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The Tula branch of Yabloko submitted its candidates to 11 territorial electoral commissions of the region
Press Release, 27.11.2020

The Tula branch of Yabloko submitted candidacies of the party representiatives to the key eleven territorial electoral commissions of the region. The respective electoral commissions cover 75 per cent of the population of the Tula region. Within a month, the regional electoral commission should complete the formation of electoral commissions.

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“We understand very well that the strategy of those people who form the internal policy in our region is to keep the principled defenders of fair elections out of the electoral commissions. These same people did not let any of our people to the territorial electoral commissions five years ago, despite the fact that many of them had worked in these commissions for ten years or more,” Vladimir Dorokhov, Chairman of the Tula branch of Yabloko, said.

“If they repeat the case and Yabloko is again left without representation in the territorial electoral commissions, this will mean that the authorities are trying to close the upcoming elections from independent eyes. And this, in turn, means that, they no longer count on anything except fraud and ballot-stuffing,” Vladimir Dorokhov added.

It should be noted that, according to the federal legislation, at least half of the composition of electoral commissions must be formed at the suggestion of political parties. However, if the proposals are sent by parties represented in the federal and regional parliaments, the Electoral Commission of the Tula Region is obliged to appoint to their representatives to the territorial electoral commissions, and representatives from all other parties are appointed at the discretion of the commission.

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Yabloko Gender Faction hosted international conference “Situation with Protection of Women’s Rights in the situation of COVID lockdowns. International Experience”
Press Release, 27.11.2020

On 24 November, on the threashold of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) and the launch of this year’s international campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence” Yabloko Gender Faction conducted international on-line conference “...Situation with Protection of Women’s Rights in the situation of COVID lockdowns. International Experience”. The conference was held on the Zoom platform.

The video of the conference is here: https://youtu.be/dRWWdDNguY4

Nikolai Rybakov, Chairman of the Yabloko party, opened the conference. The conference moderators were Olga Radayeva, lawyer and First Deputy Chair of the Gender Faction of Yabloko, and Galina Mikhaleva, Professor of the Russian State Humanities University and Chair of the Gender Faction of the Yabloko party.

Speeches were made by:

Galina Mikhaleva, Chair of the Gender Faction of the Yabloko party, Professor of the Russian State Humanities University

Olga Nemanezhina, Ukraine head of the Rada of Women’s Initiatives NGO, head of the women’s branch of the Sila Ludei (People’s Power) party

Corina Fusu, Moldova, journalist, Political Advisor in the PartidulLiberal party, first Chair of the women’s organization of the party (since 2009), MP (2009-2015), Minister of Education of Moldova (2015-2017)

Tinatin Khidashili, Gerogia, Chair of the Civiс IDEA, Minister of Defence of Georgia (2015-2016)

Eugenia Ivanova, Belarus, Co-Chair of the feminist organisation “Adliga: Women for Full Citizenship”, Co-Editor of the feminist almanac "Women in Politics: New Approaches to Political"

Tanja Jungqvist, Finland, Svenska Folkpartiet party, member of the Incoo Municipal Council, member of the party Council

Olga Shtannikova, Russia, head of the Apparat of the Ombudsman for Human Rights in St.Petersburg, member of the Yabloko party
It should be noted that 25 November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) and on the same day international campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence” starts. The “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” (https://16dayscampaign.org/ ) is an annual international campaign and has been held since 1991. The campaign starts on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign is used as an organising strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. This years activists mark that during the COVID-19 lockdowns, as the world retreated inside homes, reports showed an upsurge in the already existing pandemic of violence against women.

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