News on the topic: elections-2020

Government slashes campaigning locations in attempt to sterilize elections

07.07.2020 Government slashes campaigning locations in attempt to sterilize elections

Following an unprecedented crackdown on presidential nominees and members of their campaign teams, the authorities have opted to minimize the outreach of the upcoming campaigning phase of the presidential election set for August 9.

Human rights groups call to release Babaryka campaign activists

06.07.2020 Human rights groups call to release Babaryka campaign activists

The human rights organizations of Belarus insist on the immediate and unconditional release of Alena Karahachava and Dzmitry Karaka, members of Viktar Babaryka’s campaign team.

UN experts demand end to crackdown on protesters in Belarus ahead of elections

01.07.2020 UN experts demand end to crackdown on protesters in Belarus ahead of elections

UN experts today demanded that Belarus refrains from violence against peaceful protesters ahead of 9 August presidential elections. They urged the Government to abandon its policy of arbitrary arrests, violence and intimidation against civil society activists.

2020 Presidential Election: Report on the formation of precinct election commissions

28.06.2020 2020 Presidential Election: Report on the formation of precinct election commissions

The absence of legal guarantees for equal representation in the election commissions of all political entities participating in the elections, as before, resulted in an arbitrary and discriminatory approach to opposition parties and movements.

“Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” call to stop pressure on independent observers

23.06.2020 “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” call to stop pressure on independent observers

“Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” call to refrain from any form of pressure on independent observers.

Civic Solidarity Platform Statement: Presidential Campaign 2020 in Belarus - Violence, Threats, Detentions

23.06.2020 Civic Solidarity Platform Statement: Presidential Campaign 2020 in Belarus - Violence, Threats, Detentions

OSCE Civic Solidarity Platform Statement

2020 Presidential Election. Weekly observation report: June 15-21

22.06.2020 2020 Presidential Election. Weekly observation report: June 15-21

The presidential election is taking place against the background of a sharp deterioration of the overall human rights situation in the country, in a situation of incessant repression against citizens, including direct participants in the electoral process, which contributes to an atmosphere of fear in society.

Viktar Babaryka charged in criminal case

21.06.2020 Viktar Babaryka charged in criminal case

On June 20, the detained presidential nominee and former CEO of Belgazprombank Viktar Babaryka, who is currently held in the KGB pre-trial prison, faced formal charges in a criminal case, his lawyer Dzmitry Layeuski told interfax.by. The counsel, however, refused to elaborate on the charges, citing a non-disclosure obligation.

Belarusian human rights defenders call to immediately release Viktar Babaryka and members of his nomination group

19.06.2020 Belarusian human rights defenders call to immediately release Viktar Babaryka and members of his nomination group

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

EU urges Belarus to immediately release Viktar Babaryka

19.06.2020 EU urges Belarus to immediately release Viktar Babaryka

Statement on recent developments in Belarus by the Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European External Action Service

Changes in Belarus are truly needed, MEPs say

19.06.2020 Changes in Belarus are truly needed, MEPs say

A group of members of the European Parliament issued a statement on the situation in Belarus, calling on the current government to “listen to the voice of society, which demands change.”

Presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka, campaign chief detained in new criminal case

18.06.2020 Presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka, campaign chief detained in new criminal case

Presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka and his son and campaign chief Eduard were detained this morning by the Department of Financial Investigations of the State Control Committee. The two men were reportedly detained after they arrived at the Central Election Commission building to submit part of the signatures collected to support Babaryka’s presidential nomination.

Violence, threats, detentions. Human rights activists complain to UN special rapporteurs

18.06.2020 Violence, threats, detentions. Human rights activists complain to UN special rapporteurs

The Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" have written to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and a number of UN thematic rapporteurs asking them to take all appropriate measures to assist in improving the current human rights situation in Belarus and also in securing fair and democratic elections.

Siarhei Tsikhanouski facing new charge of “obstructing elections”

17.06.2020 Siarhei Tsikhanouski facing new charge of “obstructing elections”

Popular YouTuber and election campaigner Siarhei Tsikhanouski is facing a new charge of “interfering with elections” (Art. 191 of the Criminal Code), according to a reliable source. The charge carries a range of possible penalties, including imprisonment.

Andrei Novikau called eighth political prisoner in Tsikhanouski case

15.06.2020 Andrei Novikau called eighth political prisoner in Tsikhanouski case

Representatives of the country’s leading human rights organizations, including Viasna, have named Andrei Novikau, volunteer of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s nomination team, another political prisoner after on June 12 he faced official charges of “disturbing public order” during an election picket on May 29 in Hrodna.

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