News for 1 Dec 2009
01.12.2009 Amnesty International calls on Belarusian President to free youth activists
The Amnesty International human rights organization has issued a statement calling President Lukashenka 'to immediately and unconditionally release Artsyom Dubski, to lift the restrictions on Tatyana Tishkevich, Alyaksei Bondar, Mikhail Kryvau, Maxim Dashuk and Ales Charnyshou and to allow the three who have fled to return to Belarus without risk of further charges being brought against them.'
01.12.2009 Belarusian Society of Disabled People notes lack of government assistance
The Belarusian Society of Disabled People has not received government assistance for the implementation of social programs since 2001 and the authorities stopped funding the organization’s construction projects in 2002, Uladzimir Patapenka, chairman of the Society, told reporters in Minsk on Monday.
01.12.2009 ODIHR has not received Electoral Code amendments for review, spokesman says
The Belarusian authorities have not presented draft amendments to the Electoral Code to the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) for review despite an appropriate agreement reached this past February, Jens Eschenbaecher, spokesman for the institution, told BelaPAN.