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 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 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 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 24/03


Administrative punishments for exercising right to peaceful assembly and expression of opinion in Belarus continues. 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 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 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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2014 13/06

At the conference of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights held in Bern a few days ago, a special document – Guidelines on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders – was adopted. Belarusian human rights organizations – Belarusian Helsinki Committee and Human Rights Center “Viasna” – participated in preparation, discussing and adoption of this important human rights instrument. Deputy chairman of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich says about the necessity of the Guidelines and its essence: Continue reading »

2014 13/06

Authors of individual communication submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee on behalf of Ales Bialiatski, President of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), addressed the Human Rights Committee with an open letter. Antoine Bernard, Director-General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and Natallia Pinchuk, the wife of the political prisoner Ales Bialiatski, urge the Committee to speed up consideration of the communication that was filed two years ago.
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2014 06/06

At this time, a group of Belarusian human rights activists is in Sweden. They visited the police station and met with the press secretary and the representatives of the Dialogue Police, which is consistently working with public, including public events in the capital. Continue reading »

2014 05/06

Several dozen residents of the regional center have signed a collective letter to the Council of Ministers in which they ask officials to change the decision 881 of 10.07.2009 of Vitebsk Executive Committee, which regulates the rules of applications to authorities when applying for a street protest. Continue reading »

2014 02/06

Baranavichy district court refused to return Ukrainian flag to Uladzimir Hundar. This comes from the letter signed by the deputy chairman of the court Vasil Petryva, which the public activist received by mail.
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2014 01/06

Biaroza human rights activist Tamara Shchapiotkina and Siarhey Rusetsky and public activist Tatsiana Tarasevich sent a cassation appeal to Brest Regional Court, in which they asked to cancel Beroza district court’s decision and submit a complaint to Biaroza district court to another judge. Continue reading »

2014 30/05

On May 29 in Kastrychnickaya Square in Minsk riot militia officer detained several participants of the picketing “Death to Kremlin occupiers”. Continue reading »

2014 30/05

Chairman of Homel region court Siarhei Shautsou believes that the Belarusian law on freedom of assembly does not contradict international standards of freedom of peaceful assembly. He said this to the activist of trade union of radio-electronic industry (REI) Andrei Stryzhak who complained about the ban of a procession in Rechitza street.
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2014 21/04

Minsk Central District Prosecutor’s Office on its own initiative required from the judge Alena Siamak the motivating part of the trial and the protocol of the court session on sculptor Henadz Loika’s case, who litigated with the KGB over the Belarusian language.
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2014 19/04

Alena Stsiapanava learned about this on April 17, after visiting Aktsiabrsky district militia office of Vitebsk. Continue reading »

2014 19/04

The medic was sent for foreced psychiatric treatment after numerous speeches criticizing the local authorities and the state of health facilities in Vitsebsk region. This direction was authorized by Vitsebsk Regional Court.
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2014 18/04

The Tsentralny District Court of Homel issued official warnings to three members of the Young Front opposition movement, Andrei Tsianiuta, Natallia Kryvashei and Stanislau Bula, having found them guilty of illegal picketing.
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2014 16/04

On April 17, the Tsentralny District Court of Homel will hear the charges brought against members of the Young Front opposition movement, Andrei Tsianiuta, Natallia Kryvashei and Stas Bula. They are accused of violating the order of holding mass events. Continue reading »

2014 16/04

The Hrodna Regional Court has dismissed an appeal filed by a Vaukavysk opposition activist Vital Huliak, confirming the decision of the District Court.
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2014 15/04

Alena Kavalenka was punished by a fine of 20 basic units, which is 3 million rubles. Previously, another participant of the same action, a member of the CCP BNF Jan Dziarzhautsau,
was arrested for 7 days.
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2014 14/04

A formal decision in Russian language of Human Rights Committee of the United Nations appeared on the complaint of the chairman of Homel Regional Belarusian Left Party “Fair World” Uladzimir Siakerka on the prohibition of the rally of protest against the abolition of benefits to the entire population of the country. The rally had to take place in Homel in December 2007. Continue reading »

2014 14/04

Assembly of NGOs and Legal Transformation Center prepared monitoring “Freedom of association and the legal status of non-profit organizations in Belarus” of the first quarter of 2014 (review period: January 1 – March 31). Continue reading »

2014 12/04

Hrodna human rights defenders Uladzimir Khilmanovich, Viktar Sazonau and Raman Yurhel appealed to the Hrodna Regional Court to challenge the decision of the Leninski District Police Department, by which each of them was fined 25 basic units.
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2014 08/04

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” issued another review-chronicles “Human rights situation in Belarus in 2013″. Continue reading »

2014 04/04

Babruisk freelance journalist Maryna Malchanava received a letter from the Prosecutor’s Office, saying that an administrative case against her had been closed.
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2014 26/03

