News for August 2019

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Viasna activist targeted by smear campaign in Svietlahorsk; teenagers face fines over rally to support rap star; activist suggests introducing agricultural troops in response to new evidence of forced labor in the army

Belarus police detain Moscow protester

29.08.2019 Belarus police detain Moscow protester

Nikita Chirtsov, a Russian national, has been detained in Minsk at the request of the Moscow law enforcement, according to ovdinfo.org, an independent human rights media project on political persecution in Russia.

Belarus’ civil society calls for legal tools to combat domestic violence

27.08.2019 Belarus’ civil society calls for legal tools to combat domestic violence

The Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum has issued a statement urging government structures to “undertake a transparent and inclusive process for developing and adopting a comprehensive law to protect women and men, children and elderly people suffering from violence by relatives.”

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23.08.2019 Picks of the week

College principal threatens student for intention to hold picket; Police is no social group, conclude experts in Paliyenka's case; Belongings of witnesses in trade unions case are seized for over two years; Siarhei Piatrukhin's property sequestered under police defamation case

FIDH: Civil society - not repressive regimes - should discuss inequality at G7

22.08.2019 FIDH: Civil society - not repressive regimes - should discuss inequality at G7

FIDH and 68 of its member organisations around the world are surprised that the Elysée (the French presidency) invited states which are notorious for grave and systematic human rights violations, such as India and Egypt, and met with Russian president Vladimir Putin days before the summit.

Analytical weekly report on the results of observation: August 12-17

19.08.2019 Analytical weekly report on the results of observation: August 12-17

Elections of deputies of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus of the seventh convocation

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Activist calls for greater reform in accessibility standards at polling stations; Viasna activists write to UN Special Rapporteur to report new case of police-related violence; rights defenders complain about inhumane conditions in prison in Mahilioŭ

Dzmitry Paliyenka case brought to trial

14.08.2019 Dzmitry Paliyenka case brought to trial

The case of former political prisoner and Amnesty International’s prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka has been submitted to the Minsk City Court. The trial will open in early September.

Analytical weekly report on the results of observation: August 5-10

12.08.2019 Analytical weekly report on the results of observation: August 5-10

Elections of deputies of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus of the seventh convocation

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09.08.2019 Picks of the week

Observers welcome minor improvements ahead of parliamentary elections; political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny reports fragile health in prison; death row prisoner Viktar Paulau sees family for first time since trial

“Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” launch independent observation

09.08.2019 “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” launch independent observation

The political background has not changed since last year’s local elections, coordinators of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” said at a press conference organized at Belarus Press Club to announce the launch of the non-partisan election observation.

Parliamentary elections scheduled for November 17

06.08.2019 Parliamentary elections scheduled for November 17

President Aliaksandr Lukashenka has signed a decree to officially announce the elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly. The vote will take place on November 17, according to the presidential press-service.

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02.08.2019 Picks of the week

Opposition leaders lose trial over protest policing charge; Viasna writes to UN Special Rapporteur on terrorism on alarming trend in Belarus; CEC head again suggests election day option

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2019

01.08.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2019

The human rights situation remained unsatisfactory, without any tangible changes, while in July, as before, there were no cases of administrative imprisonment for political reasons, which generally continues the general trend of the first half of this year.

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