News on the topic: elections-2020

EaP CSF report: Presidential elections in Belarus not free or fair

02.09.2020 EaP CSF report: Presidential elections in Belarus not free or fair

The Monitoring Mission to Belarus of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum has released a report on political and societal developments in Belarus during the presidential election 2020.

Over 60 protesters facing criminal charges across Belarus

21.08.2020 Over 60 protesters facing criminal charges across Belarus

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” knows the names of over sixty persons arrested in various cities of Belarus on criminal charges following the post-election protests.

HRDs call to release political prisoners held on rioting charges

19.08.2020 HRDs call to release political prisoners held on rioting charges

Joint statement of the Belarusian human rights organizations

OSCE/ODIHR alarmed by increasing threats to human rights in Belarus following presidential election

19.08.2020 OSCE/ODIHR alarmed by increasing threats to human rights in Belarus following presidential election

Following the large-scale arrests of peaceful protestors in Belarus together with disturbing reports of violent physical abuse, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) calls for the immediate release of all those who have been unlawfully detained and a prompt and impartial investigation into alleged human rights abuses.

KGB arrests another member of Babaryka’s campaign team

18.08.2020 KGB arrests another member of Babaryka’s campaign team

Siarhei Mikheyonak, a member of Viktar Babaryka’s campaign team, was arrested by the KGB on August 12, nn.by said. The 48-year-old activist collected signatures in support of the presidential nominee and was also registered as an election observer.

UK does not accept results of Belarusian presidential elections

17.08.2020 UK does not accept results of Belarusian presidential elections

Foreign Secretary statement on Belarusian Presidential elections

People are seeking change in Belarus. Instead, they’re being mercilessly beaten and detained

14.08.2020 People are seeking change in Belarus. Instead, they’re being mercilessly beaten and detained

Usually when you walk the streets of central Minsk late at night, it seems like a very youthful city. Now, few people over 30 are out and about. Police apparently have license to hunt anyone who has the audacity to be outside.

Post-election protests. Day 4

13.08.2020 Post-election protests. Day 4

Around 700 people were detained last night after riot police again violently dispersed dozens of peaceful protests in Minsk and other cities of Belarus, including Hrodna, Mahilioŭ, Homieĺ, Brest, Viciebsk, Barysaŭ, Baranavičy, Babrujsk, Lida, Fanipaĺ, Rahačoŭ, Navapolack, Smaliavičy, etc

UN Human Rights Chief condemns violent response of Belarus to post-electoral protests

13.08.2020 UN Human Rights Chief condemns violent response of Belarus to post-electoral protests

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday condemned the violent response of the Belarusian authorities to the peaceful demonstrations held across the country in the aftermath of the presidential election and called for people’s grievances to be heard.

Belarus: Violence, Abuse in Response to Election Protests

12.08.2020 Belarus: Violence, Abuse in Response to Election Protests

Belarus security forces viciously beat and detained largely peaceful protesters over the country’s election outcome on August 9 and 10, 2020, Human Rights Watch said on August 11.

EU: Belarus elections were neither free nor fair

12.08.2020 EU: Belarus elections were neither free nor fair

EU calls on Belarusian political leadership to initiate a genuine and inclusive dialogue with broader society to avoid further violence. The EU will continue to support a democratic, independent, sovereign, prosperous and stable Belarus.

1,000 detained on third night of protests

12.08.2020 1,000 detained on third night of protests

Around a thousand protesters were reportedly detained last night after riot police dispersed dozens of local demonstrations in 25 cities across the country. Fifty demonstrators were injured and had to seek medical assistance, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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.

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