2016 15/06


The need for interaction between civil society and governments to improve legislation for the prevention and avoidance of additional problems again becomes clear and obvious. Continue reading »

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2016 15/06


Previously we have written about the non-conformity of the Belarusian Law “On Mass Events” with the international standards of freedom of movements. But the process of their implementation in a broad sense is a main theme for a big research.
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2016 08/06


The Committee on the norms and standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) drew the attention of the Belarusian authorities to the need to bring national legislation into conformity with the requirements of the ILO Convention № 29, which stated prohibition of forced labor. Continue reading »

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2016 07/06


Decisions of local Executive Committees “on the order of holding mass events” are contrary to the norms of ICCPR and national laws.
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2016 07/06


On June 6 Baranavičy citizens appealed to the local executive committee with the appeal to amend the decision of Baranavičy city executive committee “On mass events in the city of Baranavičy”. Continue reading »

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2016 03/06


Połack trade union activists have filed a complaint to Viciebsk court on a prejudiced decision of Połack judges Julija Kałasoŭskaja and Vital Łapko. The processing on the complaints will be held on June 15 in Viciebsk.
Trade union leaders are asking Viciebsk court to call off the fines (5 million and 6 million Belarusian rubles) and to stop the case for lack of offense. Continue reading »

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2016 25/05


How to resist the closeness of local representative bodies and defend our right to receive a complete, reliable and timely information. Continue reading »

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2016 24/05


Svietłahorsk wheelchair activist Jury Lašenka wrote a personal complaint to the UN Committee on Human Rights.
He will protect his right to freedom of expression in the international court, because he did not find protection of his rights within the country. Continue reading »

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2016 17/05

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In 2012, a reporter and then a student of journalism department Anton Surapin spent a month in the KGB detention center for allegedly aiding the teddy bear air drop team. Continue reading »

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2016 06/05

Today, on May 6, 2016, after  the new facts of violation of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Zinaida Šumilina,the chairman of Homiel regional branch of the United Civil Party (UCP)appealed again to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) by herself and other members of the party. Continue reading »

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2016 06/05


This document is developed by the OSCE and includes the basic standards and guarantees in the implementation of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. Continue reading »

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2016 02/05


In Połack the picket took place in support of the deputy chairman of the Republican Free Trade Union of Belarus Mikałaj Šarach – the assistant craftsman in the Section 7 at the enterprise “Połacak-Škłovałakno” with whom the administration refuses to renew the working contract. Continue reading »

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2016 26/04


Leaflets with such a title were distributed on Saturday in Połacak near the entrance of the enterprise “Škłovałakno” by the activists of Belarusian Free Trade Union.
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2016 26/04


European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) recognized the detention of one-man picketers in Russia violation of Article of the Convention on Human Rights and awarded them € 35 thousand. Continue reading »

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2016 25/04

Today human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka appealed to the UN Committee on Human Rights with an individual complaint. Continue reading »

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2016 17/04

During the recent year Hrodna activists have been appealing for pickets several times. One of these them was Jezhy Hryhenchy application for holding a picket on the new housing utility tariffs. All applications were on social issues and were appealed to be held in approved local authority areas. However, all of them were banned. Continue reading »

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2016 14/04

Any Belarusian, at least a little interested in social and political affairs of the country, could many times hear the news about the arrest for violating the order of organizing or holding mass events (Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code). Continue reading »

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2016 13/04


Below is a summary and 28 minutes of video (Rus.) Continue reading »

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2016 12/04

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2016 11/04

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During the preliminary hearing the representative of Slutsak District Council of Deputies defended the legality of blocking of the standard-setting initiatives of the local democratic activist Vital Amialkovich in support of the right to peaceful assembly. Continue reading »

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2016 05/04

The headquarters of the Department of Ideological work, Culture and Youth Affairs of Minsk Regional Executive Committee believe that in Borisov region “all is well” with Belarusian language. Continue reading »

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2016 04/04

piket-2016-04-02Eleven people have been charged with illegal picketing for staging a protest outside the Russian embassy in Minsk on April 2. Continue reading »

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2016 03/04

Deputy Chairman of the United Civil Party (UCP) Vasil Paliakou on April 2 sent a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee, claiming about discrimination on political grounds and arbitrary interference with his privacy. Continue reading »