On March 25, 2014 in Minsk you could see many completely unfamiliar faces. And it was noticeable that some new people decided to come out with national symbols of Belarus or Ukraine, and took an active part in mass actions on celebrating a traditional for Minsk FREEDOM DAY.
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2014 25/03

In Zhodino obstacles were made to independent observation. On the day of polling at EC №20 we had to deal with so-called observers from “Belaya Rus” and BRSM who, as it has turned out, were there only to actively influence the independent observation.
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2014 22/03

Biaroza human rights defenders and social activists, the applicants of picketing on March 25, not for a long time were happy about the fact that the local executive committee, in particular its chairman Mikhail Kreidzich, gave a permission for the rally in a deserted place. Written aggreement came on March 21. Continue reading »

2014 20/03

Today Homel citizen Jury Rubtsou appealed to the UN Committee on Human Rights. The activist argued that the Belarusian authorities, by arresting him for three days for refusal to takeoff his T-shirt with the words “Lukashenka, go away!” during the procession of the feast day of “Dziady” in Minsk, had violated his rights under Articles 9, 14, 19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Continue reading »

2014 19/03

Regarding the events in Ukraine, or rather only one question of separation of the Crimea from Ukraine, we give legal analysis (see full article) and represent views of the Belarusian lawyer of international affairs Jan Gvardziyan. Continue reading »

2014 18/03

The project “De facto implementation of international obligations of the Republic of Belarus in the field of civil rights and freedoms” (BISH) gave its participants the opportunity to obtain information about the work of organs and structures of the United Nations from Belarusian and international experts.
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2014 17/03

Large inscription “With all our heart with you” with the national flags of Belarus and Ukraine (see photo) has hung on a concrete fence along the railroad tracks near the train stop “Minsk- East” not for a long time – within a week it was purposefully painted with senseless characters. Continue reading »

2014 15/03

Decision of the Human Rights Committee appeared in Russian on the case of UCP activists from Homel Aliaksander Protsko and Andrey Tolchyn. According to the decision, Belarusian government is to pay the costs and moral damage to victims of lawlessness, to restore law and bring the national legislation, in particular, the law on mass events, in accordance with international obligations. Continue reading »

2014 14/03

Vaukavysk public activist Vital Huliak on March 13 held a single action against Russian interference in Ukrainian internal affairs and bringing Russian troops on the territory of a sovereign Ukrainian state, taking into account that among others Russia itself is the guarantor of Ukrainian sovereignty and indivisibility. Continue reading »

2014 14/03

Homel center for strategic lawsuit has produced and sent some certain judges editions and individual brochures with the decisions of the UN Committee on Human Rights, as well as with previous decisions of the national courts on human rights violations that have occurred in Homel region. Continue reading »

2014 12/03

Detained at the Russian Embassy in Minsk activists from Homel Dzmitry Karashkou and Stanislau Bula were arrested for 15 and 11 days, respectively, reported human rights activist Anastasia Loika. Continue reading »

2014 12/03

On March 15, 1994 the Supreme Soviet of Belarus adopted the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus. Former judge of the Constitutional Court of Belarus Mikhal Pastukhou tells our correspondent why today in Belarus numerous articles of the Basic Law are violated. (spelling – the primary source)
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2014 12/03

At this time the activists did not even applied for the picket to the Executive Committee. The result was known even at the preliminary stage: neither the militia nor medical cervices, nor the utility “Spetsautabaza” agreed to enter into contracts with the applicants. And without such contracts the authorities do not give permission to hold a picket. Continue reading »

2014 08/03

Human rights activist Ales Bialiatski was arrested in August 2011, before the trial was kept in militia investigation centre # 1 – on Valadarski Street in Minsk (former Pischalov castle), then in jail in Zhodzina, and then in the colony # 2 in Babruisk. And here is the third spring behind bars. Continue reading »

2014 08/03

Artsiom Liava and Ales Marchanka were arrested for 5 days for yesterday’s rally of solidarity with Ukraine carried out at the Russian embassy. Continue reading »

2014 07/03

An application was filed to Minsk City Executive Committee for holding an event on Freedom Day on March 25. This day is the 96th anniversary of the proclamation of Belarusian People’s Republic. Continue reading »

2014 07/03

The complaint concerns the judgment by which he was directed to compulsory treatment in a psychiatric clinic. Ihar Pastnou believes that several articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights were violated during the trial. Continue reading »

2014 07/03

Maksim Viniarski was detained for poster “Occupants, get out from the Ukraine” and sentenced to 15 days. The public activist organized a picketing near the Russian Embassy in Minsk. Continue reading »

2014 06/03

On 3 March representatives of the Barys Zvozskau Belarusian HRH participated in the protest against the intervention of the Russian army in the territory of Ukraine. Continue reading »

