Analytical weekly report on the results of observation: June 7-12
Election observation is carried out by activists of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" within the campaign “Human Rights Defenders For Free Elections”.
- the 2016 parliamentary elections started against the background of a difficult geopolitical situation in the world and Europe, primarily in connection with the Russian-Ukrainian conflict;
- the elections are accompanied by adverse trends in the social and economic development of Belarus;
- the campaign has a more favorable domestic political background as compared to last year's presidential election;
- the Belarusian authorities have not abandoned the repressive practices against opponents of the regime: peaceful protesters are still subjected to administrative responsibility, political parties and public associations are still denied official registration, other civil and political rights of citizens are restricted;
- the Belarusian authorities have not taken any measures aimed at systemic and qualitative changes in the field of human rights, especially at the legislative level;
- in preparation for the elections, the Belarusian authorities only took into account a few recommendations made by the OSCE ODIHR and the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" following the observation of the previous campaign.