Belarus

Belarusian EPDE members BHC and HRC Viasna publish first election monitoring' report

 

Analytical weekly report on the results of observation: June 7-12

 

Election observation is carried out by activists of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" within the campaign “Human Rights Defenders For Free Elections”.

CONCLUSIONS

- the 2016 parliamentary elections started against the background of a difficult geopolitical situation in the world and Europe, primarily in connection with the Russian-Ukrainian conflict;

- the elections are accompanied by adverse trends in the social and economic development of Belarus;

- the campaign has a more favorable domestic political background as compared to last year's presidential election;

- the Belarusian authorities have not abandoned the repressive practices against opponents of the regime: peacefulprotesters are still subjected to administrative responsibility, political parties and public associations are still denied official registration, other civil and political rights of citizens are restricted;

- the Belarusian authorities have not taken any measures aimed at systemic and qualitative changes in the field of human rights, especially at the legislative level;

- during the preparation for the elections, the Belarusian authorities took into account only a few recommendations made by the OSCE ODIHR and the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" following the observation of the previous campaign.

See here for more information:

“Human Rights Defenders For Free Elections”

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