News for 16 Sep 2010

Socio-political situation in Belarus ahead of presidential election

16.09.2010 Socio-political situation in Belarus ahead of presidential election

The socio-political situation in Belarus ahead of presidential election remains extremely complicated. The authorities failed to provide the Belarusian citizens with an appropriate amount of civil rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

16.09.2010 Human rights activists issue statement on start of observation campaign

The House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus has scheduled the presidential election for 19 December 2010. Under Article 81 of the Belarusian Constitution, ‘the President shall be elected directly by the people of the Republic of Belarus for a term of office of five years by universal, free, equal, direct and secret ballot.’

HR activist Raman Kisliak urges Foreign Ministry to foster abolition of death penalty

16.09.2010 HR activist Raman Kisliak urges Foreign Ministry to foster abolition of death penalty

Human rights defender Raman Kisliak addressed the Belarusian Foreign Ministry with a demand to bring the criminal legislation in accordance with the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, thus rehabilitating the rights of persons, whose relatives have been executed, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

Authorities plotting legal basis for political repressions against civil activists, says Assembly of Belarusian Pro-Dem NGOs

16.09.2010 Authorities plotting legal basis for political repressions against civil activists, says Assembly of Belarusian Pro-Dem NGOs

On 15 September, the Assembly of Belarusian Pro-Democratic NGOs issued a special statement, predicting a new wave of political repressions against the country’s civil society ahead of the forthcoming presidential election.

16.09.2010 Belarus invites international observers to elections

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Siarhej Martynau has signed an official letter directed to CIS and OSCE with an invitation to send observers for participation in the presidential elections, informed the Press-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andrej Savinykh.

Kyrgyzstan: Human rights defender Azimzhan Askarov is sentenced to life imprisonment

16.09.2010 Kyrgyzstan: Human rights defender Azimzhan Askarov is sentenced to life imprisonment

On September 15 the court in the Masy village, the Nooken district of the Jalal-Abad Oblast of Kyrgyzstan, sentenced the prominent human rights advocate Azimzhan Askarov to life imprisonment with confiscation of property.

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