2014 11/09

On September 10, the Mazyr District Court held a preliminary hearing on the appeal of a human rights activist Uladzimir Tseliapun against the decision of the Chairman of the Mozyr District Executive Committee Siarhei Hvozdz and his deputy Feliks Haliuk to ban a picket organized by him.
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2014 11/09

A United States Government Inter-Agency delegation from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Departments of State and Defence completed a two and a half day official visit to Minsk. The delegation included Paige Alexander, Assistant Administrator of USAID; Thomas Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary from Department of State; and Evelyn Farkas, Deputy Assistant Secretary from Department of Defence. Continue reading »

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2014 05/09

un_secretary_general-ukraineThe entire world has witnessed the armed invasion by the Russian Federation of Ukrainian territory. At first, with the use of Russian Federation forces the Crimea was seized and annexed. In order to conceal this crime Russia used quasi-legal justification in the form of a referendum in the Crimea on March 16 2014, in breach of Ukraine’s Constitution. Continue reading »

2014 04/09

The official reason for the picket ban, cited by the Brest City Executive Committee, was that another mass event would be held at the action site at the specified time.
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2014 04/09

Activists of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy in the Hrodna region received 13 refusals to their 13 applications for information pickets in different cities.
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2014 02/09

The only Belarusian-class in Baranavichy where just three girls, Yasia Malashchanka, Alisa Filipchyk and Veranika Mikhal’chuk learned, ceased to exist. Continue reading »

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2014 02/09

At the 111th session, held 7-25 July, the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations considered five new cases concerning Belarus and issued decisions confirming the violation by the Government of Belarus of certain rights of Belarusian citizens. A brief review of cases was made for “Homel Spring” by the head of the Center for Strategic Lawsuits Leanid Sudalenka, reports Viasna. Continue reading »

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2014 29/08

Below is Rasul Jarafov’s appeal to the International Community about his unlawful arrest and the case against him. Continue reading »

2014 28/08

The UN Human Rights Committee has said that the Belarusian authorities violated the right of the deputy chairman of the United Civil Party (UCP) Vasil Paliakou to peaceful assembly, by banning in September 2008 a mass event aimed to urge citizens not to take part in the parliamentary elections, which took place on September 28, 2008. Continue reading »

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2014 28/08

The Kastrychnitski District Court of Minsk considered yesterday an administrative case against an activist of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party, Andrus Kasheuski.
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2014 28/08

A request for the event was submitted to the Kastrychnitski district administration of Vitsebsk by local blogger Ihar Pastnou, famous for his criticism of health care officials. He fulfilled all the requirements that are prescribed by the decision of the City Executive Committee “On Mass Events in Vitsebsk”, but failed to receive permission. Continue reading »

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2014 27/08

ai-ukraineOn Friday Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council announced that fighters from the group had seized a penitentiary institution in Donetsk and threatened to kill all prisoners facing life sentences, forcing the others to join their ranks. Continue reading »

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2014 27/08

On August 26, founders of the republican human rights association “Pakt” (“Covenan”),a movement for the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, submitted to the Supreme Court their appeal against the refusal of the Ministry of Justice to register the public association. Continue reading »

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2014 24/08

Human rights defender Siarhei Housha has received a reply from the Baranavichy City Executive Committee, signed by the Deputy Chairman Dzmitry Kastsiukevich, to his letter, in which he asked to specify the reason for the ban on a picket scheduled for July 27. Continue reading »

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2014 23/08

On August 22, human rights defenders in the town of Biaroza were not allowed to stage a picket, which was scheduled for August 25. Continue reading »

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2014 22/08

Report prepared by the <a href=”http://www.equalrightstrust.org/”>The Equal Rights Trust (ERT)</a> and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee has been detained at the border and is awaiting an examination by the Department of Smuggling. Meanwhile, human rights activists have received a letter from the Office of the President saying that the information contained in the report has been “taken into consideration”.

