August 26, 2004

Parliamentary Election in Belarus: Human Rights Center “Viasna” Analyses Registration of Initiative

The public association “Human Rights Center “Viasna” that was liquidated by the Supreme Court of Republic of Belarus in 2003 continues its activity. On 24 August the lawyers of the organization completed the analysis of one of the stages of the election into the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of Republic of Belarus (Parliament) and presented its results at Viasna´s web site. (26-AUG-04)

August 18, 2004

Russian Orthodox Church Rewards Police Colonel, Suspected in Kidnaps

Zmitser Pawlichenka, suspected of abduction and possible murder of Lukashenka’s political opponents, was awarded with the order of the Russian Orthodox Church. Families of the disappeared are indignant about the award. (18-AUG-2004)

August 18, 2004

Illustration to Work of of Electoral Commissions in Belarus

The election into the Parliament of Republic of Belarus will take place on 4 October. District electoral commissions have been already formed and have begun registration of candidates’ initiative groups. This stage has never been a problem before. As a rule, all initiative groups were registered during all previous elections. Now some district election commissions insistently refuse to register the groups. It has become a real problem for some well-known regional activists.

August 5, 2004

Parliamentary Election in Belarus: Forming of Circuit Electoral Commissions

The stage of forming of circuit electoral commissions for election into the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of Republic of Belarus is over. Only 2,1% of the members of the commissions that are established by local administrations, belong to oppositional parties. The authorities openly ignored oppositional candidates for membership in the commissions. (05-AUG-04)

August 3, 2004

War on Education? (02-AUG-04)

Belarusian authorities took a number of repressive steps against uncontrolled educational and cultural activity in the Republic of Belarus – liquidation of European Humanities University and deportation of British professor Alan Flowers.

July 29, 2004

Authorities Tighten Control over Information on the Eve of Parliamentary Election (29-JULY-04)

The election into the Chamber of Representatives of the Belarusian Parliament will take place on 14 October. The authorities are getting ready to it – the wave of repressions increases.

July 22, 2004

Police Detain and Beat People at Protest Action in Minsk (22-JULY-04)

On 21 July there turned 10 years of the rule of Aliaksandr Lukashenka. Belarusian opposition held a peaceful action of protest in the center of the capital. The meeting was violently dispersed by special police forces.

July 9, 2004

Belarusian Human Rights Activists Inquire into Possibility to Judge Belarusian Officials Abroad (09-

Human Rights Center “Viasna” has applied to Mr. Sidiki Kaba, President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) asking for juridical consultation and assistance in bringing of criminal cases against the duty officials of Belarus who are suspected in kidnaps and possible lynching of four opponents of Lukashenka´s regime.

July 2, 2004

Secret Services To Get More Powers?

Belarusian Parliament adopted the law about State Security Services, which gives new powers and guarantees to workers of secret services. (03-JULY-04)