News for July 2015

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.”

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.

Human Rights Defenders on Trial in Baku: Witnesses Testify in Favor of Leyla Yunus

28.07.2015 Human Rights Defenders on Trial in Baku: Witnesses Testify in Favor of Leyla Yunus

In the Baku Court of Grave Crimes chaired by Afghan Hajiyev July 28 continued hearing on the case of human rights activist Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus.

Another journalist fined in Hlybokaje

28.07.2015 Another journalist fined in Hlybokaje

The Hlybokaje District Court has found journalist Tatsiana Smotkina guilty under Part 2 of Article 22.9 of the Administrative Code (illegal production and distribution of media products).

28.07.2015 Symbal.by shop checked for selling 'prohibited symbols'

The police was going buy a white-red-white flag.

28.07.2015 Opposition activist who offered to crown Lukashenka fined in Minsk

Mikalai Lusto was detained on July 24 near the building of the Central Election Commission.

Haradok officials form lists of home voters

28.07.2015 Haradok officials form lists of home voters

The Haradok District Executive Committee has posted on its website an announcement saying that "from 23.07.2015 to 09.08.2015 the district authorities are working to register voters for the list of Belarusian citizens who are registered in the territory of the corresponding polling station and have the right to participate in the elections of the President of the Republic of Belarus.”

Mikalai Dziadok’s mother: “Two square meters – standard room per prisoner. It’s horrible!”

28.07.2015 Mikalai Dziadok’s mother: “Two square meters – standard room per prisoner. It’s horrible!”

Almost a month has passed since political prisoner Mikalai Dziadok was confined in so called ‘cell-type premises’ (PKT) in penal colony No. 9 in Horki.

Member of Tatsiana Karatkevich’s campaign team detained in Maladziechna

27.07.2015 Member of Tatsiana Karatkevich’s campaign team detained in Maladziechna

Valiantsin Tsishko, a member of the initiative group of Tatsiana Karatkevich, has been reportedly detained today in Maladziechna.

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