News on the topic: elections-2020

Amnesty International: Armed forces have no business in dealing with protests

03.08.2020 Amnesty International: Armed forces have no business in dealing with protests

On 24 July, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka publicly stated that he was prepared to use the Armed Forces to “restore order” and put down street protests and demonstrations. This remark was made in the context of an upcoming presidential election on 9 August, in which the incumbent will be seeking re-election for his sixth term. It follows weeks of mass protests against electoral violations across the country, all of them peaceful except those that were brutally dispersed by the authorities which resulted in isolated incidents of police-provoked violence.

Human Rights Watch: Arrests, Criminal Charges, Police Beatings Ahead of August 9 Presidential Vote in Belarus

31.07.2020 Human Rights Watch: Arrests, Criminal Charges, Police Beatings Ahead of August 9 Presidential Vote in Belarus

Police in Belarus have arbitrarily arrested journalists, bloggers, and political activists ahead of the August 9, 2020 presidential election and pressed charges against two potential candidates, Human Rights Watch said today.

Picks of the week

31.07.2020 Picks of the week

Minsk courts continue to convict innocent people on trumped-up charges; MFA blocks accreditation of foreign reporters ahead of August 9 election; 13 people arrested over July 14 protest

Amnesty International condemns new charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski

31.07.2020 Amnesty International condemns new charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski

As the presidential election on 9 August approaches in Belarus, the authorities are stepping up their crackdown on all dissent without pause. On 30 July, they announced a new criminal investigation against prominent video blogger and opposition politician Siarhei Tsikhanouski.

Tsikhanouski, Statkevich facing more charges

30.07.2020 Tsikhanouski, Statkevich facing more charges

Opposition leader Mikalai Statkevich and critical vlogger Siarhei Tsikhanouski are facing new criminal charges, the Investigative Committee’s official Telegram channel said.

Petitioners, journalists detained near KGB building in Minsk

29.07.2020 Petitioners, journalists detained near KGB building in Minsk

A group of reporters were briefly detained by the police yesterday afternoon, July 29, after they arrived to the KGB headquarters in central Minsk to cover the filing of petitions requesting the release of arrested presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka, baj.by said. The police also detained some 40 people who came to file petitions.

Protect peaceful protesters in Belarus

28.07.2020 Protect peaceful protesters in Belarus

People around the world are deeply disturbed by images, video footage and reports coming out of Belarus, which expose a brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters. Sign the petition demanding that police violence ends now.

EU urges Belarus to release all arbitrarily detained political activists

24.07.2020 EU urges Belarus to release all arbitrarily detained political activists

An ad hoc meeting of EU and Belarus senior officials took place, today, in Brussels. The discussions focused on the situation in the field of human rights and democracy in the context of the upcoming Presidential elections in Belarus on 9 August.

“Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” demand transparency in voting and vote count

22.07.2020 “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” demand transparency in voting and vote count

We once again call on the Belarusian authorities to ensure the full exercise of fundamental human rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Copenhagen Document and other international human rights instruments.

Independent observers banished from polling stations

22.07.2020 Independent observers banished from polling stations

The Central Election Commission has limited the number of observers who will be allowed to monitor the process of voting at polling stations, citing coronavirus statistics as the cause for the controversial decision.

PACE will not observe presidential election in Belarus

21.07.2020 PACE will not observe presidential election in Belarus

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will not send observers to the upcoming August 9 presidential elections in Belarus, despite an invitation from the Belarusian side.

Valery Tsapkala loses registration appeal in Supreme Court hearing

21.07.2020 Valery Tsapkala loses registration appeal in Supreme Court hearing

The Supreme Court confirmed at yesterday’s hearing the July 14 decision by the Central Election Commission, which rejected the presidential nomination bid of Valery Tsapkala, one of Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s key rivals in the August 9 election.

Amnesty International: Misogyny and discrimination fuels vicious campaign against activists ahead of election

17.07.2020 Amnesty International: Misogyny and discrimination fuels vicious campaign against activists ahead of election

The Belarusian authorities must halt their crackdown on all dissent ahead of the presidential election on 9 August, and immediately end their vicious campaign of targeting women activists and family members of political opposition representatives using tactics fueled by misogyny, Amnesty International said today.

Election marred by unprecedented violence, domestic observers say

16.07.2020 Election marred by unprecedented violence, domestic observers say

On July 15, representatives of “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections”, the only domestic non-partisan election observation initiative in Belarus, held an online press conference to report on the first phase of observation of the August 9 presidential election.

2020 Presidential Election. Report on the nomination and registration of presidential candidates

16.07.2020 2020 Presidential Election. Report on the nomination and registration of presidential candidates

Out of seven persons who were nominated as presidential candidates and submitted signatures collected for their nomination, five were registered as candidates. The registration process was marked by violations of the standards of fair elections.

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