News for 22 Sep 2010

MPs to consider abolition of death penalty on 23 September

22.09.2010 MPs to consider abolition of death penalty on 23 September

‘On 23 September, the working group on the death penalty of the National Assembly will take part in a round table discussion on the issue arranged by the Council of Europe,’ Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, quoting the press-service of the House of Representatives.

Viasna and BHC present election observation campaign in Brussels

22.09.2010 Viasna and BHC present election observation campaign in Brussels

Representatives of the two key human rights organizations of Belarus – Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee – presented the presidential election observation campaign during their three-day visit to Brussels.

Vitsebsk officials involved in overt postal censorship, says local pro-dem activist

22.09.2010 Vitsebsk officials involved in overt postal censorship, says local pro-dem activist

Vitsebsk pro-democratic activist Aliaksei Haurutsikau has lodged a complaint with Vitsebsk regional prosecutor’s office and the local office of the Belposhta state-run postal network, arguing that two registered letters containing application papers of Mikalai Statkevich’s and Uladzimir Niakliayeu’s initiative groups were opened and part of the documents were seized.

22.09.2010 Local authorities’ websites of Homel region hush up election

The official websites of a number of districts of Homel region, including Rahachou, Loyeu, Brahin, Buda-Kashaliova, Mazyr and Vetka, have not yet announced the start of the presidential election campaign.

Harry Pahaniayla demands not to register Lukashenka's initiative group

22.09.2010 Harry Pahaniayla demands not to register Lukashenka's initiative group

The lawyer hopes that this proposal to file a petition to the CEC would become an example to be followed by other Belarusian citizens.

The lawyer of the human rights organization “Belarusian Helsinki Committee” Harry Pahanyajla is preparing a petition to the Central Election Commission with a demand to deny registration to the initiative group for nomination Alyaksandr Lukashenka as a candidate for presidency.

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