News for 26 Oct 2010

26.10.2010 Ministry of Justice of Belarus has not registered the BCD Party

The Ministry of Justice of Belarus denied the party Belarusian Christian Democracy (BCD) in state registration.

“The Ministry of Justice examined the materials concerning the state registration of BCD party and the decision to reject has been taken”, - “Interfax-West” agency was informed in the Ministry of Justice of Belarus.

Administrative pressure in Hrodna district

26.10.2010 Administrative pressure in Hrodna district

On 20 October, Kanstantsin Dzmitryieu, resident of the town of Aziory, Hrodna district, lodged a complaint with the Central Election Commission against actions by the administration of a local farming company, who allegedly forced the staff to give their signatures for President Lukashenka.

UN HR Committee to consider complaint by civil activist Surhan

26.10.2010 UN HR Committee to consider complaint by civil activist Surhan

The UN Human Rights Committee has reportedly accepted for consideration the individual complaint submitted by Belarusian civil society activist Taras Surhan, appealing the violation of his civil rights, after he was detained and fined BYR 175,000 for hanging out a white-red-white flag in Vitsebsk on 16 July 2009.

Homel HR activists report canvassing for Lukashenka in working hours

26.10.2010 Homel HR activists report canvassing for Lukashenka in working hours

The administration of a Homel-based Vipra company have been canvassing for signatures during their working hours, say local human rights defenders.

According to local human rights activist Anatol Paplauny, an activist of Lukashenka’s campaign team Ms. Viktotya Siomina was collecting signatures at the enterprise in her working hours, which is prohibited by the current election legislation.

CEC abuses power, says HR defender Harry Pahaniayla

26.10.2010 CEC abuses power, says HR defender Harry Pahaniayla

Minsk Maskouski Court considered a claim by a Belarusian Helsinki Committee lawyer Harry Pahaniayla, who earlier lodged a complaint against Decision #49 by the Central Election Commission, which considerably restricted opportunities to delegate representatives of political parties and NGOs to election commissions.

26.10.2010 Meetings of Zhodzina town election commission should be public, says local observer

Aliaksei Lapitski, observer at Zhodzina town election commission, addressed the commission with a statement, calling the officials to inform him on the time of meetings, after the commission members repeatedly failed to invite him to its meetings, including the recent one where the issues of constituency formation was considered.

Lukashenka’s campaign team deserves a warning, says member of Minsk City Election Commission

26.10.2010 Lukashenka’s campaign team deserves a warning, says member of Minsk City Election Commission

Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s initiative group should receive a warning by the Central Election Commission, says member of Minsk city election commission Halina Siamdzianava, who took part in the consideration of a complaint by activists Mikita Krasnou and Viachaslau Dziyanau against violations of canvassing procedures by Aliaksandr Luakshenka’s campaign activists.

Father Alexander Nadson joins campaign against death penalty

26.10.2010 Father Alexander Nadson joins campaign against death penalty

Father Alexander Nadson, the Apostolic Visitor for Belarusian Greek-Catholic faithful abroad and a notable Belarusian émigré social and religious leader, signed onto the petition for the abolition of the death penalty in Belarus.

Naroulia executive committee engaged in unabashed support of Lukashenka

26.10.2010 Naroulia executive committee engaged in unabashed support of Lukashenka

Local observers report cases of undisguised campaigning for President Lukashenka maintained by executive authorities of the town of Naroulia, Homel region.

Representatives of Svetlahorsk election commissions visit homes before they are formed

26.10.2010 Representatives of Svetlahorsk election commissions visit homes before they are formed

Members of Svetlahorsk election commissions have reportedly started verifying voter lists, despite the fact the commissions have not yet been officially formed. Opposition activists say the authorities have secretly formed election commissions. At the same time, they cannot be formed before November 1.

Another attack on Vitsebsk campaign activist

26.10.2010 Another attack on Vitsebsk campaign activist

Siarhei Ulasau, activist of Vital Rymasheuski’s campaign team, has been reportedly attacked by drunken residents of a multi-storied apartment building in Budauniki Avenue in Vitsebsk.

The activist was beaten and his coat was torn. However, he did not report the incident to the police.

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