News for 28 Dec 2013

Petition by human rights defender makes Brest city executive committee amend restrictions on street events

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.

Salihorsk: Ban on Human Rights Day picket appealed to court

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.

No representatives of democratic forces in election commissions of Polatsk, Navapolatsk and Orsha

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.

Rechytsa district election commission headed by “representatives of the public”

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.

Representative of Fair World party included in Vitsebsk regional election commission

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).

Biaroza district election commission created in less than 6 minutes

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.

Brest: None of opposition nominees gets into city election commission

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.

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