News for 30 Jul 2015

State media in Salihorsk cover Lukashenka’s campaign only

30.07.2015 State media in Salihorsk cover Lukashenka’s campaign only

The state-owned media of Salihorsk have been actively covering the collecting signatures in support of the initiative group of Aliaksandr Lukashenka. Meanwhile, representatives of the opposition candidates do not receive airtime or opportunity to comment.

More trade union activists fired in Babrujsk

30.07.2015 More trade union activists fired in Babrujsk

The management of the Babrujsk-based plant of tractor parts and units continues harassing members of the Free Trade Union of Belarus. Over the past two years, the employer has got rid of several trade union activists by refusing to extend their labor contracts. But the last two cases were “the height of cynicism and humiliation of all norms of human morality," say local members of the FTU.

30.07.2015 U.S. pensioner detained in Minsk for ice-cream

He brought ice-cream to the people collecting signatures for Anatol Lyabedzka.

CEC rejects procedure of transparent vote count

30.07.2015 CEC rejects procedure of transparent vote count

The Belarusian Helsinki Committee has received a response to its appeal to the Central Election Commission. In its address, the BHC asked to implement three simple solutions, which could considerably improve the transparency of the electoral process.

Pavel Sapelka: The reasons why I was refused to visit places of detention are clearly outlined in my address to the Interior Ministry

30.07.2015 Pavel Sapelka: The reasons why I was refused to visit places of detention are clearly outlined in my address to the Interior Ministry

Lawyer Pavel Sapelka has received a response to his request to the Department of Corrections of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The expert asked permission to visit penal facilities in order to monitor detention conditions.

Court in Mahilioŭ dismisses case against editor of independent weekly

30.07.2015 Court in Mahilioŭ dismisses case against editor of independent weekly

The Kastryčnicki District Court of Mahilioŭ has dismissed the administrative case against Ihar Barysau, editor-in-chief of the Naš Mahilioŭ independent newspaper, due to expiration of the two-month period for the imposition of an administrative penalty.

Protesters, journalists detained in Homieĺ

30.07.2015 Protesters, journalists detained in Homieĺ

On July 29, police officers detained Yauhen Hadar and his wife Aza, who tried to stage a picket in front of a department store in Homieĺ. They tried to draw public attention to the problems that exist in the construction sphere.

FIDH and Viasna urge EU to consider conditions for meaningful dialogue on human rights with Belarus

30.07.2015 FIDH and Viasna urge EU to consider conditions for meaningful dialogue on human rights with Belarus

On July 28, Brussels hosted the first round of a resumed human rights dialogue between Belarus and the European Union. On the eve of the meeting, FIDH and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" released a joint statement to the officials involved in the talks.

Homieĺ Prosecutor’s Office warns Protestant pastor

30.07.2015 Homieĺ Prosecutor’s Office warns Protestant pastor

The Homieĺ City Prosecutor's Office has issued an official warning to Siarhei Nikalayenka, pastor of the Protestant community "Transfiguration".

Signatures collected for Lukashenka during working hours in Homieĺ school

30.07.2015 Signatures collected for Lukashenka during working hours in Homieĺ school

Human rights defenders and journalists have received information that on 29 July the office of the head of school No. 27 in Homieĺ will gather signatures in support of Aliaksandr Lukashenka. According to a school employee, the staff were ordered to come to the headmaster's office with their passports.

Uladzimir Labkovich: Deprivation of observers’ accreditation is a weapon created by election system

30.07.2015 Uladzimir Labkovich: Deprivation of observers’ accreditation is a weapon created by election system

The Belarusian Helsinki Committee in the framework of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" asked the Central Election Commission (CEC) to clarify Part 9, Art. 13 of the Electoral Code, which reads as follows: "the Commission, in which the observer is accredited, has the right to deprive him of his accreditation in the case of violation of the electoral laws of the Republic of Belarus.”

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