A joint report by the British and Belarusian human rights activists entitled “Half an Hour ahead of Spring: A Report on Discrimination and Inequality in Belarus” was printed in the UK and mailed in Belarus, but was detained by customs officials at the Minsk-2 airport. Continue reading »

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2014 21/08

Mikalai Novikau, activist of the United Civil Party and former candidate for the Homel Regional Council, has not been able to sue the JSC “Palesdruk”, which refused to print his campaign flyers during the last local elections. The UCP activist is now seeking to protect his rights in the UN Human Rights Committee, where he has submitted ​​a personal complaint. Continue reading »

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2014 19/08

GENEVA (19 August 2014) – United Nations human rights experts* today condemned the growing tendency to prosecute prominent human rights defenders in Azerbaijan, and urged the Government “to show leadership and reverse the trend of repression, criminalization and prosecution of human rights work in the country.”
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2014 18/08

Андрэй Стрыжак, РэчыцаCoordinator of the youth network of the independent trade union of radio-electronic industry Andrei Stryzhak complained to the UN Human Rights Committee against a ban imposed by officials in Rechytsa on a peaceful assembly that was scheduled for September 8, 2013 and was expected to protest against the decision of the Belarusian government to abolish sick leave payments for parents raising children.
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2014 14/08

Several dozen residents of Vitsebsk have signed a collective letter to the Council of Ministers to contribute to change the regulation of the Vitebsk City Executive Committee №881 “On Mass Events in Vitsebsk” and initiate an appeal to the Constitutional Court to verify compliance of this document with the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus. Continue reading »

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2014 13/08

Therefore “we are all to blame for what is happening in the Ukraine…” – was stated media expert Svitlana Yeremenko during the round table “One country. Civil unity, struggle against separatism and occupation, resistance to informational aggression on the example of the Dnipropetrovsk region”, held on 12 August. Continue reading »

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2014 11/08

Paris-Geneva, August 6, 2014 – The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT joint programme, deplores the recent acts of harassment and arrests of prominent human rights defenders Rasul Jafarov, Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunusov, and calls on the authorities to put an end to the ongoing repression against civil society organisations and representatives. Continue reading »

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2014 11/08

The survey covers the period of April 1 — June 30, 2014. Its aim is to reveal short-term tendencies in the sphere of Human rights, social, political and economic situation in Belarus. Continue reading »

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2014 06/08

The event, aimed at reminding the people about the existence of political prisoners in modern Belarus, has been scheduled for August 4. However, human rights defender Leanid Svetsik wasn’t allowed to hold it. Continue reading »

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2014 05/08

This was reported to Human Rights Center “Viasna” by the head of Belarusian DocumentationCenter Raisa Mikhailouskaya.
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2014 05/08

Citizens of Zhodzina celebrated Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civil society.
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2014 05/08

64 NGOs from 13 Human Rights Houses call upon the Azerbaijani authorities, in their joint letter to President Ilham Aliyev, to immediately and unconditionally release Leyla Yunus, Arif Yunus and Rasul Jafarov, and lift all charges held against them. The NGOs also repeat their previous call to release Anar Mammadli and Bashir Suleymanli, and join calls for the release of Hasan Huseynli. Continue reading »

2014 04/08

Applications for pickets for release of political prisoners, filed by human rights activists within the framework of the Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civil society, were turned down by the local authorities in Navapolatsk, Vitsebsk, Homel, Mozyr, Rechytsa, Zhodzina, Barysau, Baranavichy, Smarhon and Mahiliou.
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2014 03/08

There is a new banner in our category “Recommendations”, and exactly in section which is just at the end at the left side of the column with the titles of categories of the website. This interactive logo of the recourse allows visiting the website of human rights defenders of the Ukraine “Strategic litigation platform”. Continue reading »

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2014 01/08

European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to pay co-chairman of RPR-PARNAS Barys Niamcou 26 000 Euro as compensation for moral damage. Continue reading »

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2014 01/08

Human rights defender Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus have been arrested on 30 July 2014. Leyla Yunus was sentenced to 3 months pre-trial detention, whilst her husband is under police control and not allowed to leave Baku. We call for Leyla Yunus’ immediate and unconditional release, as we see this as part of the persecution against human rights defenders and activists in Azerbaijan. Continue reading »

