Syarhey KARALEVICH

House passes amendments liberalizing Criminal Code’s economic crime section

The House of Representatives on Wednesday gave second-reading approval to a bill of amendments that would liberalize the Criminal Code’s articles penalizing economic crimes.

Authorities performing balancing act between their interests and human rights

The Belarusian authorities are performing a balancing act between their interests and human rights respect, Valyantsin Stefanovich, deputy chairman of the Vyasna Human Rights Center, told BelaPAN on the occasion of 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Police arrest initiators of BNR centenary procession

Police in Minsk on March 21 arrested opposition leaders Uladzimir Nyaklyayew, Vyachaslaw Siwchyk and Maksim Vinyarski for the apparent purpose of preventing a procession in commemoration of the Belarusian National Republic (BNR).

Authorities grant permission for rally, concert on BNR centenary

The Minsk City Executive Committee has granted permission for holding a rally and a concert in front of the National Grand Opera and Ballet Theater on March 25 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the independence of the Belarusian National Republic (BNR).

Authorities report voter turnout of 77.05 percent in local elections

As many as 5,333,613 people, or 77.05 percent of all eligible voters, cast their ballots in Belarus’ February 13-18 elections for local soviets (councils), according to the central election commission.

Yarmoshyna: Next presidential, parliamentary elections should be held separately

It is fundamentally important to ensure that the next presidential election and the next parliamentary ballot are not held in a short space of time, Lidziya Yarmoshyna, head of the central election commission, told BelaPAN

Lukashenka urges OSCE PA to contribute to solution of problems in Europe

Alyaksandr Lukashenka called on the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to contribute to the solution of problems in Europe while he was speaking at the opening ceremony for the Assembly’s 26th Annual Session in Minsk on July 5.

Traditional Chernobyl anniversary march staged in Minsk

More than 500 opposition supporters and environmental activists took part in an authorized march in Minsk on Wednesday to mark the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Minsk government grants permission for march against “parasite” tax

The Minsk City Executive Committee has granted permission for staging a “march of non-parasites” in Minsk on March 15 (Belarus’ Constitution Day) in protest of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s decree against “social parasites.”

Lukashenka: Belarus will not quit integration blocs with Russia

Media reports claiming that Belarus intends to quit integration blocs with Russia are not true, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said at a lengthy news conference in Minsk on February 3.

Opposition activists stage “National Flag Avenue” demonstration

Opposition activists staged a demonstration in downtown Minsk on Monday evening, marking the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the white-red-white flag and the Pahonya emblem as Belarus’ state symbols.

Two opposition candidates gain House of Representatives seats

  Two opposition candidates gained seats in the 110-member House of Representatives as a result of the September 6-11 elections, according to the central election commission.

Over 31 percent said to have voted early in parliamentary elections

As many as 31.29 percent of all eligible voters cast their ballots during the September 6-10 early voting period in Belarus` elections for the House of Representatives, reported the central election commission.

Ongoing elections have been most democratic since 2000, top election official says

The ongoing elections for the House of Representatives have been the most democratic in the country since 2000, Lidziya Yarmoshyna, head of the central election commission, told reporters in Minsk on Wednesday after casting her ballot at a polling station in Electoral District No.

Market vendors demand talks with Lukashenka

Market vendors demanded on Monday talks with Alyaksandr Lukashenka to discuss his presidential edict that paralyzed their business at the start of this year.

Over 500 stallholders stage rally in central Vitsyebsk

More than 500 stallholders in the Vitsyebsk region staged a rally near the regional executive committee's office in Vitsyebsk on Thursday morning to demand the abolition of a presidential edict that has brought the operation of markets and shopping center

Market vendors in Brest give authorities ultimatum

Market vendors in Brest will reopen their stalls only after Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s edict that bans the sale of goods without accompanying documents is abolished, stallholder Larysa Bytsko told BelaPAN after a meeting between a group of vendors and a loca

Four presidential hopefuls put on ballot

The central election commission on Thursday granted registration as presidential candidates to four out of the six contenders.

Presidential election set for October 11

The House of Representatives of the Belarusian National Assembly unanimously voted Tuesday to set October 11 as the date for a presidential election.

Kobryn-based opposition activist Ales Mekh launches presidential bid

Apart from Mr. Mekh, six persons have already announced their intention to run in this year’s presidential election...

Opposition activists stage Chernobyl anniversary march in Minsk

Opposition activists staged a traditional demonstration in Minsk on Sunday to mark the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident...

Opposition activist Dzyadok to stand trial in prison

Mikalay Dzyadok, who is widely viewed as a political prisoner, is expected to stand trial soon for allegedly violating prison rules.

Rights defender Byalyatski set to resume his work

Human rights defender Ales Byalyatski announced on Monday that he would resume his work following his early release from prison.

Rights defender Byalyatski set to resume his work

Human rights defender Ales Byalyatski announced on Monday that he would resume his work following his early release from prison.

Byalyatski released under amnesty law

Human rights defender Ales Byalyatski spent a total of 1,050 days behind bars.