News for 15 Jul 2015

Do Belarusian citizens have the right to boycott elections?

15.07.2015 Do Belarusian citizens have the right to boycott elections?

A number of issues related to the upcoming elections was discussed at today's meeting of the management of the Central Election Commission (CEC) and the representatives of the assessment mission of the OSCE ODIHR.

Educational institutions of Brest join intimidation of local activists

15.07.2015 Educational institutions of Brest join intimidation of local activists

At first Palina and Andrei Sharenda were summoned to the prosecutor's office. Later, representatives of the education department of the local executive committee tried to get into their apartment in order to find in what conditions they were upbringing their 6-year-old son.

Babrujsk: approach of the elections is unnoticeable

15.07.2015 Babrujsk: approach of the elections is unnoticeable

In Babruisk, there seems to be no interest to the presidential election at all, also among the local media. There are no electoral posters and banners on the streets, which could inform Babrujskers about the beginning of the electoral campaign.

Authorities list sites prohibited for collecting signatures to nominate candidates for presidency in Minsk

15.07.2015 Authorities list sites prohibited for collecting signatures to nominate candidates for presidency in Minsk

Minsk City Executive Committee has determined the places banned for picketing in order to collect voters' signatures for nomination of candidates for President of the Republic of Belarus in Minsk.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: provisions of Electoral Code of Belarus prohibiting boycott are contrary to CIS Convention "On standards of democratic elections, electoral rights and freedoms"

15.07.2015 Valiantsin Stefanovich: provisions of Electoral Code of Belarus prohibiting boycott are contrary to CIS Convention "On standards of democratic elections, electoral rights and freedoms"

In its report on the results of the observation of the first week of the presidential election campaign, the public election observation campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" has already noted that the provisions of the Electoral Code that prohibit calling for a boycott of the elections are contrary to the Convention of the Commonwealth of Independent States "On Standards of Democratic Elections, Electoral Rights and Freedoms".

Baranavičy: Mikalai Charnavus not inlcuded in electoral team of Aliaksandr Lukashenka

15.07.2015 Baranavičy: Mikalai Charnavus not inlcuded in electoral team of Aliaksandr Lukashenka

June 30, Baranavičy entrepreneur and social activist Mikalai Charnavus filed an appeal to Baranavičy City Executive Committee, asking to include him and four more people in the electoral team of the incumbent president, Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

Media space of Salihorsk district is quiet despite elections

15.07.2015 Media space of Salihorsk district is quiet despite elections

Salihorsk human rights activists speak of the pre-election lull in the media landscape of the region.

Former CEO of "Kryčaŭcamientašyfier" jailed, questions remain

15.07.2015 Former CEO of "Kryčaŭcamientašyfier" jailed, questions remain

In the evening of July 14, Kryčaŭ District Court issued a verdict in the case of the former Director General of "Kryčaŭcamientašyfier" (“Krychau cement and slate plant”) Leanid Skotski. He was punished by 10 years imprisonment in the colony with confiscation of property and the five-year prohibition to hold executive positions associated with the control and administrative functions.

Hrodna: political parties are completing nomination to territorial commissions

15.07.2015 Hrodna: political parties are completing nomination to territorial commissions

Hrodna branches of the democratic parties that nominate their candidates for the presidential election or support the nomination, complete direction of their representatives to the territorial election commissions.

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