2014 31/07

Azerbaijan’s most prominent human rights campaigner has been detained with her husband while trying to leave the country.
Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus, an academic, were hoping to board a flight from the capital Baku to Doha in Qatar, but were held at the airport. Continue reading »

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2014 30/07

Housing and utility sector of Zhodzina has a choice – either 10 milliom BYR for one sheet of trash after a human rights picket or just 1 million BYR for performance of their official duties according to conditional prepaid agreement. Such additional suggestions on conducting an agreement were made by human rights defenders who applied for peaceful assembly in Zhodzina.
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2014 30/07

Human rights defenders Leanid Sudalenka and Anatol Paplauny have lodged a lawsuit with the Homel Tsentralny District Court against the City Executive Committee, who banned a picket in support of political prisoners scheduled for August 4. Continue reading »

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2014 29/07

Ales Makayeu, an activist of the entrepreneurs’ movement, was detained by police on July 27 in Minsk.
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2014 26/07

On Thursday it was announced that Belarus has sent an invitation to the UN Human Rights Council Rapporteurs. Human rights defender Valiantsin Stefanovich said that this is not the first time that our government invites UN experts, but the approach to the process is very selective.
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2014 25/07

On the 28th of March of present year the United Nations Human Rights Committee recognized that authorities of the Republic of Belarus violated rights of member of Zhlobin region organization of the Belarusian Left Party “A Just World” Uladzimier Kirsanau on holding a peaceful assembly by prohibiting him to hold a picket in Zhlobin in order to attract attention of the society to the problems of liquidation of political parties and non-governmental organizations in the country. Continue reading »

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2014 25/07

Eduard Nialubovicz, an activist of the United Civic Party of Belarus from Homiel addressed the UN Human Rights Committee with an appeal, which contains complaint on the prohibition of two peaceful assemblies – a picket in support of political prisoner and human rights defender Ales Bialiacki on the 10th of November and street procession in support of the Ukrainian Maidan on the 21st of December by local authorities. Continue reading »

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2014 25/07

Deputy Chief of Supreme Court judge Andrej Zabara replied to supervisory appeal of activist of United Civic Party of Belarus from Homiel Eduard Nielubovicz. Continue reading »

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2014 24/07

There is an application for holding a picket made in Viciebsk. The aim of the action, which is to happen on the 4th of August, is to get citizens of the city acquainted with the fact that there are political prisoners in Belarus recognized by Belarusian society, international and Belarusian human rights organizations. Human rights defender Leanid Sviecik is the initiator of the action.
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2014 23/07

Orsha authorities have banned three street protests scheduled for July 27, the day of the adoption of the Declaration on State Sovereignty of Belarus. Continue reading »

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2014 23/07

The Constitutional Court will address the flaws of the country’s language legislation, says human rights defender Aliaksei Valabuyeu, citing a reply to his petition.
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2014 23/07

The situation with exactions (about of 10-20% of the cost of the ticket) on international tours at new Minsk bus station multiplies again. After a calm period when there was a conflict with passengers on international tours of Central bus station in Minsk and even conductors were changed, the situation multiplies again.
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2014 22/07

Belarus has intensified pressure on the students for their participation in the activities of civil society organizations, say coordinators of a monitoring on violations of human rights and academic freedoms of students carried out by the Studentskaya Rada NGO in the framework of the Public Committee of Bologna. Continue reading »

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2014 21/07

Human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka, who planned to hold a series of pickets in the region on the 27th of July on the Independence Day together with other activists and representatives of democratic organizations received denials of applications for holding the pickets.
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2014 19/07

On the 18th of July human rights defenders Sviatlana Lapickaja and Aliaksiej Lapicki applied to executive committee of Zhodzina for holding picket in support of political prisoners.
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2014 17/07

Dzianis Rabianok, an activist of the United Civil Party from the town of Kalinkavichy, has been unable to find justice for more than a year and a half. Recently, he received a response to his complaint from the Supreme Court, which upheld the decision of the discourt of Kalinkavichy.
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2014 17/07