2014 04/03

Human rights activist Siarhei Housha received a letter signed by the head of the Secretariat of the Constitutional Court A. Karavai, stating that his appeal was considered on the grounds of Art. 22 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus on Judicial System and Status of Judges and the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On applications of citizens and legal persons”. Continue reading »

2014 02/03

Reasons for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet being in Ukraine are secured by several agreements. Places of basement are defined in Art. 2 and 3 of the agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the parameters of BSF division and also in more detailed form – in applications N2 and 3 to this agreement. Continue reading »

2014 26/02

At the end of 2013 BHC* chairman in Vitebsk Pavel Levinau sent to the district to the Pershamaiski district administration an application concerning his intention to celebrate the 10th of December, Human Rights Day, and hold a mass event in the form of a one-minute rally. Continue reading »

2014 26/02

Barys Zvozskau was born on February 26, 1949 in Belogorsk (Russia). He graduated from Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute specializing at engineering and Higher international courses on human rights. Continue reading »

2014 25/02

Big rally, which was attended by various estimates by 1.5-2 thousand Warsaw inhabitants and city guests, took place on Sunday 23.02.2014 in Castle Square in Warsaw. Continue reading »

2014 24/02

Solihorsk civil activist Uladzimir Shyla appeals in cassation institution against the ban of picketing on Human Rights Day by Salihorsk district Executive Committee. He sent a correspondent complaint to Minsk regional court. Continue reading »

2014 24/02

On February 22, activists were detained at the Ukrainian border, they got a stamp into their passports which prohibited entry the territory of Ukraine for 5 years and were taken on the Belarusian side. Later there appeared militia officers, who detained the guys for they were allegedly to curse. Continue reading »

2014 23/02

Belarusian activists planned to lay flowers and light candles near the sign “Zero Kilometer”, but ended up in Central district militia department.
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2014 17/02

The Executive Committee’s reasons for the ban is lack of contracts with communal services, medical institutions and militia. “Meanwhile, neither medics nor the utility did respond to our request to sign contracts,” – says one of the applicants of the campaign Zmitser Lupach. Continue reading »

2014 16/02

Assembly of Pro-Democratic NCOs and Legal Transformation Center prepared annual report “Freedom of association and the legal status of non-commercial organizations in Belarus” in 2013. Continue reading »

2014 10/02

‘Rights. Risks. Change!’ Campaign to focus attention on targeted human rights defenders.

Front Line Defenders launched an on-line and social media campaign today to focus attention on the plight of 12 human rights defenders (HRDs) from Eastern Europe and Central Asia coinciding with the launch of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Continue reading »

2014 09/02

As previously reported, UNCHR adopted a positive decision on the individual appeal from Zhodzina on the case “Komorovski vs Belarus”. Now the decision of the Committee was officially published in the original (in English) on the website of the Center of Social and Political Rights of the United Nations (look at the base of individual appeals). Continue reading »

2014 08/02

Monitoring “Government bodies of the Republic of Belarus: 15 years online” was performed lawyers of the Legal Transformation Center (Lawtrend). They studied 45 sites of government agencies and organizations. Continue reading »

2014 28/01

Human rights activists in Zhodino challenge ban of peaceful picketing in support of Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners in Belarus. But Zhodzina Court demonstrates record procedural violations, including ones relating to the time limits specified by the Civil Procedure Code of Belarus for the preparation of Court Records. Continue reading »

2014 23/01

Former chairman of the Homel City Executive Committee Sviatlana Haldade received a message from Geneva today. The Human Rights Committee of the UN announced registration of a complaint, which Sviatlana together with Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka filed in connection with the ban on August 4, 2012 a rally in support of a political prisoner and human rights activist Ales Bialiatski. Continue reading »

2014 23/01

Human rights in the country and in the world – this is the topic of the program at UCP –TV. Vice-Chairman of the United Civil Party Leu Marholin talks to the Vice Chairman of the banned by the authorities human rights center ” Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich. Continue reading »

2014 22/01

According to estimates of Ukrainian organizations, during the January 19-20 fighting in the European square in Kyiv, up to the 30 journalists were injured. In all more than 50 journalists during November – December 2013 suffered, mainly from the attack of Ukrainian police and the plain-clothed people. Continue reading »

2014 22/01

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” joined the International Civil Initiative for the OSCE to establish a mechanism of rapid response to the violent breakup of mass events and signed a corresponding appeal. Continue reading »

2014 22/01

For nearly two months lasted a peaceful protest of millions of Ukrainians. Authorities showed a complete indifference to the demands of protesters and applied repression against them.
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2014 21/01

On January 16, 2014 the Ukrainian parliament quickly and unexpectedly adopted a complex restrictive draft bill which penalizes protesters, introducing criminal responsibility for denunciation, restricts the rights of civil society organizations to receive funding from abroad and to classifies them as “foreign agents”. Continue reading »

