2012

WARSAW, 25 September 2012 – OSCE PA President Riccardo Migliori issued the following statement today regarding arrests of Georgian opposition figures and civil society activists in the lead-up to the country's parliamentary elections on 1 October. "With less than one week to the important parliamentary elections in Georgia, I am very concerned with recent reports by media and civil society groups of numerous arrests of activists associated with

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RFE/RL 25 September 2012 The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says it has "serious concerns" over weekend parliamentary elections in Belarus in which not a single opposition candidate won a seat in parliament. The OSCE said on September 24 that the poll was "not competitive from the start." "Many democratic rights" were not respected, the group's observers said in a statement. Most opposition parties had pulled their

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Civil.ge 25 September 2012 OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Riccardo Migliori expressed concern over arrests of opposition activists in lead up to the October 1 parliamentary elections. "With less than one week to the important parliamentary elections in Georgia, I am very concerned with recent reports by media and civil society groups of numerous arrests of activists associated with the opposition," Migliori said in a written statement on

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Associated Press 24 September 2012 By YURAS KARMANAU MINSK, Belarus (AP) — International vote observers condemned parliamentary elections in Belarus as lacking in competition and said Monday that potential candidates were denied the right to speak, organize and run for office. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said in its assessment of Sunday's election that the vote did not meet international standards. Belarus'

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Washington Post 24 September 2012 International observers on Monday condemned a weekend vote in Belarus in which not a single opposition politician won a parliament seat. The election looks set to deepen the former Soviet nation's diplomatic isolation. Critics also said the 74.3 percent turnout reported Monday by the country's Central Elections Commission chairman was way too high and indicated widespread fraud. The main opposition parties,

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New York Times 24 September 2012 By Andrew Kramer Supporters of President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko won every seat in Parliament in an election over the weekend that, as many in post-Soviet authoritarian states, was widely seen as rigged, if perhaps a little less so than before. The chairman of the Central Election Commission said the turnout was 74 percent, despite calls for a boycott by two opposition parties. Other opposition figures were

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