Homiel prosecutor Siarhiei Zaitsau made an official warning about inadmissibility of violation of law to director of LLC “OMA” shop Natalia Urublieuskaya, who sent a written reply to human rights defender Anatol Paplauny in Russian, but not in the language of inquiry.
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2014 16/07

Local human rights defender Uladzimier Cieliapun made an application for holding a picket on the 3rd of August to Mazyr regional executive committee. A picket is to protest regarding political prisoners in Belarus, supporting them and claiming for their immediate release. Continue reading »

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2014 16/07

Human rights defender Uladzimir Malei applied to the Mazyr District Executive Committee to hold a picket in support of political prisoners on August 3.
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2014 15/07

Salihorsk city organization of the “Belarusian Language Society” has filed a second appeal to the State Property Committee demanding to bring the names of signs on the buildings of Salihorsk in line with the Law “On the names of geographical objects.”
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2014 13/07

In Homiel there is a decision concerning the procedure of public events in force, according to which anyone who would like to hold a mass-meeting or to attract attention to any problem is obliged to conduct service agreements with ambulance and for cleaning of grounds at his own expense. Nevertheless particular providers of such services are listed in the decision, no one managed to conduct an agreement with them. Continue reading »

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2014 12/07

This question was actually raised up today at central post Office in Zhodzina, when local human rights defender Aliaksiej Lapicki dropped by to pay state duty for supervisory appeal to Miensk regional court and send post for its intended purposes. Continue reading »

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2014 10/07

At the end of June, the Secretariat of the Belarusian Language Society named after Frantsysk Skaryna appealed to the House of Representatives with a proposal to return the Belarusian language to national legislation.
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2014 07/07

As it was reported earlier, local authorities of Zhodzina suddenly refused to organize the celebration of folk festival Kupalle for the first time, after they organized pompous celebration of the 3rd of July with inviting Saladuha and Piesniary for a concert and great fireworks. Continue reading »

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2014 04/07

Human rights defenders from Biaroza town made an application for holding a picket to coincide with the anniversary of accepting of Declaration of Independence of Belarus. As it is the day on which Supreme Soviet of BSSR opened a new milestone in the history of our country. Continue reading »

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2014 03/07

Human rights defenders Siarhei Rusetski and Tamara Shchapiotkina filed an application for holding a picket on July 27 to remind Belarusian citizens about the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Belarus, adopted 24 years ago by the Supreme Council.
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2014 30/06

Ales Bialatski met his friends and colleagues, human rights defenders and lawyers from abroad and from various regional departments of Human Rights Center “Viasna” in Belarus. Continue reading »

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2014 30/06

On June 27, the Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House hosted a press conference of Ales Bialiatski, a former political prisoner, Head of the Human Rights Centre Viasna, Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and one of the Belarusian HRH founders. Ales Bialiatski thanked those present for the attention, but repeatedly reminded about the rest of Belarusian political prisoners.
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2014 26/06

It has been over two years since the entry in force of the Law “On the Legal Profession and Activities of Lawyers in the Republic of Belarus” and other regulations adopted pursuant to it. Despite the fact that this law is sufficiently “fresh”, the need for changes in the Belarusian legislation on lawyers has been prompted by both national and foreign experts. Continue reading »

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2014 26/06

A periodic report of Belarus on the human rights situation in the country was to be presented to the UN Human Rights Committee on November 7, 2001, but was eventually submitted with a 10-year delay on December 15, 2011. The country’s latest periodic report was considered back in 1997, therefore, the report highlights issues of compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in Belarus for the period from November 1997 to March 2015. The report has been prepared and submitted in accordance with Article 40 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
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2014 26/06

GENEVA (24 June 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, welcomed the release from prison of human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, but called for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners and their full rehabilitation. Continue reading »

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2014 25/06

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint by a resident of the village of Buyany, Vitsebsk region, Leanid Zdrestau. Continue reading »

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2014 24/06

Belarusian-speaking citizens of Salihorsk supported the initiative of human rights defender Harry Pahaniajla regarding the discrimination of the Belarusian language and appealed to the Constitutional court.
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2014 23/06