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2016 01/04

350_SVmABR_apr-KR_OK_IMG_9464Representatives of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” received a response from the Central Election Commission to their proposals on the implementation of the OSCE ODIHR recommendations, which is contrary to previous statements made by Lidziya Yarmoshyna in the media. Continue reading »

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2016 30/03

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Prominent human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev, who has been imprisoned in Azerbaijan since 2014, was expected to be released on March 28 after his jail term was changed to a suspended sentence. Continue reading »

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2016 25/03

700img_2825The Court of Minsk’s Centraĺny district heard yesterday the cases of 17 opposition activists charged with joining a series of protests staged by entrepreneurs in Minsk in late February and early March. Continue reading »

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2016 24/03


Administrative punishments for exercising right to peaceful assembly and expression of opinion in Belarus continues. Continue reading »

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2016 21/03

89D0813A-11BA-48B4-8A3B-AB4D77A69503_cx0_cy14_cw0_mw1024_s_n_r1RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Members of the Joint Mobile Group and journalists attacked in Ingushetia Continue reading »

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2016 15/03

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“A world without the death penalty will not be weaker, it will only improve,” said Andrea Rigoni, representative of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, in his speech at today’s international conference in Minsk. Continue reading »

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2016 03/03

logo_belThe experts underline that in their work they focused on the recommendations of the OSCE/ODIHR that don’t require introducing respective amendments into the Electoral Code and other legislative acts, i.e. they can be implemented before the electoral campaign of the next parliamentary elections kicks off, by means of regulations of the Central Electoral Committee. Continue reading »

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2016 03/03

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The Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the other undersigned members of the Sport for Rights coalition express serious concern regarding the on-going disciplinary case against Yalchin Imanov, a prominent human rights lawyer in Azerbaijan. Continue reading »

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2016 03/03

It’s very complicated… when oligarchs or the modern “kings” in power believe that only they have exclusive rights for Human Rights.
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2016 03/03

ilia-vilnia27-28 February, International experts joined ILIA program lawyers from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine to discuss the application of UN and Council of Europe human rights mechanisms. Continue reading »

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2016 02/03

Kadr_2_Ez_PavSapielka_470aprThe Human Rights Center “Viasna” has analyzed the situation in places of detention in Belarus and prepared a report on the results of monitoring in 2015. Continue reading »

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2016 01/03

Human Rights House Network’s Anna Innocenti delivered a statement to a panel discussion at the Human Rights Council. Continue reading »

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2016 01/03

Through the appeal to the UN Committee on Human Rights (UNCHR) Vitsebsk member of the Conservative Christian Party BNF Jan Dziarzhautsau managed to defend his rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Continue reading »

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2016 29/02

united_nations1Due to appeal to the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) Viciebsk member of the Conservative Christian Party BPF Jan Dzyarzhautsau managed to defend their rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly. Continue reading »

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2016 29/02

united_nations1The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint by Kanstantsin Zhukouski, a freelance journalist in Homieĺ, who was fined for covering a protest in Svietlahorsk in November 2014. Continue reading »

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2016 28/02

Legislation severely restricting freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly remained in place. Journalists continued to face harassment.

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2016 26/02

lawtrend_asambleyaThe Assembly of Democratic NGOs and the Center for Legal Transformation Lawtrend have prepared an annual report “Freedom of Associations and Legal Conditions for Non-Profit Organizations In Belarus”. Continue reading »

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2016 21/02

Mikola_BLP_w470abr_r1_s_apr-3_APIn Połacak February 13 local lawyers and human rights activists have signed an agreement on joint activities. Human rights activists have joined together to provide free assistance to residents of Połacak. In an economic downturn citizens are increasingly in need of legal protection of their rights, but do not have enough finances to pay for a lawyer. Continue reading »

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2016 18/02

In accordance with Article 8 of the Criminal Executive Code, which enshrines the foundations of the legal status of convicted persons, the State guarantees the protection of the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of convicts, provides the statutory conditions of application of punishments and other measures of criminal responsibility in relation to convicts, guarantees social justice, their social, legal and other protection. Continue reading »

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2016 17/02

The Belarusian government has responded to a complaint submitted the UN Human Rights Committee by Volha Hrunova, the mother of Aliaksandr Hrunou, who was executed in 2014.
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2016 12/02

 

A film about human rights defender Ales Bialiatski from the documentary series A Heart That Never Dies by filmmakers Erling Borgen of Norway and Tom Heinemann of Denmark is available online. Continue reading »

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2016 10/02
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Miklós Haraszti, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus

GENEVA (9 February 2016) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, today warned that opposition leaders, human rights activists, journalists, and many other citizens have been subjected to harassment, administrative procedures and fines since the October presidential election.

