Parliamentary Assembly from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe from 21 countries have co-sponsored a resolution to pull the 2014 International Ice Hockey World Championships out of Belarus.

The resolution urges Belarus to stop harassing human rights activists; suspend house arrests; and allow an international investigation into allegations of torture in prisons.

Parliamentarians from across 56 countries, including Belarus, will vote on the measure at the annual session of the OSCE's Parliamentary Assembly on July 5-9 in Monaco.

In March, the European Parliament approved a resolution calling on the International Ice Hockey Federation to consider taking away from Belarus the right to host the 2014 world championship because of human right abuses.

Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has denounced what he called the "pressure" being applied over the tournament.
Murdered Ukrainian journalist Heorhiy Gongadze
The widow of murdered Ukrainian journalist Heorhiy Gongadze plans to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights after a top Ukrainian court threw out the investigation of former President Leonid Kuchma's involvement in the journalist's murder more than a decade ago.

Valentyna Telychenko, a lawyer representing Gongadze's widow, said Myroslava Gongadze would take the case to the Strasbourg-based European rights court.

Ukraine's Higher Special Court on June 26 upheld a lower court decision to drop charges against Kuchma.

Heorhiy Gongadze, an investigative journalist, disappeared in September 2000. His headless body was found two months later.

Kuchma, who was president from 1994 to 2005, was charged with exceeding his authority in issuing orders to his subordinates that ultimately led to Gongadze's killing.

Kuchma denies any involvement in the murder.

Based on reporting by Interfax and RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service

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