“It is OK to be in prison for the sake of a democratic, independent Belarus,” said Ales Bialiatski during a press conference held today in the Minsk office of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”. He then crossed out his name on a T-shirt bearing the names of the remaining seven political prisoners. Continue reading »

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2014 21/06

A well-known human rights activist Ales Bialiatski has been released. He told his wife Natalya Pinchuk about that over the phone. She reported about that to charter97.org website.
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2014 20/06

The UN Human Rights Committee admitted to consideration a complaint by Viktar Sazonau, a human rights defender from Hrodna, Radio Racyja reports.
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2014 19/06

Belarusian media law requires mandatory state accreditation for foreign and national journalists and recognizes only those journalists working for state-registered media organizations.
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2014 19/06

Uladzimir Shyla, an opposition activist from the town of Salihorsk, has submitted a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee to appeal against a ban on a Human Rights Day imposed by the executive officials back in December 2013.
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2014 17/06

Anatol Paplauny, a human rights activist from Homel, asks prosecutor Siarhei Zaitsau Gomel to inspect a local building center named “OMA”, where his complaint in the Belarusian language received a written answer in Russian. The store manager Natallia Urubleuskaya argues that “business correspondence and legal documents should be sent to the population in Russian”. Continue reading »

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2014 17/06

The Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the well-known lawyer and human rights defender Hary Pahaniayla sent a petition to the Constitutional Court to highlight the flaws of language-related legislation, which result in the discrimination of one of the official languages, Belarusian.
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2014 16/06

Барыс ЗвоскаўOn 17 June it was 2 years since the untimely death of Barys Zvozskau, the prominent Belarusian human rights defender, who passed away after a serious and long illness.
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2014 10/06

Human rights defender from Mazyr Uladzimir Cieliapun received the answer on his appeal to the Constitutional Court. Human rights defender aired his questions and concerns on the meeting with the Head of The Constitutional Court, which was held on the 28th asked the Head of The Constitutional Court a few questions. Continue reading »

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2014 09/06

In Zhodzina it became necessary to make agreements with the police, medical and community services after the representative of the executive committee recognized her own order to applicants to make such agreements to be groundless. Continue reading »

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2014 09/06

“Pact” unites Belarusian citizens on whose complaints the UN Human Rights Committee made or is going to make a decision.
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2014 08/06

Hrystaphor Zhaliapau (in the photo), the coordinator of the Movement for Freedom in Viciebsk region, sent the head of the executive committee Viktar Nikalaikin a letter. Continue reading »

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2014 27/05

After the single voting day in the Ukraine the delivery of records and the registration of the voting results is still continuing on the 25th of May. The process of delivering the final records together with ballots takes place day and night on the 25th of May. Continue reading »

2014 24/05

Zmicier Karashkou is a public activist from Homel of “Stop drinking – we have to live” Company. He brings to the international community the facts of being repeatedly persecuted by the state for expressing his opinion related to Russia’s initiation of war in the Ukraine, and for drawing attention to the problem of alcoholization of the nation. Continue reading »

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2014 21/05

On March 28, the UN Human Rights Committee said that the Belarusian authorities violated the right of a member of the Zhlobin office of the Belarusian Left Party “Fair World” Uladzimir Kirsanau to freedom of peaceful assembly by prohibiting him in 2008 to hold a picket in Zhlobin in order to attract public attention to problems faced by the country’s political parties and public associations. Continue reading »

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2014 19/05

Yury Varonezhtsau, a known public and political figure in Homel, submitted today a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee to appeal against a ban on a street procession in support of political prisoner Ales Bialiatski. Continue reading »

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2014 12/05

Uladzimir Kumets

The administrative case of Uladzimir Kumets is being heard at the Leninski district court in Minsk. Uladzimir was detained on 10 May, around 3 p.m. When the activist went out of his home and got into the car, a couple of unknown men in plain clothes blocked him with their car. Kumets jumped out of his car and tried to escape, but was detained. Continue reading »

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2014 09/05

Activist of the Movement for Freedom Zmicier Rabcevicz calls the government to come up to the parliament with the suggestion to exclude one-person pickets from the operation of “Law on mass events in the Republic of Belarus”. Continue reading »

