News for 24 Feb 2010

24.02.2010 Head of Barysau regional election commission abuses power, says local human rights activist

On 24 February human rights activist Aleh Matskevich lodged a complaint with the Central Electoral Commission against Chair of Barysau regional election commission Mikalai Zeliankevich, claiming that the official had abused his authority by refusing to provide information on the progress of the elections despite the activist’s mandate of observer.

24.02.2010 Homel election commission dismisses complaint by local For Freedom activist

On 24 February Homel regional election commission turned down a complaint lodged by local For Freedom coordinator Piotr Kuzniatsou, upholding the decision by Mazurauskaya constituency election commission to deny registration to the activist’s initiative group, due to the exceeding number of the team’s members – 21 persons instead of 3-10 required by the law.

Switzerland hosts world congress against death penalty

24.02.2010 Switzerland hosts world congress against death penalty

Over a thousand human rights activists and lawyers from all over the world participate in the World Congress against the Death Penalty opened today in Geneva, Switzerland. Belarus is represented by activists of the Human Rights Activists against the Death Penalty campaign Valiantsin Stefanovich and Tatsiana Reviaka.

24.02.2010 Baranavichy Office of Public Prosecutor refuses to monitor implementation of Election Code

A human rights activist from Baranavichy Syarhei Housha, who complained about a violation of the Election Code to the City Office of the Public Prosecutor, has received an official refusal.

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