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2016 09/02

Юры Рубцоў (Менск, Дзяды - 2013)The Belarusian government has responded to a complaint submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee on behalf of former political prisoner Yury Rubtsou. The letter says that Rubtsou was not prosecuted for expressing his opinion, but for disobeying a lawful order from a police officer. Continue reading »

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2016 05/02

At the end of December 2015 the UN Human Rights Council has registered a complaint Viciebsk resident Peter Berlinov. Continue reading »

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2016 03/02

Freelance journalist Natallia Kryvashei complains to UN Human Rights Committee Continue reading »

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2016 31/01

human-rights-watch1“President Aliaksander Lukashenka released on humanitarian grounds six opposition figures who had been imprisoned on politically motivated charges, but the overall human rights situation in Belarus in 2015 did not improve,” said Human Rights Watch in its annual World Report 2016. Continue reading »

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2016 28/01

As the author to the Belarusian deputies Ales Dzerhachou notes, “The constitutional right of Belarusians to defend their rights through international organizations such as the UN Human Rights Committee, will remain only “the postal service”. Continue reading »

2016 27/01

Chairman of the NGO “Pakt” Mikhal Pastukhou

Public human rights association “pact” was trying to get official status in Belarus, but was refused. Continue reading »

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2016 22/01

The United Nations on their site presented a convenient for any audience and a very illustrative descriptive material (booklet) on the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which, including the visual form, provides information on all the treaty bodies in the field of human rights and United Nations Human Rights Committee as well.
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2016 16/01

A complaint submitted by human rights activist Leanid Markhotka to challenge a ban on a street protest imposed by the authorities of Salihorsk in December 2014 will be considered by the UN Human Rights Council. Continue reading »

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2016 15/01

On January 12, the Homieĺ District Court sentenced local journalist Larysa Shchyrakova to a fine of 4.6 mln rubles on charges of violating Article 22.9 of the Administrative Code (illegal manufacture of media products, and working without accreditation for foreign media). Continue reading »

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2016 13/01

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint submitted by Aliaksandar Protska, a resident of Homieĺ who attempted to stage a protest against the charges his daughter faced for alleged human trafficking. The communication has been sent to the State for comments on the merits. Continue reading »

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2016 11/01

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has written to the Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Uladzimir Makei urging the government to respect the country’s international obligations within the framework of the United Nations and to take steps to implement key requirements of the Human Rights Committee in the case of Ales Bialiatski, including the registration of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and cancellation of his criminal record. Continue reading »

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2016 10/01

Human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka has received a decision adopted at the autumn session of the UN Human Rights Committee in case No. Continue reading »

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2016 10/01

On December 24, journalist Larysa Shchyrakova was charged with illegal manufacture of media products (Article 22.9 of the Administrative Code) for the TV channel “Belsat”. Continue reading »

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2015 30/11

Intigam Aliyev, President of the Legal Education Society (LES), Azerbaijan, and a member of the Council of Europe’s Expert Council on non-governmental organisation (NGO) law, was today named the winner of the 2015 International Bar Association (IBA) Human Rights Award. Continue reading »

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2015 07/05

European Humanities University (EHU) Lecturer Liudmila Ulyashyna has successfully defended her dissertation International Legal Standards in the Field of Human Rights and Their Implementation: Doctrinal and Practical Study at Vilnius University.

She works as a lawyer and manages the “International Law in Advocacy” program at the Oslo-based Human Rights House Network. In this interview with EHU she discusses her work and the development of human rights law. Continue reading »

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2015 16/04

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VIENNA, 16 April 2015 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today condemned the sentencing of Rasul Jafarov, a free expression and free media advocate and human rights defender in Azerbaijan, to six and a half years in a penal colony. Continue reading »

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2015 27/02

A number of Belarusian NGOs have published a report prepared by graduates and experts of the Human Rights House Network’s program “International Law in Advocacy” as a result of a study entitled “Efficiency of the Use of International Human Rights Mechanisms in Respect of Belarus”. Continue reading »

