News for 5 Oct 2010

Activists campaigning for abolition of death penalty in Belarus detained on Lithuanian border

05.10.2010 Activists campaigning for abolition of death penalty in Belarus detained on Lithuanian border

On 5 October the activists of the campaign Human Rights Defenders against Death Penalty Palina Stsepanenka and Iryna Toustsik were detained at the border point Kamenny Loh. The Belarusian customs officer set them down from the bus Vilnius-Minsk by which they were returning home from Vilnius.

Minsk: teachers are forced to collect signatures for Lukashenka

05.10.2010 Minsk: teachers are forced to collect signatures for Lukashenka

The teachers and kindergarteners of the Kastrychnitski District of Minsk are forced to collect signatures in support of the candidacy of the present head of the state.

Orsha district: population decreases, unlike the number of electors

05.10.2010 Orsha district: population decreases, unlike the number of electors

The Orsha Regional Executive Committee formed the precincts for the election of President of the Republic of Belarus by its ruling #961 of 29 September 2010.

Biaroza authorities changed their mind

05.10.2010 Biaroza authorities changed their mind

On 1 October the Biaroza District Executive Committee adopted a ruling to change the list of the places banned for electoral picketing.

Maladechna authorities mislead organizers of electoral pickets

05.10.2010 Maladechna authorities mislead organizers of electoral pickets

On 25 September Maladzechanskaya Hazeta published ruling #733 of the Maladzechna District Executive Committee that determined the places banned for electoral picketing. According to the publication, the ban concerned the 50-meter zone of a large number of state institutions. There was also a special point, according to which picketing was also prohibited at the central square and the ground in front of the Culture Palace.

Biaroza: ‘vigilant’ elector calls police

05.10.2010 Biaroza: ‘vigilant’ elector calls police

Larysa Mazheika, a member of the electoral team of Uladzimir Niakliayeu, collected signatures in a Biaroza suburb, Paunochny Haradok, a place where many military pensioners dwell. One of the citizens was outraged by the proposal to put her signature in support of Niakliayeu’s candidacy. She insulted the collector of signatures, called the police and detained her till their arrival.

05.10.2010 Babruisk: member of Rymasheuski’s electoral team threatened with dismissal

the Chairperson of the Babruisk branch of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Taisiya Kabanchuk told about the pressurization of Sviatlana Chyliankova (a member of the electoral team of the BCD candidate for presidency, Vital Rymasheuski) by the administration of the Babruiskahramash plant where she works as a storekeeper.

Malaryta: human rights activists agitate against death penalty during Town Day and 'Dazhynki' festival

05.10.2010 Malaryta: human rights activists agitate against death penalty during Town Day and 'Dazhynki' festival

Human rights defenders held an action against the death penalty in Belarus during the Town Day and the Dazhynki festival in Malaryta.

Vitsebsk: human rights defender Pavel Levinau not included in election commissions even after two trials

05.10.2010 Vitsebsk: human rights defender Pavel Levinau not included in election commissions even after two trials

The Vitsebsk Regional Court and the Vitsebsk District Court didn’t grant the complaints of the citizens who had nominated Pavel Levinau to the Vitsebsk Regional Election Commission and the Vitsebsk District Election Commission Respectively.

Brest region: election commissions are governed by officers of executive committees

05.10.2010 Brest region: election commissions are governed by officers of executive committees

The governing positions in practically all district election commissions of the Brest region are occupied by representatives of the local executive authorities.

Kanstantsin Zhukouski released after 10-days arrest

05.10.2010 Kanstantsin Zhukouski released after 10-days arrest

Oct. 4 October the member of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Kanstantsin Zhukouski was released from the pre-trial prison of the Petrykau District Police Department.

Mikalai Dziadok charged with participation in anti-military action near General Staff

05.10.2010 Mikalai Dziadok charged with participation in anti-military action near General Staff

On 1 October the youth activist Mikalai Dziadok was charged with involvement in the action of protest against the Belarusian-Russian military training West 2009 that was held near the General Staff of the Ministry of Defense on 19 September 2009.

People are forced to sign for Lukashenka in different parts of Belarus

05.10.2010 People are forced to sign for Lukashenka in different parts of Belarus

The Deputy Head of the department of social development of the Navapolatsk enterprise Palimir Mikhail Kastsiuk collected signatures in support of Lukashenka’s candidacy during the working hours.

Zhlobin district court dismisses complaint against non-inclusion of UCP member in election commission

05.10.2010 Zhlobin district court dismisses complaint against non-inclusion of UCP member in election commission

The Zhlobin District Court (Homel region) a complaint against the non-inclusion of the representative of the United Civil Party Valiantsin Yauzrezau in the Zhlobin District Election Commission. The Deputy Chairperson of the Zhlobin District Executive Committee Uladzimir Kastsiaikou was summoned to the trial as a witness and told about the formation of the commission.

Mahiliou region: 20 out of 26 election commissions headed by officers of executive committees

05.10.2010 Mahiliou region: 20 out of 26 election commissions headed by officers of executive committees

This statement was made by the head of the ideological department of the Niasvizh District Executive Committee Aliaksandr Karniushkin in a conversation with the deputy editor of the Niasvizhski Chas Ihar Yeutukh.

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