2008 30/10

АдукацыяThe contest is aimed at support of educational projects and initiatives of pedagogues, educators and parents. The project terms are: November 2008 – September 2009. The projects can be implemented in different forms, such as the work of youth clubs, meetings, trainings for students, colleagues, local dwellers, organization of research works, elaboration of training aids, etc. Continue reading »

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2008 24/10

Mihal Pastuhoǔ (Biełarus`)Here is an expert’s report by J.D. Professor Mikhail Pastukhou, Honoured Lawyer of the Republic of Belarus and ex-Chaiman of the Constitutional Court, concerning Barys Zvozskau’s Constitutional claim. Continue reading »

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2008 22/10

BierascieOn 1 July a group of members of the NGO ‘Stary Horad’ (liquidated by the Belarusian authorities) addressed the UN Human Rights Committee with individual complaints. Continue reading »

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2008 22/10

BierascieAn activist of the ‘For Freedom’ movement Raman Kisliak addressed Brest city executive committee for authorization of the ‘March of petty hooligans’, which he intended to hold on 30 July. According to the human rights activist, the aim of this action was to draw the public attention to the demands to stop the arrests of democratic activists on false accusations in petty hooliganism. Continue reading »

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2008 21/10

Milicyja j pravaThe workers of the budget sector seem to be lacking money, as they are going to take more of it from common folk after introduction of prepayment for ‘law-enforcement services’. As a result the rights, guaranteed by the Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (particularly, article 19 and 21) will become accessible only in the case of payment for the police services. Then, maybe one soon will have to pay them even for coming to the place of a crime?! For more details see a material from Homel. Continue reading »

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2008 20/10

Дзень правоў чалавекаOn October 20, the Legal Initiative Homel office announced the beginning of an essay contest dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The contest is meant for schoolchildren and university students of Homel, willing to write works covering the subjects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in everyday life and human rights in Belarus. Continue reading »

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2008 19/10

BGKIn the afternoon of 6 October the road policemen of Stoubtsy district police department stopped the car of the deputy chairperson of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Tatsiana Hatsura on the highway Brest-Minsk. Continue reading »

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2008 18/10

KODEKSThe United Democratic Forces have established a working group for elaboration of amendments and supplements to the Electoral and the Criminal Codes, informs the web-site ucpb.org Continue reading »

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2008 18/10

ADSHomel Savetski Borough Prosecutor’s Office admits a brutal violation of the electoral legislation by the borough officials. Continue reading »

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2008 18/10

Alaksiej Łapicki, ŽodzinaThe issue under analysis is still topical, having a definitely practical meaning in the light of the recent events and the post-election resolution by the Council of Europe. The article deals with the issues having an enormous practical significance for the democratization of the society.

Their solution could be a step towards the international community, aimed at the creation of a renewed reputation of Belarus as a sensible and predictable partner, committed to the international standards in the field of civil and political rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in particular.

Thus, to be or not to be: that is the question!

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2008 17/10

Магілеўскі праваабарончы цэнтарThe editorial board received for publication document #9, ‘On violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights’ that was issued by Mahiliou Human Rights Center on 3 June 2008. Continue reading »

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2008 17/10

Leanid Sudalenka (Homiel)‘I undertake a commitment to the people of the Republic of Belarus … in good faith and without bias to protect the constitutional order and the supremacy of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus’ (excerpt from the oath taken by the judges of the Constitutional Court)

There is no denying the fact that the judicial system of Belarus is stagnant. The Constitutional Court has faced serious problems while executing justice. On the one hand, the Court should revere the supremacy of the Constitution, on the other hand … well, first things first. Continue reading »

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2008 14/10

Ambasadar FRG u MienskuOn 14 October the Embassy of Germany suddenly and without any explanations refused to issue Schengen visas to well-known Belarusian human rights activists and journalists Uladzimir Labkovich, Alena Laptsionak and Siarhei Sys. Continue reading »

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2008 12/10

Valancin Stefanovič (Miensk)Lawyer and human rights defender Valiantsin Stefanovic comments on a number of suits filed by Hrodna KGB asking to recognize that the seized printed editions are of extremist nature:

“We observe unprecedented processes when the regional Committee for State Security (KGB) appeals to court under the Code of Civic Procedures, asking to recognize the legal fact that some printed editions are extremist. Among the editions on their list there is the Chronicle Review of Human Rights Violations in Belarus”, published by Viasna in 2004. According to the plaintiffs, it contains pictures from the rallies of anti-Belarusian nature: the Freedom Day, the Chernobyl March, Ancestors’ day, and others. The KGB also thinks the Review contains calls to overthrow the regime in an unconstitutional way. Continue reading »

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2008 02/10

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Aliaksei Lapitski

IN THE LAST ANSWER TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS FROM ZHODZINA THE HEAD OF THE CENTRAL ELECTION COMMISSION LIDZIYA YARMOSHYNA COSCIENTLY AVOIDS SPEAKING OF EVIDENT VIOLATIONS OF THE ELECTION CODE OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS. THERE’S NO USE MENTIONING THE INTERNATIONAL ELECTORAL STANDARDS HERE… SUCH STANDARDS DON’T EXIST FOR BELARUS. THERE ARE SOME IDEOLOGICAL HORRORS AND INSINUATIONS ABOUT THEM, BUT THERE IS NO REAL UNDERSTANDING AND NO POLITICAL WILL FOR THEIR IMPLEMENTATION. HOWEVER, IT’S HIGH TIME THAT ALL INTERNATIONAL UNDERTAKINGS, INCLUDING THE UNDERTAKINGS IN THE POLITICAL SPHERE, BE IMPLEMENTED.
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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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