News for 27 Jan 2010

Political soldier Zmitser Khvedaruk threatened by penal battalion

27.01.2010 Political soldier Zmitser Khvedaruk threatened by penal battalion

After the commanding officers of the military unit were changed, unprecedented pressure on the young atavist is exerted.

Zmitser Khvedaruk, a Young Front activist forcibly drafted to the army, is threatened physical reprisal or sending him to a disciplinary battalion, Radio Racyja informs.

27.01.2010 Constitutional Court “legitimates” wiretapping without authorization

Statements by Pyotr Miklashevich, the Chairman of the Constitutional Court, at the yesterday’s press conference came as a shock.

At a press conference on January 26 Chairman of the Constitutional Court Pyotr Miklashevich told whether Customs Union agreements are in line with the Constitution; how death penalty can be abolished; and why the court does not check the legality of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s decrees, Euroradio reports.

27.01.2010 Lawyers issue guidelines on appealing violations of election rights

Lawyers of a number of Belarusian NGOs compiled guidelines on the procedure of appealing against violations of the voter’s rights. The edition is available at http://spring96.org/files/book/Izbiratelnyje_prava_grazhdan.pdf and features analysis of the current electoral legislation, procedures of submitting complaints against violations of electoral rights and numerous examples.

27.01.2010 Homel democrats launch civil observation campaign

Homel Coalition of Pro-democratic Forces is going to carry out a campaign of monitoring and observation during the local council election. Over 300 activists are said to be involved in the campaign.

27.01.2010 Orsha town mayor urges to support ‘worthy’ candidates

Heads of enterprises of all forms of property should do their best ‘to support the worthy candidates’, said Mikalai Lisouski, Chairman of Orsha Town Executive Committee, speaking at the latest town council session. Local observers are expecting a list of ‘worthy candidates’ to appear in the near future.

Freedom for Ivan Mikhailau – Stop persecution of conscientious objectors in Belarus

27.01.2010 Freedom for Ivan Mikhailau – Stop persecution of conscientious objectors in Belarus

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