2014 12/01

Human rights activist Valiantsin Stefanovich has received replies from the authorities to his appeal to the Constitutional Court concerning discrimination of Belarusian-speaking citizens – virtually all the laws in the country are adopted in Russian, there is no official translation of legal acts into Belarusian, the other official language of the country. However, the officials don’t regard it as discrimination. Continue reading »

2014 07/01

In early January, a member of the Board of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” Tatsiana Reviaka received a letter signed by the deputy chief of Ashmiany customs A. Datchuk, which states that the customs received from the General Directorate of ideological work, culture and youth affairs of Hrodna Regional Executive Committee a conclusion of the expert committee on the results of the examination of the book “Enlightened by the Belarusian Issue”, written by human rights activist and political prisoner Ales Bialiatski. The text of the expert conclusion wasn’t submitted to T. Reviaka, though she asked about it after being informed about sending the book for examination. Continue reading »

2013 29/12

Homel Center for Strategic Lawsuit prepared a compilation of decisions of the UN Human Rights Council, adopted on the appeals of Homel region inhabitants. The most frequently violated right mentioned here is the right to freedom of expression (10 decisions), right of association (3), right to be elected at free elections (3), freedom from discrimination (2) and the right to peaceful assembly (1). Continue reading »

2013 27/12

Zhodzina activists of HRC “Viasna”, human rights activists and members of numerous election monitor campaigns of various levels in Zhodzina region wished the chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski Merry Christmas. Ales Bialiatski was sentenced on 04.08.2011 to 4.5 years of imprisonment for human rights activity. Continue reading »

2013 27/12

On December 26 from 9:30 a.m. till 10:30 p.m. in Baranavichy in the old city park near Kamsamolskaya Street, activist Mikalai Charnavus organized a picket against corruption among local officials. The organizer of the picket held a broadsheet “Chairman Dzichkouski, Yazubets – are unsinkable. Continue reading »

2013 21/12

Here we publish a compilation of graduates’ materials from the project “Lawyers’ Distance Learning of Human Rights”. Continue reading »

2013 17/12

In this issue you can read the latest decision of the UN Committee on Human Rights, adopted on the appeals of social and political activists from Homel, concerning two similar cases from Aliaksandr Protska and Andrei Tolchyn. Continue reading »

2013 13/12

At the end of November, human rights activist Valiantsin Stefanovich applied to the Constitutional Court to determine the compatibility of Article 7 of the Law “On Languages” and Article 54 of the Law “On Normative Legal Acts” with the Constitution. He also applied to the Chamber of Representatives, the Council of the Republic, the Supreme Court, the Supreme Economic Court, the Council of Ministers and the President – all those who have the right to submit inquiries to the Constitutional Court on the conformity of laws with the Constitution. Continue reading »

2013 10/12

Vasil Paliakou and Leanid Sudalenka

In total, since the beginning of the year the Center for Strategic Litigation filed 24 new strategic cases. 14 messages were sent to the UN Committee on Human Rights, three of which have been registered and sent to the Government of Belarus for comments. Continue reading »

2013 10/12

Two private complaints were filed to the regional court. They described cases when the district court has failed to solve issues related to the organization of pickets. Moreover – judges of Kastrychnitski district court are contradicting each other in their reasons. Continue reading »

2013 07/12

Aliaksei Lapitski, Zhodzina

Belarusian authorities in all appearances, are in a hysterical fear of massive public protests, as well as in hopes to somehow fill up the “leaky state budget”, and as if on a fully legal grounds began to lay down conditions to applicants of peaceful assemblies (picketings, rallies, marches) about the conclusion of payment agreements with the militia, health care and community services. Continue reading »

2013 06/12

The Constitution says about guaranties from the authorities but the authorities say about the fee-paying arrangements (!?) as a prerequisite for the use of such guarantees! Isn’t it an absurd?

Biaroza human rights defenders got a response from the Executive Committee on their request to explain how it is possible to conclude a contract with health care, housing and militia cervices when organizing a mass event, if these institutions refuse to. Continue reading »

2013 06/12

“International Law in Advocacy”

On December 3, friends and partners of Human Rights House Network directed the appeal to the President of Ukraine to listen the recommendations of the Ukrainian civil society, which in particular are: Continue reading »

2013 05/12

Chief ideology official of Salihorsk district executive committee, Mikalai Maskevich, did not allow local civil society activists to hold a picket to celebrate the Human Rights Day on December 10. Continue reading »

2013 05/12

On 4 December the Leninski District Court of Hrodna considered a complaint of the Hrodna human rights defenders Viktar Sazonau, Uladzimir Khilmanovich and Raman Yurhel against the prohibition of the picket they intended to hold on 10 October, the World Day Against the Death Penalty, by the Hrodna City Executive Committee. Continue reading »