2020 Presidential Election. Report on the formation of territorial election commissions

23.05.2020 2020 Presidential Election. Report on the formation of territorial election commissions

A peculiarity of this year’s election is the context of the coronavirus pandemic, which affected the process of nominating representatives of parties and public associations and the procedure for holding meetings of the bodies that formed the TECs.

Supreme Court confirms death sentence for Kostseu brothers

22.05.2020 Supreme Court confirms death sentence for Kostseu brothers

The Supreme Court of Belarus has upheld today the double death sentence handed down to Stanislau and Illia Kostseu charged with murdering their former schoolteacher in April 2019. The death verdicts have become final.

2020 Presidential Election. Report on the registration of nomination groups

21.05.2020 2020 Presidential Election. Report on the registration of nomination groups

55 applications were submitted to the CEC to request the registration of groups formed to nominate future presidential candidates, which is an all-time record in the history of Belarusian presidential elections.

CEC approves 15 nomination groups in August 9 presidential election

20.05.2020 CEC approves 15 nomination groups in August 9 presidential election

The Central Election Commission has registered 15 groups formed to support the nominations of future presidential candidates. These include the incumbent Aliaksandr Lukashenka, former Belgazprombank CEO Viktar Babaryka, ex-MP Hanna Kanapatskaya, BSDH party leader Siarhei Cherachen, United Civil Party chairman Mikalai Kazlou, and Tell the Truth leader Andrei Dzmitryeu.

Political prisoner Pilip Shaurou walks free after mild sentence

19.05.2020 Political prisoner Pilip Shaurou walks free after mild sentence

The court of the Centraĺny district of Minsk has sentenced Pilip Shaurou, activist of the Young Front opposition group earlier called a political prisoner by Belarusian human rights defenders, to a fine of 1,350 rubles, finding him guilty of criminal vandalism and property damage.

2020 Presidential Election. Weekly observation report: May 8-17

18.05.2020 2020 Presidential Election. Weekly observation report: May 8-17

The election is taking place against the background of the coronavirus pandemic, which is a serious challenge carrying enormous risks for lives of both the direct participants in the electoral process and other citizens of the country as a whole.

Harassment of Viasna activists continues

15.05.2020 Harassment of Viasna activists continues

Ales Burakou, member of Viasna’s office in Mahilioŭ, has been detained today over his alleged involvement in protests held on May 5 and 6.

Viasna insists on immediate release of its arrested members

13.05.2020 Viasna insists on immediate release of its arrested members

Statement of the Board of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Minsk - May 12, 2020

Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters Mars Beginning of Presidential Campaign Season

13.05.2020 Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters Mars Beginning of Presidential Campaign Season

The campaign season for Belarus’ presidential elections, scheduled for August 9, saw sweeping repression against civil society by authorities. Over the past week, authorities arbitrarily detained over 100 peaceful protesters across Belarus, charging them with administrative fines and arrests.

Human rights defenders, protesters convicted across Belarus

12.05.2020 Human rights defenders, protesters convicted across Belarus

Several human rights defenders and opposition activists have been sentenced to short terms of detention or fined following trials held today in various parts of Belarus. These include Viasna’s activists Aliaksandr Burakou in Mahilioŭ and Uladzimir Vialichkin in Brest.

120 people affected by new crackdown on peaceful protesters

11.05.2020 120 people affected by new crackdown on peaceful protesters

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” is aware of at least 120 new cases of persecution targeting peaceful protesters documented since May 6, after police arrested critical vlogger Siarhei Tsikhanouski in Mahilioŭ.

Picks of the week

09.05.2020 Picks of the week

Authorities target critical bloggers and peaceful protesters as Parliament sets presidential election for August 9

Presidential election set for August 9

08.05.2020 Presidential election set for August 9

The House of Representatives, Belarusian Parliament’s lower chamber, has set a date for the presidential election today, the government-run BelTA news agency said. The vote will be held on August 9.

Political prisoner Pilip Shaurou released pending trial set for May 18

07.05.2020 Political prisoner Pilip Shaurou released pending trial set for May 18

Pilip Shaurou, activist of the Young Front opposition group facing criminal vandalism charges, has been released from pre-trial detention to await trial. The hearing is scheduled for May 18.

Officials hold back COVID-19 facts from media and the public

06.05.2020 Officials hold back COVID-19 facts from media and the public

The state propaganda accuses its private counterparts of misinformation and escalation, and the authorities threaten reporters with penalties. Meanwhile, officials have built a ‘wall of silence’ to suppress information about the COVID-19 crisis, Belarusian Association of Journalists said.

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