News for October 2019

Activist Faces 'Torture' If Extradited From Belarus To Tajikistan

07.10.2019 Activist Faces 'Torture' If Extradited From Belarus To Tajikistan

A group of 11 human rights groups has urged Belarus not to forcibly return a Tajik opposition activist Farhod Odinaev to Tajikistan, where they said he “risks torture or other ill-treatment.”

Parliamentary elections 2019: Report on the formation of precinct election commissions

05.10.2019 Parliamentary elections 2019: Report on the formation of precinct election commissions

On October 2, the authorities completed the formation of the precinct election commissions (PECs), which are an important element of the electoral process directly responsible for the organization of voting and vote counting. A total of 5,785 PECs have been formed, with 63,646 persons selected as their members.

“Justice without Killing”: Events of the Week against the Death Penalty

05.10.2019 “Justice without Killing”: Events of the Week against the Death Penalty

The annual Week against the Death Penalty will be held from 5 to 10 October across Belarus to promote this year’s slogan “Justice without Killing.”

Picks of the week

04.10.2019 Picks of the week

Observers report record low representation of opposition in precinct election commissions; critical blogger unable to pay heavy fine, begs for community service to avoid criminal charges; Supreme Court sets appeal hearing in death convict's case

Death is not justice!

03.10.2019 Death is not justice!

Council of Europe’s Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law has launched a campaign #DeathIsNotJustice in the run-up to October 10th, the World Day against Death Penalty. Famous figures and human rights activists share messages to stress the need for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2019

02.10.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2019

On September 25, the Minsk City Court was to open a closed trial in the criminal case of an activist of the anarchist movement Dzmitry Paliyenka. As a result, the trial was adjourned due to the judge’s illness.

PACE holds hearing on Belarus ahead of November 17 elections

01.10.2019 PACE holds hearing on Belarus ahead of November 17 elections

The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly has arranged a public hearing on the situation of Belarus ahead of this year’s parliamentary elections scheduled for November 17.

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