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2015 22/02

Human rights activist Pavel Levinau received a message stating that the complaint distributor of the newspaper “Vitebsk courier” Mikhail Zhuravlev registered. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations informed of registration under number 2495/2014 submitted to the HRC communications under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Continue reading »

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2015 18/02

On 18 February, Yury Varonezhtsau, a resident of Homel who sent a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee, received a message from Geneva saying that his communication had been accepted by the Committee for consideration. The United Nations Human Rights Committee says it has registered the complaint authored together with human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka. The complaint dealt with a ban on a street rally in support of political prisoner Ales Bialiatski expected to be held in Homel on 4 August 2013.
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2015 11/02

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint by a Homel activist of the United Civil Party Eduard Neliubovich, who appeals a ban on a street procession in support of the Ukrainian people and its wish to live in the European Union. He also appeals the prohibition of a picket in support of Ales Bialiatski and his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Continue reading »

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2015 10/02

This is the conclusion made by local human rights defenders and civil society activists after familiarizing with the new ruling of the Baranavichy City Executive Committee of December 29, 2014 № 3778 “On mass events in Baranavichy and Repeal of certain decisions of the Baranavichy City Executive Committee”. Continue reading »

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2015 06/02

Human rights defenders from Biaroza applied for conducting agreements with the hospital, public utility sector and police for service during pickets on March 9th and March 25th. Continue reading »

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2015 05/02

Representatives of the leading Belarusian human rights organizations met with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Belarus Miklos Haraszti. The event was held on February 2-3 in Vilnius as the Belarusian authorities do not recognize the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur and don’t let him visit Belarus. Continue reading »

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2015 31/01

Head of Non-governmental Organizations Department of Ministry of Justice Alena Kiryczenka considers that Optional Protocol to International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights doesn’t put legal duties to perform decisions of Human Rights Committee on the state.
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2015 30/01

Are there neo-Nazi’s followers in the authorities of Belarus? Is it possible? Can it be true that this virus has invaded frowsy corridors of nomenclative and clannish pro-Kremlin “hierarchy” that isn’t renovated according to law and that is corrupt, anti-Belarusian and anticonstitutional as the matter of fact?!!

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2015 29/01

After a series of circuit court hearings held at the police department of the Tsentralny district in Minsk, which caused much indignation, the official website of the Supreme Court published an official message providing “explanations regarding an incorrect media report”.
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2015 29/01

A few days ago the Belarusian National Bar Association informed about a probability of cooperation with the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), an organization that has repeatedly criticized the flaws in the work of Belarusian counsels after the events of December 19, 2010 in Minsk.
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2015 27/01

The Salihorsk District Court has dismissed an appeal filed by local human rights activist Leanid Markhotka against a ban imposed by the district executive committee on a picket scheduled for the Human Rights Day, December 10. The case was considered by Judge Ala Trafimchuk. Continue reading »

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2015 26/01

Ihar Kazmiarchak, an opposition activist in Orsha, has received a reply to his letter to the Ministry of Information, where he requested to assess the actions of responsible persons who aired an interview with Maksim Martsinkevich, a known supporter of neo-Nazism, on the government-owned STV channel. Continue reading »

2015 25/01

How human rights defenders of Human rights center “Viasna” adopted experience of working with social networks and what came out of it…

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2015 23/01

In early June, the activists of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Viktar Sazonau from Hrodna, Ales Kaputski from Maladzechna, Tamara Shchapetkina from Biaroza, and Sviatlana Lapitskaia from Zhodzina visited Stockholm to get acquainted with the Swedish system of human rights protection, and with the work of Swedish colleagues. Continue reading »

2015 19/01

Grodno City Executive Committee denied activists of the United Civil Party to hold a picket for the resignation of the country’s leadership. Continue reading »

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2015 18/01

A criminal trial of human rights defender Rasul Jarafov began on January 15th in Baku serious crime court.   Continue reading »

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2015 18/01

Having labeled a photo session on a background of graffiti as unauthorized picketing, the Chyhunachny District Court of Vitebsk fined six participants. Attempts to appeal this decision to the Regional Court have so far brought no success. The fines are now being appealed to the chairman of the Regional Court.
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2015 17/01

Parents of pupils of former Belarusian-speaking class in Baranaviczy Tacciana and Aleh Malaszczanka and Antanina and Vasil Philipczyk appealed to Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus. Continue reading »

