News for 13 Jul 2015

Analytical weekly report on results of observation: July 6-11

13.07.2015 Analytical weekly report on results of observation: July 6-11

Observation of the presidential elections of the Republic of Belarus is carried out by activists of Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" in the framework of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections".

No electoral posters in Baranavičy

13.07.2015 No electoral posters in Baranavičy

In central Baranavičy and in the suburbs there are still no posters and banners dedicated to the presidential elections, appointed on October 11, 2015.

Tax inspectors don't say who ordered to persecute human rights defender

13.07.2015 Tax inspectors don't say who ordered to persecute human rights defender

The tax office of Homel's Savetski district cancelled its previous decision that Leanid Sudalenka must declare his income and assets.

Mikalai Dziadok and his cellmate held in 5 sq. m. cell

13.07.2015 Mikalai Dziadok and his cellmate held in 5 sq. m. cell

Mikalai Dziadok was transferred to a cell-type unit for six months after 42 days in a punishment cell.

Police Department of Mahilioŭ Regional Executive Committee holds an inspection in connection with “Viasna” article

13.07.2015 Police Department of Mahilioŭ Regional Executive Committee holds an inspection in connection with “Viasna” article

The reason for the inspection is the article “Head of a police department in Mahilioŭ accuses activist of trying to bribe him”.

No electoral activity observed in Chocimsk

13.07.2015 No electoral activity observed in Chocimsk

The beginning of the presidential campaign of the Republic of Belarus is almost impercievable in the town of Chocimsk and in the Chocimsk district.

New obstacle for Belarusian observers

13.07.2015 New obstacle for Belarusian observers

In the current presidential elections domestic observers will for the first time need to acquire mandatory accreditation. RFE/RL tried to find why it was necessary and how this innovation would affect the work of the Belarusian observers.

Hrodna officials protract registration of BHC representative for monitoring of formation of territorial commissions

13.07.2015 Hrodna officials protract registration of BHC representative for monitoring of formation of territorial commissions

July 8, human rights activist Sviatlana Rudkouskaya came to Hrodna City Executive Committee to get registered as a representative of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee for observing the joint sitting of the Presidium of Hrodna City Executive Committee and Hrodna City Council on forming territorial election commissions.

Kruhlaje District Executive Committee bans electoral pickets in busiest places

13.07.2015 Kruhlaje District Executive Committee bans electoral pickets in busiest places

July 9, Kruhlaje District Executive Committee adopted a resolution to list the sites where it was prohibited to collect signatures for the nomination of a person as a candidate for President of the Republic of Belarus.

Salihorsk: violation of language laws by traffic police appealed at prosecutor's office

13.07.2015 Salihorsk: violation of language laws by traffic police appealed at prosecutor's office

Civil society activist Aliaksandr Malochka has appealed to Salihorsk District Prosecutor's Office seeking the punishment of the local traffic policemen who refused to communicate with him in Belarusian and were unable to draw up a violation report in the Belarusian language which presenting him charges of a violation of the traffic rules.

Kobryn: Aliaksandr Mekh challenges fine for laying down flowers to Kalinouski monument

13.07.2015 Kobryn: Aliaksandr Mekh challenges fine for laying down flowers to Kalinouski monument

Aliaksandr Mekh, a civil society activist from Kobryn, asks to abolish the verdict of Kobryn District Court and Brest Regional Court and drop the case against him.

Salihorsk: ban of picket on Human Rights Day challenged at UN Human Rights Committee

13.07.2015 Salihorsk: ban of picket on Human Rights Day challenged at UN Human Rights Committee

Human rights activist Leanid Markhotka filed af complaint with the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations in connection with the ban of a picket dedicated to the International Human Rights Day on January 10, 2014 in Salihorsk.

Homieĺ journalists challenge Rahačoŭ fines

13.07.2015 Homieĺ journalists challenge Rahačoŭ fines

July 10, Homieĺ freelancers Natallia Kryvashei and Kanstantsin Zhukouski filed cassation appeals to Homieĺ Regional Court, in which they challenge the verdict of Rahačoŭ District Court, by which they were fined 6.3 million rubles under Article 22.9 of the Code of Administrative Violations for cooperation with Polish satellite TV channel "Belsat".

UN Human Rights Committee accepts Illia Dabratvor's complaint

13.07.2015 UN Human Rights Committee accepts Illia Dabratvor's complaint

As learned by the Human Rights Center "Viasna", Illia Dabratvor has recently received a message from the United Nations Human Rights Committee telling about the registration of his complaint of a violation of the rights for freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.

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