85 (19 % of the total amount of nominations submitted) initiative groups have been denied registration in the current election campaign, which is considerably more than in the previous elections of 2008 (5 %) and 2004 (11 %), says Lidziya Yarmoshyna, chair of the Central Election Commission, at a meeting with Sergey Lebedev, head of the CIS’s observation mission.
News for 25 Jul 2012
The canvassing picket by the initiative group of potential candidate for Parliament, chairman of Zhlobin district executive committee Leanid Apanasiuk was staged next to a bus stop, which is prohibited by a decision of local authorities, Marat Afanasyeu, local leader of the United Civil Party of Belarus, reports.
25.07.2012 Victims interrogated instead of guilty ones
After complaints on the policemen, investigators interrogated not the guilty ones, but the victims.
Several young people who were forcibly detained in Minsk during a meeting with an expert on nuclear energy Georgy Lepin, complained to the prosecutor office on the illegal actions of police officers.
The scope of means used by those who are entrusted with the fate of prisoners includes plenty of methods that look legitimate and are aimed at making the conviction life-long. Such a disappointing conclusion has been voiced by human rights lawyer Pavel Sapelka following the analysis of the provisions of Article 411 of the Criminal Code – “Deliberate disobedience to the correctional institution administration that executes the sentence of imprisonment.”
25.07.2012 The Observatory: Travel ban imposed on “Viasna” Vice-President Valentin Stefanovich was a "mistake"
Paris-Geneva, July 25, 2012. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), welcomes the official lifting of the travel ban imposed by mistake on the Vice-President of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Viasna”, Mr. Valentin Stefanovich.
On 24 July the constituency election commissions of Homel region have finished the registration of initiative groups to nominate candidates for Parliament. According to official data, 47 applications were submitted to the election commissions of 17 constituencies.
Uladzimir Shyla, member of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and observer at Salihorsk constituency No. 69, has lodged an appeal with Minsk regional executive committee, saying that the restrictions on holding election events in Luban district are discriminative.