News for 27 Dec 2013

Mahiliou region: No opposition activists in territorial election commissions

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.

Representatives of opposition parties not included in Homel regional 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.

National Bolshevik activist arrested ahead of “Stop-Tax” rally

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.”

Hrodna region: No representatives of opposition on territorial commissions

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.

Baranavichy city election commission created in 4 minutes

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.

Zhodzina: no changes in formation of town election commission

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.

Monitoring report on the results of observation of the action “Stop the Tax” held on 20 December 2013 in Minsk

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.

Salihorsk: Formation of territorial election commission still a secret

27.12.2013 Salihorsk: Formation of territorial election commission still a secret

BHC Salihorsk activist Leanid Markhotka managed to attend a meeting for the formation of the district election commission, however, the principle of its formation and the names of the elected members of the commission remained a mystery to the public.

UCP Mahiliou activist sentenced to 3 days of arrest

27.12.2013 UCP Mahiliou activist sentenced to 3 days of arrest

On December 26, Anton Kastsou visited the police department of Mahiliou’s Kastrychnitski district to inquire about the laptop seized at his apartment during a search, but he was taken to court, instead.

Human rights defender not allowed to attend formation of district election commission in Mazyr

27.12.2013 Human rights defender not allowed to attend formation of district election commission in Mazyr

On December 26, joint meeting of the district executive committee and the District Council was held in Mazyr to form the district election commission. Ahead of the meeting, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee submitted an application to the executive committee with a request to allow its local representative Uladzimir Tseliapun to attend the meeting.

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