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2014 07/05

In the morning of May 6 four active fans of capital’s club “Partyzan” were detained. After the reports were drawn up on the Art. 17.1 of Administrative Code (disorderly conduct) the fans were brought to the Partyzanski district court of Minsk. Continue reading »

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2014 04/05

A book “Court cases, that change the Ukraine” has come out recently. This title is about people winning extraordinary suits and cases of first impression. It is published in the original language.
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2014 14/02

February 14, St. Valentine’s Day, the Office of the Polish MEP Marek Migalski expresses its solidarity with the Free Belarus – Belarusian political prisoners and civil society.
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2014 11/02

Алесь Бяляцкі, за кратамі ў зале паседжаньня February 10 the international organization Front Line Defenders presented the Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the first of six finalists for the 10th annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk, awarded in collaboration with medyyasetkay “Al Jazeera.” Continue reading »

2014 07/02

8 On February 6, an analytic report on media situation in Belarus was presented at the office of the Belarusian Association of Journalists.
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2014 05/02

Siarhei Housha


Human rights activist Siarhei Housha wrote a letter to the Constitutional Court (CC) of the Republic of Belarus. He reports that the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations (hereinafter HRC Committee) adopted two positive decision on his appeals. Continue reading »

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2013 23/09
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The General Assembly of the United Nations released the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus.
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2013 13/09

The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus did not to consider the appeal of the Salihorsk activist Uladzimir Shyla who stated about the unconstitutionality of the law enforcement practice of the executive authorities and the ordinary courts of the country, as well as the refusal to authorize mass events and the undue restriction of the constitutional right to freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly. Continue reading »

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2012 05/07
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On 4 July Judge of the Salihorsk District Court Valiantsina Lapina turned down the appeal of a “Young Front” activist Andrei Tychyna against the prohibition of a bicycle rally, issued by the Salihorsk City Executive Committee.
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2012 29/06
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Ihar Leuchanka, resident of the town of Belaaziorsk, Brest region, has been fined BYR 2 mln for refusing to undergo fingerprinting examination, after he was summoned to local police department on traffic violations charges.
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2012 29/06
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Andrei Pachobut, journalist and blogger, correspondent for Gazeta Wyborcza

A number of Hrodna journalists have sent an open letter to the Prosecutor General of Belarus, expressing their protests against the criminal charges brought against reporter Andrei Pachobut. Continue reading »

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2012 27/06

His wife, Natalia Pinchuk and Antoine Bernard, the Chief executif officer of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), were the ones who filed the complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee on behalf of Ales Bialiatski, the Chairman of the Human Rights Center Viasna, and the Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), who is currently serving a sentence in a penal colony in the city of Bobruiks.
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2012 27/06
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Mrs. Yulia Harachankova, who was detained and sentenced to five days of administrative arrest for involvement in a “silent protest” last summer, has received a compensation for the illegal arrest. Continue reading »

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2012 27/06
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A journalist, Andrzej Poczobut, is at risk of being sentenced to five years imprisonment in Belarus after being arrested for criticizing the Belarusian President. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.
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2012 27/06
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Today (Wednesday 27 June), the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva discuss the situation of human rights in Belarus and the role that the international community should play.
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2012 25/06
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Ales Bialiatski has received reprimands in prison as well as being subjected to restrictive measures. Civil Rights Defenders is deeply concerned for Ales Bialiatski’s situation and urges the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenka to immediately and unconditionally release the Belarusian human rights defender, in an open letter sent on Thursday.
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2012 25/06
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Paval Levinau, Vitsebsk

Vitsebsk human rights defender Paval Levinau will not be able to hold three pickets on June 26, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, after his applications were dismissed by the city’s executive officials. Continue reading »

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2012 17/06
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On the night of 16 June the first president of the Belarusian Human Rights House, a well-known Belarusian human rights defender, co-founder of Association “Legal Initiative”, “Belarusian human rights defender of the year-2008”, Barys Iharavich Zvozskau passed away after a long illness at the age of 63.
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