News for December 2013
28.12.2013 Petition by human rights defender makes Brest city executive committee amend restrictions on street events
On December 10, human rights defender Uladzimir Vialichkin addressed Brest city executive committee with a request to eliminate the contradictions contained in the legal acts regulating the procedure for the organization of public events. The petition was caused by the circumstances of preparing a picket dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
28.12.2013 Salihorsk: Ban on Human Rights Day picket appealed to court
Uladzimir Shyla filed a complaint to the district court of Salihorsk against a ban on a rally that was to be held on Human Rights Day.
28.12.2013 No representatives of democratic forces in election commissions of Polatsk, Navapolatsk and Orsha
Democratic activists were not included in the district election commissions, which were, according to local authorities, formed with "the most energetic and capable members". Meanwhile, Orsha representatives of the UCP (Henadz Ananyeu) and the Left Party "Fair World" (Vasil Kabacheusku) were not included in the district election commission. It were just these party members who were tossed out of 16 nominees.
28.12.2013 Rechytsa district election commission headed by “representatives of the public”
When creating territorial election commissions, the authorities strictly adhere to the quota – a third of the commission members should represent the public. However, it's true only on paper. In reality, that all of that "public representatives" hold senior positions at the local level.
28.12.2013 Representative of Fair World party included in Vitsebsk regional election commission
13 of 17 applicants were included in the regional election commission. The nominees represented political parties and public associations (10 persons), as well as citizens by submitting applications (6 persons), and labor collectives (1 person).
28.12.2013 Biaroza district election commission created in less than 6 minutes
As human rights defenders learned from chief of the personnel department, Vitay Mshara, the executive committee received documents from 18 persons, 13 of them were eventually elected commission members. According to chairman of the district executive committee Yury Narkevich, these are people with experience.
28.12.2013 Brest: None of opposition nominees gets into city election commission
Brest city territorial election commission for the elections of deputies of the Brest City Council was formed yesterday.
27.12.2013 Mahiliou region: No opposition activists in territorial election commissions
Meanwhile, Mahiliou pro-democratic activists nominated two people to the regional election commission, and one person to the city election commission.
27.12.2013 Representatives of opposition parties not included in Homel regional election commission
A joint meeting of Homel regional executive committee and the Regional Council of Deputies on the formation of the regional election commission was held today. The meeting was attended by a BHC member Viktar Adzinochanka. According to him, the meeting lasted 15 minutes and 48 seconds.
27.12.2013 Platforma Innovation: There are fewer prisoners in Belarus, but their treatment fails to improve
In their annual monitoring released today, activists of the Platforma Innovation human rights NGO note that there number of inmates held in Belarusian jails has decreased, while their treatment has only improved in a number of places, Radio Liberty reports.
27.12.2013 National Bolshevik activist arrested ahead of “Stop-Tax” rally
Dzmitry Paliyenka, activist of the National Bolshevik Party, was detained on December 26 in Minsk. The detention took place at around 4 p.m. at the entrance to the MAZ plant, where he works. The activist was taken to the police department of Zavodski district and charged under Article 17.1 of the Administrative Code for “disorderly conduct.”
27.12.2013 Hrodna region: No representatives of opposition on territorial commissions
The formation of Hrodna city and regional election commissions was held on December 27 without any surprises and sensations, local human rights defenders Raman Yurhel and Viktar Sazonau say.
27.12.2013 Baranavichy city election commission created in 4 minutes
Baranavichy city election commission consists of 13 members: two party members and five persons from non-governmental organizations, three representatives from labor collectives and three nominees by collecting signatures. Its composition was approved today, on December 27, at a joint meeting of the city executive committee and the Presidium of Baranavichy City Council.
27.12.2013 Zhodzina: no changes in formation of town election commission
A general meeting of the Presidium of Zhodzina City Council of Deputies and Zhodzina executive Committee was held on December 26 to form the district election commission and approve the candidates for the town election commission for the upcoming local councils elections.
27.12.2013 Monitoring report on the results of observation of the action “Stop the Tax” held on 20 December 2013 in Minsk
On 20 December 2013, an action against imposition of a tax on the car owners was held in Minsk. The call for this action was carried out through social networks. The organizers didn’t ask for the permission to hold this action. There have been cases of threats from the State Automobile Inspection (DAI) – it warned about imposing fines and evacuation of the vehicles of supposed participants of the action.