News for 24 Feb 2014

“Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections”: Privacy of procedures causes distrust of CEC decisions on registration of candidates

24.02.2014 “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections”: Privacy of procedures causes distrust of CEC decisions on registration of candidates

Human rights defenders say there are no major developments in the election process due to recent changes in the electoral law, as the campaign reached its halfway point. The selective approach by election officials, criticized by human rights defenders during the formation of election commissions, still prevails at the next stage, the nomination and registration of candidates.

Report on the results of registration of campaign teams and candidates for deputies

24.02.2014 Report on the results of registration of campaign teams and candidates for deputies

Monitoring of the elections to the Local Councils of Deputies of the Republic of Belarus of the 27th Convocation is conducted by activists of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" within the frames of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections".

24.02.2014 Homel activist may face prison term for solidarity with Ukraine

The police threaten a Young Front activist with a criminal case for an action of solidarity with Ukrainian pro-EU protesters.

Observatory condemns continued harassment of Viasna

24.02.2014 Observatory condemns continued harassment of Viasna

The Observatory has been informed of the continued harassment of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and the rejection by the Court of a complaint challenging the blackmailing of its website www.spring96.org.

24.02.2014 Miory police detain Belsat journalists and BCD activists

Two correspondents of the Belsat TV channel were detained in Miory, Vitsebsk region, on February 20, according to the press service of the organizing committee of the party "Belarusian Christian Democracy" (BCD). The journalists’ names are not called.

Sculptor to sue Belinvestbank over Belarusian

24.02.2014 Sculptor to sue Belinvestbank over Belarusian

Back in 2012, sculptor and teacher Henadz Loika wrote a letter to Belinvestbank asking to open a card account in his native Belarusian language, as he said he did not speak the other official language, Russian. However, his request was rejected.

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