News for 24 Jan 2014

Vaukavysk authorities ban picket of solidarity with Ukrainian Maidan protesters

24.01.2014 Vaukavysk authorities ban picket of solidarity with Ukrainian Maidan protesters

Vital Huliak, an activist from the town of Vaukavysk, Hrodna region, was not allowed to stage a picket in solidarity with the Ukrainian Maidan protest scheduled for January 25. The application for holding a picket in the town park (officially authorized location for street events) was filed on January 9. The official response is dated January 17.

Mikalai Ulasevich appeals CEC’s decision in court

24.01.2014 Mikalai Ulasevich appeals CEC’s decision in court

Mikalai Ulasevich, an activist from the village of Varniany, Hrodna region, sent on January 23 a complaint to the Supreme Court to challenge the decision of the Central Committee. On January 21, the CEC canceled the registration of Mikalai Ulasevich two campaign teams, arguing that District Election Commission had violated paragraph 5 of Article 60 of the Electoral Code, under which a citizen can be a candidate for the local council in only one constituency. Meanwhile, Astravets District Election Commission in its decision of 17 January registered both groups.

UN Human Rights Committee to consider complaint against ban on picket in support of Ales Bialiatski

24.01.2014 UN Human Rights Committee to consider complaint against ban on picket in support of Ales Bialiatski

A letter received on January 23 by the former chair of Homel City Executive Committee Sviatlana Haldade says the UN Human Rights Committee has registered the complaint, which she, together with Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka, filed in connection with a ban on a rally in support of political prisoner Ales Bialiatski expected to be staged on August 4, 2012.

No chance to appeal formation of Brest City Electoral Commission

24.01.2014 No chance to appeal formation of Brest City Electoral Commission

Human rights defenders and pro-democratic activists from Brest appealed the decision of the Presidium of the Brest City Council of Deputies and the Brest City Executive Committee of 27 December on the formation of the City Election Commission ahead of the local council elections scheduled for March 23.

24.01.2014 Riot police attack picketers near Ukrainian embassy

More than 10 people were taken to the Tsentralny district police department.

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