News for 9 Jan 2009

09.01.2009 Review-chronicle of Human Rights Violations in Belarus in October-November 2008

At the end of September the elections to the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus were over. In October the candidates continued appealing against the official results. The Central Election Commission received 35 complaints. At its sitting on 13 October the CEC rejected the complaints of 27 candidates. On 24 October five more complaints were turned down as well. Mikalai Lazavik, secretary of the Central Election Commission, stated that the plaintiffs had no more instances to complain to: ‘according to the election laws in such issues the decision of the Central Election Commission is final and is without appeal’.

09.01.2009 Salihorsk: individual entrepreneurs refuse to pay rent

The administration of the two markets of Salihorsk is in panic. The overwhelming majority of entrepreneurs refuse to sign agreements with new rent costs. Instead they send to state organs collective complaints and present to the markets’ administration collective complaints.

09.01.2009 Lukashenka signs law on office of European Commission in Belarus

Alexander Lukashenka signed the law on representation of the European Commission in Belarus. The law was adopted by the parliament in December 2008.

09.01.2009 6 000 signatures for referendum in Mahiliou

Leninski district court of Mahiliou accepted for consideration the lawsuit of Ihar Kavalenka, dweller of Salominka suburb, against Mahiliou city executive committee. The executive committee refused to register the initiative group on holding of local referendum, which became the reason for the lawsuit. The trial was appointed on 16 January.

09.01.2009 Journalist of ‘Narodnaya Volia’ still gets no accreditation

Narodnaya Volia newspaper editorial office is going to file a court claim against the Chamber of Representatives of Belarus that refused to issue a journalist accreditation to Maryna Koktysh, a correspondent of the newspaper.

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