News for 17 Aug 2015

Analytical report on the results of weekly observation: August 10-17

17.08.2015 Analytical report on the results of weekly observation: August 10-17

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

Viasna: Persons detained in graffiti case are new political prisoners

17.08.2015 Viasna: Persons detained in graffiti case are new political prisoners

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" calls to stop the prosecution under Part 2, Art. 339 of the Criminal Code ("malicious hooliganism") of Viachaslau Kasinerau, Yaraslau Ulyianenkau, as well as Maksim Piakarski and Vadzim Zharomski, and demands their immediate release from custody.

Member of Anatol Liabedzka nomination group seeks equal conditions in media coverage

17.08.2015 Member of Anatol Liabedzka nomination group seeks equal conditions in media coverage

Mikalai Ulasevich, a member of the nomination group of Anatol Liabedzka, has sent a letter to the Smarhoń district executive committee and the local government-run newspaper Svietly Šliach, asking to cover the nomination activities by the contender’s campaign team.

Officials ban picket against poverty in Baranavičy

17.08.2015 Officials ban picket against poverty in Baranavičy

The Baranavičy city executive committee has not allowed local trade union activist Ryhor Hryk to hold a picket against poverty and low salaries of workers and pensioners, which he planned to stage on August 22. A written response signed by Deputy Mayor Dzmitry Kastsiukevich says that the stated purpose of the picket is not true.

Websites of local newspapers in Hrodna region cover Lukashenka nomination pickets only

17.08.2015 Websites of local newspapers in Hrodna region cover Lukashenka nomination pickets only

The websites of local government-owned newspapers in the Hrodna region have been actively covering the activities of the nomination group for the incumbent Aliaksandr Lukashenka. In particular, the website of the Astravieckaja Praŭda (a government-run newspaper in the district of Astraviec) has posted six publications in just two weeks.

Members of Tatsiana Karatkevich nomination team detained in Mahilioŭ

17.08.2015 Members of Tatsiana Karatkevich nomination team detained in Mahilioŭ

Valiantsina Shchetnikava and Ales Shautsou were collecting signatures at Mahilioŭ’s Vilienski market in support of presidential contender Tatsiana Karatkevich. The picket was attended by Mrs. Karatkevich, who talked to local residents for nearly half an hour. However, after her departure, the problems started.

Prison censors hold letters to Mikalai Statkevich

17.08.2015 Prison censors hold letters to Mikalai Statkevich

Barys Vyrvich, a journalist in the town of Bialyničy, received on August 15 another letter from political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich, which said that instead of his latest letter the prisoner had received an empty envelope.

AZERBAIJAN: Verdict against Leyla and Arif Yunus is outrageous and must be nullified

17.08.2015 AZERBAIJAN: Verdict against Leyla and Arif Yunus is outrageous and must be nullified

The Observatory’s trial observer in Baku reports that Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunusov have been handed 8.5 and 7 year jail sentences, respectively.

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