News for 20 Aug 2015

20.08.2015 Ministry of Justice denies registration for BCD party for fifth time

The organising committee to create the Belarusian Christian Democracy party (BCD) received a refusal from the Ministry of Justice to the application for registration.

20.08.2015 Apartment of Biarozauka activist searched

Two police officers in plain-clothes seized a computer and a printer from Yury Dziashuk, resident of Biarozauka, Lida district.

Observer in Žodzina appeals against city election commission

20.08.2015 Observer in Žodzina appeals against city election commission

Aliaksei Lapitski, observer of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" in Žodzina, has filed complaints to the Central Election Commission and the Minsk Regional Executive Committee to appeal against the city election commission, which refused to address numerous facts of abuse of administrative resources in collecting signatures by the initiative group of Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

Pavel Sapelka: Graffiti neither violates public order nor expresses disrespect for society

20.08.2015 Pavel Sapelka: Graffiti neither violates public order nor expresses disrespect for society

Lawyer Pavel Sapelka shares his opinion on the criminal cases against the new political prisoners.

Employees of state-owned enterprise in Bialyničy forced to collect signatures for Mikalai Ulakhovich

20.08.2015 Employees of state-owned enterprise in Bialyničy forced to collect signatures for Mikalai Ulakhovich

Employees of the Bialyničy-based consumer cooperative have been ordered to collect signatures for the nomination of presidential contender Mikalai Ulakhovich, chairman of the Belarusian Patriotic Party, supreme ataman of the NGO "Belarusian Cossacks".

Alternative candidate in Smarhoń forces state-owned media cover nomination pickets

20.08.2015 Alternative candidate in Smarhoń forces state-owned media cover nomination pickets

Mikalai Ulasevich, an activist of Anatol Liabedzka’s campaign team, has received electronic answers to his petitions to the Smarhoń territorial election commission and the district executive committee, which demanded equal conditions for media coverage of presidential candidates’ nomination activities.

Students in Mahilioŭ recalled from internship to sign for Lukashenka

20.08.2015 Students in Mahilioŭ recalled from internship to sign for Lukashenka

Students of the Mahilioŭ-based Belarusian-Russian University have been forced to suspend their internship, after they were ordered to return to the city in order to sign in favor of Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s nomination, says monitor of one of the classes of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.

Minsk City Court to examine video evidence in ex-presidential contender’s disorderly conduct case

20.08.2015 Minsk City Court to examine video evidence in ex-presidential contender’s disorderly conduct case

The Minsk City Court heard yesterday a complaint against a fine imposed on presidential contender Yury Shulhan together with his associate Pavel Kanavalchyk after they were detained outside the building of the Central Election Commission on July 17.

Viciebsk Regional Court turns down appeal by freelance journalist

20.08.2015 Viciebsk Regional Court turns down appeal by freelance journalist

Judge Sviatlana Ivanava of the Viciebsk Regional Court has dismissed an appeal lodged by journalist Dzmitry Lupach against a decision of the Hlybokaje District Court, which fined him 4.5 million “for cooperating with foreign media without accreditation.”

Poisoning with bleach: Torture or ‘violation of sanitary norms”?

20.08.2015 Poisoning with bleach: Torture or ‘violation of sanitary norms”?

The Investigative Committee of Belarus has quashed a decision not to institute criminal proceedings against employees of the Mahilioŭ-based penal colony No. 15, who tortured prisoner Piotr Kuchura with bleach during his confinement in the punishment cell. However, when notifying the convict, a representative of the Investigative Committee writes about a ‘violation of sanitary norms’.

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