News for 29 Jul 2015

CEC rejects ENEMO bid to observe vote in Belarus

29.07.2015 CEC rejects ENEMO bid to observe vote in Belarus

Representatives of a well-known international election observation organization ENEMO (European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations) asked the Central Election Commission, the Presidential Administration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to allow them to monitor this year’s presidential election in Belarus.

29.07.2015 Siarhei Skrabets: Mikalai Statkevich is tortured in prison

The political prisoner is held in solitary confinement without light and fresh air.

“After I refused to sign, there was a rumor that I was drunk at work”

29.07.2015 “After I refused to sign, there was a rumor that I was drunk at work”

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" received yesterday an email with the following question: “Tell me, please, can an initiative group come to the company, occupy an office and start collecting signatures during working hours? If there is any document regulating such moments, could you give me a link or the title of the document. Thanks you.”

UCP leader in Hrodna demands apology from CEC Secretary Mikalai Lazavik

29.07.2015 UCP leader in Hrodna demands apology from CEC Secretary Mikalai Lazavik

Aliaksandra Vasilevich, Chairperson of the Hrodna regional office of the United Civil Party, has sent a complaint to the Central Election Commission of Belarus. The politician wrote to complain about a statement made by the CEC Secretary Mikalai Lazavik on the ONT TV channel on July 26. Lazavik said that all the three members of the opposition nominated to the Hrodna regional election commission had criminal records and therefore were not included in the TEC.

Police open case over flashmob in Lida district

29.07.2015 Police open case over flashmob in Lida district

The Investigation Committee of the Lida district has opened a criminal investigation into a flashmob staged in the town of Biarozauka on July 25, when an unknown masked man left several car tires and lit smoke bombs outside the entrance to the Nioman glassworks.

Salihorsk: administrative resources abused when collecting signatures for Lukashenka

29.07.2015 Salihorsk: administrative resources abused when collecting signatures for Lukashenka

Salihorsk human rights activists have received the first signals of administrative resources used by Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s campaign group when collecting signatures for his nomination.

Transparency International calls for release of Azerbaijani human rights activists

29.07.2015 Transparency International calls for release of Azerbaijani human rights activists

As the trial re-commences of prominent human rights defender Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus, Transparency International, the global anti-corruption movement, calls for their immediate release.

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