News for 11 Aug 2020

2020 Presidential Election. Report on election observation. Full text

11.08.2020 2020 Presidential Election. Report on election observation. Full text

The electoral process at all of its stages did not comply with a number of basic international standards for democratic and fair elections and was accompanied by numerous violations of these principles and requirements of national legislation.

FIDH: Police Must Refrain from Excessive Force Against Peaceful Protesters

11.08.2020 FIDH: Police Must Refrain from Excessive Force Against Peaceful Protesters

One person was killed, dozens were hospitalised and hundreds more were detained during mass protests in Belarus following the announcement of preliminary results of yesterday’s presidential elections. Riot police used stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons to crack down on peaceful protesters in Minsk and other cities of Belarus, in violation of international human rights law. FIDH reiterates its call for authorities to refrain from violence against peaceful protesters.

UN chief following post-election developments ‘with great concern’

11.08.2020 UN chief following post-election developments ‘with great concern’

The UN Secretary-General has appealed for restraint in Belarus, where ongoing clashes between police and demonstrators continue following disputed elections held on Sunday.

Amnesty International: Police unleash appalling violence on peaceful protesters

11.08.2020 Amnesty International: Police unleash appalling violence on peaceful protesters

Amnesty International’s delegates in the Belarusian capital Minsk witnessed appalling violence unleashed by riot police on peaceful protesters who took to the streets last night after official announcements on election results, which protesters view as rigged.

“Worst election ever”: Domestic observers sum up disrupted monitoring

11.08.2020 “Worst election ever”: Domestic observers sum up disrupted monitoring

The domestic election observation campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” has presented a report on the interim results of observation of the presidential election at a press conference on August 10. The human rights activists called the 2020 vote “the worst election ever”.

ODIHR gravely concerned at situation in Belarus following presidential election

11.08.2020 ODIHR gravely concerned at situation in Belarus following presidential election

Amidst intimidation and disproportionate police force against protesters in Belarus following reports of serious administrative misconduct during yesterday’s presidential election, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) calls for dialogue and urges the authorities to refrain from violence and to honestly report detailed election results from all polling stations.

Second night of protests: Police violence, more injuries, death confirmed

11.08.2020 Second night of protests: Police violence, more injuries, death confirmed

A protester reportedly died last night during a violent clash between demonstrators and riot police in Prytycki Avenue in Minsk, according to the authorities. The Interior Ministry said the man was killed after he tried to cast a self-made bomb. However, the information is not confirmed by any evidence.

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