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2015 16/01

According to Uladzimir Vuyek, deputy chairman of the United Civil Party and the party’s leader in Brest, activists and supporters of the party have submitted 18 applications for holding pickets. Continue reading »

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2015 16/01

Politicians Siarhiej Kaliakin and Viktar Karneenka, in favor of whom the UN made a decision, demand from minister of foreign affairs Uladzimier Makej to take measures directed to reconsider the application on state registration of established human rights civil organization “For Free Elections”. An appeal about revision of the case upon delivery of new facts is already made to the Chairman of Supreme court Valiancin Sukalo.   Continue reading »

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2015 15/01

Consideration of the periodic report of Belarus in the United Nations Human Rights Committee rescheduled from the 113 session (March 2015) to the 114th session that is to be held in July 2015. Information about this appeared on the website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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2015 15/01

January 15, a preliminary hearing on the appeal of the human rights activist Siarhei Housha against the ban on his picket, issued by Baranavichy City Eecutive Committee on December 5, 2014, took place at the Baranavichy City and District Court. Continue reading »

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2015 14/01

Representative of Swedish organization «Östgruppen» comments on decision of Minsk court which denied dismissing previous court judgment on deportation of human rights defender Alena Tankaczova from Belarus.   Continue reading »

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2015 12/01

Why do executive committees continue to torpedo Main Law of the country and violate fundamental rights of citizens? Why do direct contradictions in legislation remain incorrect for years and citizens are deprived of their own constitutional right because of that?! Why is ideologist allowed to ignore constitutional rights and civil status of every Belarusian?
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2015 10/01

The UN Committee on Human Rights published a decision on the appeal № 1987/2010, adopted at the 112th session of the Committee. According to this decision, the Republic of Belarus as a country – party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights recognizes the rights violator activist Anatoly Stambrovski provided for in paragraph 2 of article 19 of the Covenant.
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2015 08/01

January 8, Hrodna Regional Court dismissed the appeal of the journalist Andrei Mialeshka against a fine. Judge Anatol Zayats supported the court of the first instance and left its verdict unchanged.
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2015 06/01

2015 will be a key year for Belarus. Continue reading »

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2015 03/01

The United Nations Human Rights Committee at its October session examined the case of ex-presidential candidate Aliaksandr Kazulin and found violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, says human rights activist Raman Kisliak, Radio Racyja reports. Continue reading »

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2015 02/01

Human rights activist Siarhei Housha has filed a complaint to the Baranavichy City Court against the decision of the Baranavichy City Executive Committee according to which he has been prohibited to hold a picket dedicated to the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Continue reading »

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2014 30/12

Human rights activist Leanid Markhotka has sent to the court of Salihorsk district an appeal against a ban imposed by local officials on a picket that was scheduled for Human Rights Day. Prior to this, Mr. Markhotka wrote to the prosecutor, but that attempt failed.
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2014 26/12

Alena Tankachova, Director of the Center for Legal Transformation “Lawtrend”, sent on December 24 to the court of Minsk’s Pershamaiski district an appeal against the decision of the district police department to expel her from the country for three years.
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2014 24/12

The Vitsebsk Regional Court has heard the appeals of local journalists and activists who were fined for unauthorized picketing as a result of a photo session on November 5. The appeals were dismissed by the court, who did not accept the arguments that it was not picketing, but a photo shoot and upheld the ruling of the Chuhynachny district court.
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2014 24/12

The human rights public association “Movement of supporters for the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights PAKT” has been registered in Lithuania. This was announced by the NGO’s executive director Leanid Sudalenka. Continue reading »

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2014 24/12

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has considered the case of an activist of the Movement For Freedom Vital Symonik and found a violation of his right to disseminate information (Art. 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights). Continue reading »

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2014 19/12

Vitebsk human rights activist Leonid Svetik appealed to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus with the proposals to consider life insurance and health of prisoners (convicts). Continue reading »

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2014 17/12

Members of House of Representatives accepted amendments to several laws on questions of public and boundary safety in second reading on session on December 17. Continue reading »

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2014 11/12

Human rights activist appealed to the Chyhunachny District Executive Committee to inform it about his intention to get photographed with his friends just for the sake of taking photos. Continue reading »

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2014 10/12

In 2014, 27 people applied to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations with the assistance of Homel Centre for Strategic Litigation. As a result, three communications were accepted for consideration on the merits. Continue reading »

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