Domestic observers report lack of progress in nomination and registration of candidates

22.10.2019 Domestic observers report lack of progress in nomination and registration of candidates

The nomination and registration of candidates were not marked by any significant differences as compared to the previous parliamentary elections, concludes an interim report by the nation-wide campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections”. The findings were presented today at a press conference in Minsk.

Parliamentary elections 2019: Report on the nomination and registration of candidates

21.10.2019 Parliamentary elections 2019: Report on the nomination and registration of candidates

The nomination and registration of candidates were nor marked by any significant differences as compared to the previous parliamentary elections.

Belarusian Activist Slashes His Arm In Court Protest

18.10.2019 Belarusian Activist Slashes His Arm In Court Protest

A Belarusian civil society activist and former prisoner of conscience has slashed his hand in a courtroom to protest against his closed-door trial, which rights activists called politically motivated.

Lack of reforms and contempt for fundamental freedoms in Belarus raise concerns ahead of elections, says UN expert

18.10.2019 Lack of reforms and contempt for fundamental freedoms in Belarus raise concerns ahead of elections, says UN expert

The overall environment in Belarus remains hostile to dissident opinions and unduly restricts civil and political rights, says UN expert Anaïs Marin.

Belarus: Politically motivated trial against former prisoner of conscience starts behind closed doors

17.10.2019 Belarus: Politically motivated trial against former prisoner of conscience starts behind closed doors

The Belarusian authorities must uphold the right of former prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka to a fair trial and ensure his hearing is open to the public, Amnesty International said ahead of the start of his trial on 17 October.

Picks of the Week against the Death Penalty

11.10.2019 Picks of the Week against the Death Penalty

The past seven days have been dominated by events held as part of the annual nation-wide Week against the Death Penalty in Belarus. Viasna has collected quotes and photo evidence of the Week to highlight the diversity of voices and efforts demanding an end to executions, both in the country and worldwide.

EU, CoE urge Belarus to end executions ahead of World Day against the Death Penalty

09.10.2019 EU, CoE urge Belarus to end executions ahead of World Day against the Death Penalty

The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, have published a joint statement to mark the European and World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October.

Violence, sexism, employment discrimination: women’s rights groups send report to UN

09.10.2019 Violence, sexism, employment discrimination: women’s rights groups send report to UN

The “Her Rights” center has prepared, in a coalition with the public association “Radzislava”, a report on the state of gender equality and women’s rights in Belarus in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The survey is an alternative to the government’s report, both of which will be heard in May 2020.

Activist Faces 'Torture' If Extradited From Belarus To Tajikistan

07.10.2019 Activist Faces 'Torture' If Extradited From Belarus To Tajikistan

A group of 11 human rights groups has urged Belarus not to forcibly return a Tajik opposition activist Farhod Odinaev to Tajikistan, where they said he “risks torture or other ill-treatment.”

Parliamentary elections 2019: Report on the formation of precinct election commissions

05.10.2019 Parliamentary elections 2019: Report on the formation of precinct election commissions

On October 2, the authorities completed the formation of the precinct election commissions (PECs), which are an important element of the electoral process directly responsible for the organization of voting and vote counting. A total of 5,785 PECs have been formed, with 63,646 persons selected as their members.

“Justice without Killing”: Events of the Week against the Death Penalty

05.10.2019 “Justice without Killing”: Events of the Week against the Death Penalty

The annual Week against the Death Penalty will be held from 5 to 10 October across Belarus to promote this year’s slogan “Justice without Killing.”

Picks of the week

04.10.2019 Picks of the week

Observers report record low representation of opposition in precinct election commissions; critical blogger unable to pay heavy fine, begs for community service to avoid criminal charges; Supreme Court sets appeal hearing in death convict's case

Death is not justice!

03.10.2019 Death is not justice!

Council of Europe’s Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law has launched a campaign #DeathIsNotJustice in the run-up to October 10th, the World Day against Death Penalty. Famous figures and human rights activists share messages to stress the need for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2019

02.10.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2019

On September 25, the Minsk City Court was to open a closed trial in the criminal case of an activist of the anarchist movement Dzmitry Paliyenka. As a result, the trial was adjourned due to the judge’s illness.

PACE holds hearing on Belarus ahead of November 17 elections

01.10.2019 PACE holds hearing on Belarus ahead of November 17 elections

The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly has arranged a public hearing on the situation of Belarus ahead of this year’s parliamentary elections scheduled for November 17.

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