2008 02/10

Vasil Palakou (Homiel)Immediately after the results of the election were made public, it became clear that there was no use hoping for any changes. The authorities’ flirting with Europe could have ruined the plans of the pro-democratic coalition, but the actual state of affairs was the evidence of the government’s unwillingness to tolerate any democratic reform of the election procedures.

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2008 29/09

Выбарчы марафон завершаны - фокуснік задаволены вынікамMinsk, September 29th, 2008

Elections to the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, 4th convocation.
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2008 10/09

Аляксей Лапіцкі, 2007What runs the show in Belarusian courts: ideological expediency or the Law?

A number of Zhodzina human rights activists have submitted a claim to the Un Human Rights Committee to protect their civil and political rights.

The UN office in Belarus has considered the claim and submitted it for the further consideration of the Geneva-based Human Rights Committee.

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2008 20/08

Аляксей Лапіцкі, 2007‘Legal opportunities and obstacles on the way of implementing international and constitutional law in the Belarusian civil and criminal legal proceedings.’

Some would say the possibility of implementing the legal instruments of international and constitutional law in the Belarusian judiciary is nothing but a joke, for it really seems to be pure fantasy or fairy-tales…

As a matter of fact, some experts think that the legal sphere dealing with civil rights and freedoms is, for today’s Belarus, rather an ideological than a legal issue – it is normally viewed through the lenses of ideological expediency and the absolute authority of the executive power. Meanwhile, judges are perceived as appointed pro-government officials… Continue reading »

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2008 23/03

_dzv_02.jpgThe unprecedented trial that is about to commence in Zhodzina is likely to turn into an ambiguous and highly complicated venture. A number of local human rights activists lodged a claim against several plainclothes policemen, who disturbed public order and violated the rights of Zhodzina residents during the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Belarusian People’s Republic on 23 March, 2008. The victims include journalist Dzianis Borykau and the BPF’s local office leaders Sviatlana and Aliaksei Lapitskis. Continue reading »

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2008 16/01

Vasil PaliakouWhen speaking about restricting human rights, one always runs the risk of feeling alerted and anxious. Human rights are a universal value and any restriction of these rights may undermine the essence of the value. However, according to the famous Polish human rights activist Marek Novicky, as far the European law is concerned, such anxiety is groundless, since restrictions are a fact and they should exist, but their amount and manifestation is to be carefully controlled. [4, 22-23]

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2008 16/01

Vasil PaliakouIn autumn 2006 the UN Human Rights Committee condemned the decision by the Belarusian authorities to close down the Homel Regional Public Association ‘Civil Initiatives’ and called upon the government of Belarus to rehabilitate its rights. As yet, things appear to be where they started.
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