Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2020

03.08.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2020

The presidential campaign takes place against the background of continuous repression, in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation of society. July was marked by a continued deterioration of the human rights situation in the country, which can be described as a crisis.

Amnesty International: Armed forces have no business in dealing with protests

03.08.2020 Amnesty International: Armed forces have no business in dealing with protests

On 24 July, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka publicly stated that he was prepared to use the Armed Forces to “restore order” and put down street protests and demonstrations. This remark was made in the context of an upcoming presidential election on 9 August, in which the incumbent will be seeking re-election for his sixth term. It follows weeks of mass protests against electoral violations across the country, all of them peaceful except those that were brutally dispersed by the authorities which resulted in isolated incidents of police-provoked violence.

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31.07.2020 Picks of the week

Minsk courts continue to convict innocent people on trumped-up charges; MFA blocks accreditation of foreign reporters ahead of August 9 election; 13 people arrested over July 14 protest

Tsikhanouski, Statkevich facing more charges

30.07.2020 Tsikhanouski, Statkevich facing more charges

Opposition leader Mikalai Statkevich and critical vlogger Siarhei Tsikhanouski are facing new criminal charges, the Investigative Committee’s official Telegram channel said.

Political prisoner Viarhili Ushak released before trial

30.07.2020 Political prisoner Viarhili Ushak released before trial

After two months in detention, political prisoner Viarhili Ushak was released last evening from custody at pre-trial prison No. 1 in Minsk.

Amnesty International calls to release prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka

29.07.2020 Amnesty International calls to release prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka

Amnesty International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka.

Protect peaceful protesters in Belarus

28.07.2020 Protect peaceful protesters in Belarus

People around the world are deeply disturbed by images, video footage and reports coming out of Belarus, which expose a brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters. Sign the petition demanding that police violence ends now.

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24.07.2020 Picks of the week

Electoral authorities banish independent journalists from official information center; political prisoner Siarhei Tsikhanouski awarded short prison term in a mock trial; names of persons arrested over July 14 protest revealed

“Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” demand transparency in voting and vote count

22.07.2020 “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” demand transparency in voting and vote count

We once again call on the Belarusian authorities to ensure the full exercise of fundamental human rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Copenhagen Document and other international human rights instruments.

Independent observers banished from polling stations

22.07.2020 Independent observers banished from polling stations

The Central Election Commission has limited the number of observers who will be allowed to monitor the process of voting at polling stations, citing coronavirus statistics as the cause for the controversial decision.

Valery Tsapkala loses registration appeal in Supreme Court hearing

21.07.2020 Valery Tsapkala loses registration appeal in Supreme Court hearing

The Supreme Court confirmed at yesterday’s hearing the July 14 decision by the Central Election Commission, which rejected the presidential nomination bid of Valery Tsapkala, one of Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s key rivals in the August 9 election.

Beaten and fined: over 40 journalists detained in 2 months of Belarusian protests

20.07.2020 Beaten and fined: over 40 journalists detained in 2 months of Belarusian protests

Over 40 representatives of the press have been detained when covering peaceful protests in the last two months, tut.by said. Some of them were beaten, while a few were convicted of “illegal protesting” and “resisting arrest”.

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17.07.2020 Picks of the week

25 people detained after filing complaints with the Central Election Commission; RFE/RL reporter beaten and charged with resisting arrest; four people held in criminal case following election protest in Minsk

2020 Presidential Election. Report on the nomination and registration of presidential candidates

16.07.2020 2020 Presidential Election. Report on the nomination and registration of presidential candidates

Out of seven persons who were nominated as presidential candidates and submitted signatures collected for their nomination, five were registered as candidates. The registration process was marked by violations of the standards of fair elections.

280 detained in protests across Belarus

15.07.2020 280 detained in protests across Belarus

At least 280 people were detained by the police yesterday evening after hundreds demonstrated against the Central Election Commission’s decision to disqualify two of the incumbent Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s key rivals in the upcoming presidential election.

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