News on the topic: elections-2020

Belarus: Violence, Abuse in Response to Election Protests

12.08.2020 Belarus: Violence, Abuse in Response to Election Protests

Belarus security forces viciously beat and detained largely peaceful protesters over the country’s election outcome on August 9 and 10, 2020, Human Rights Watch said on August 11.

EU: Belarus elections were neither free nor fair

12.08.2020 EU: Belarus elections were neither free nor fair

EU calls on Belarusian political leadership to initiate a genuine and inclusive dialogue with broader society to avoid further violence. The EU will continue to support a democratic, independent, sovereign, prosperous and stable Belarus.

1,000 detained on third night of protests

12.08.2020 1,000 detained on third night of protests

Around a thousand protesters were reportedly detained last night after riot police dispersed dozens of local demonstrations in 25 cities across the country. Fifty demonstrators were injured and had to seek medical assistance, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

FIDH: Police Must Refrain from Excessive Force Against Peaceful Protesters

11.08.2020 FIDH: Police Must Refrain from Excessive Force Against Peaceful Protesters

One person was killed, dozens were hospitalised and hundreds more were detained during mass protests in Belarus following the announcement of preliminary results of yesterday’s presidential elections. Riot police used stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons to crack down on peaceful protesters in Minsk and other cities of Belarus, in violation of international human rights law. FIDH reiterates its call for authorities to refrain from violence against peaceful protesters.

UN chief following post-election developments ‘with great concern’

11.08.2020 UN chief following post-election developments ‘with great concern’

The UN Secretary-General has appealed for restraint in Belarus, where ongoing clashes between police and demonstrators continue following disputed elections held on Sunday.

Amnesty International: Police unleash appalling violence on peaceful protesters

11.08.2020 Amnesty International: Police unleash appalling violence on peaceful protesters

Amnesty International’s delegates in the Belarusian capital Minsk witnessed appalling violence unleashed by riot police on peaceful protesters who took to the streets last night after official announcements on election results, which protesters view as rigged.

“Worst election ever”: Domestic observers sum up disrupted monitoring

11.08.2020 “Worst election ever”: Domestic observers sum up disrupted monitoring

The domestic election observation campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” has presented a report on the interim results of observation of the presidential election at a press conference on August 10. The human rights activists called the 2020 vote “the worst election ever”.

ODIHR gravely concerned at situation in Belarus following presidential election

11.08.2020 ODIHR gravely concerned at situation in Belarus following presidential election

Amidst intimidation and disproportionate police force against protesters in Belarus following reports of serious administrative misconduct during yesterday’s presidential election, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) calls for dialogue and urges the authorities to refrain from violence and to honestly report detailed election results from all polling stations.

Second night of protests: Police violence, more injuries, death confirmed

11.08.2020 Second night of protests: Police violence, more injuries, death confirmed

A protester reportedly died last night during a violent clash between demonstrators and riot police in Prytycki Avenue in Minsk, according to the authorities. The Interior Ministry said the man was killed after he tried to cast a self-made bomb. However, the information is not confirmed by any evidence.

2020 Presidential Election. Preliminary report on election observation. Full text

10.08.2020 2020 Presidential Election. Preliminary report on election observation. Full text

The electoral process at all of its stages did not comply with a number of basic international standards for democratic and fair elections and was accompanied by numerous violations of these principles and requirements of national legislation.

Human rights activists call to end arrests, violence and use of weapons against peaceful civilians

10.08.2020 Human rights activists call to end arrests, violence and use of weapons against peaceful civilians

Joint statement by human rights organizations of Belarus

EU condemns state violence against peaceful protesters

10.08.2020 EU condemns state violence against peaceful protesters

Joint Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi on the Presidential elections

Hundreds detained in post-election protests. Multiple injured. One reported dead

10.08.2020 Hundreds detained in post-election protests. Multiple injured. One reported dead

Several hundreds persons were detained last night after riot police dispersed a series of post-election protests in Minsk and other cities of Belarus.

2020 Presidential Election. Report on early voting

09.08.2020 2020 Presidential Election. Report on early voting

The restrictions imposed by the CEC on the number of observers at polling stations during early voting made this electoral phase completely non-transparent for independent citizen observation. These restrictions were aimed at disrupting independent observation of this stage, rather than pursuing the declared medical safety measures in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.

Tsikhanouskaya’s campaign manager detained

08.08.2020 Tsikhanouskaya’s campaign manager detained

Maryia Maroz, manager of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s presidential campaign headquarters, has been detained this afternoon, according to the candidate’s spokesperson Hanna Krasulina.

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