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 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 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 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 24/03

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


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 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 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 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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2014 04/12

Only in the beginning of December human rights defenders Alaksiej Lapicki and Sviatlana Lapickaja found in their post box an envelope with a reply of housing utilities sector of Minsk regional executive committee on appeal about the fact of Zhodzina housing utilities sector of refused to conduct service agreement on cleaning the grounds after an event being held there demanded by the executive committee.   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 01/08

Human rights defenders from Zhodzina made a second since a Decree № 1020 from July 27 of 2012 year try to conduct paid service agreements with the police, health professionals and utility providers which are demanded by the executive committee to be attached to the application on holding a mass event.

On July 16-17 of 2014 they sent application offers to Zhodzina Municipal Department of the Interior, municipal hospital and housing and utility sector by e-mail. In their applications Alaksiej Lapicki and Sviatlana Lapickaja explained the situation that forces them to apply for additional or special and absolutely unnecessary paid services of these state institutions in details. By the way, these institutions work according their own regulations and that’s why they have official duties to provide policing, medical service and cleaning of grounds without any other special and certainly paid agreements. Continue reading »

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 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 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 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 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 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 08/04

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

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 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 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 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 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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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 21/12

Here we publish a compilation of graduates’ materials from the project “Lawyers’ Distance Learning of Human Rights”. 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 09/11

In Zhodzina Court

The second meeting in Zhodzina Court on the case of picketing ban…

On 11/08/2013 in Zhodzina court, chaired by judge Ivan Grynkevich the second hearing was held on the complaint of human rights defenders Aliaksiey Lapitski and Sviatlana Lapitskaya regarding the denial of Zhodino Executive Committee to give permission for a picketing in support of Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners, which was scheduled to take place this year on August 4. Continue reading »

2013 05/11

Yury Rubtsou in Miensk,
Dziady – 2013

On 4 November the Savetski District Court of Minsk sentenced the participant of the mass event “Dziady” (“Forefathers Eve”) Yury Rubtsou to three-day administrative arrest. Judge Dzmitry Pauliuchenka, having considered the administrative case of the opposition activist, found him guilty of “insubordination” to police officers (Article 23.4 of the Administrative Code). Continue reading »

2013 23/10

This week in Parliament legal guarantees of freedom of peaceful assembly are attempted to be established once again. Draft decrees “On freedom of assembly» № 2508a and № 2508a-1 are to be discussed.

Both bills, oddly enough, have their benefits, and both of them could be taken as a basis. Continue reading »

2013 17/10

Aliaksiey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

In connection with the fact that in Salihorsk members of Belarusian Language Association (TBM) began to defend their right for naming streets in Belarusian and demand implementation of the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On the geographical names of objects”, Belarusian Legal Portal asked Aliaksiey Lapitsky, the organizer and one of the founders of Zhodzina TBM n.a. F. Skaryna in 1999, about this attitude to the problem. Continue reading »

2013 01/10

Mikhail Pastukhou is a Doctor of Law, Professor, judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus in the past. We are talking to him within the project “European Dialogue for modernization of Belarus” about what constitutional reform our country needs. Continue reading »

2013 29/09

In early September, a new decision of Homel city executive committee on mass events came into force. The authorities say that it is meant to “expand the list of places for public events, as well as to improve the interaction between the organizers of public events and local authorities.”
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2013 27/09

From September 22 to 26 in Zhodino and other cities of the country as well as abroad, rallies in support of political prisoner and a prominent human rights activist, the head of the human rights center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski were held. Continue reading »

2013 17/08

Alaksiej Łapicki, Žodzina

That is the latest example – the UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint of Vital Lapasau, activist from Hrodna. At first glance it is an ordinary complaint. Several dozens complaints of Belarusians have been registered and considered by the UN HRC recently. However, it should be noted that this is the first complaint of the kind from Hrodna region which was filed with the methodological support of Homel human rights defenders. Continue reading »

2013 08/08

Valery Rybchanka, Zhlobin

Valery Rybchanka, Zhlobin

Human Rights Committee of the UN has registered a communication of the head of the Zhlobin district organization of the “Fair World” Party Valery Rybchanka concerning his unlawful arrest in July 2011. Continue reading »

2013 06/01

The appeal against the decision of Zhodzina City Court of November 22, with the reasoning part of November 29, 2013 which were presented by the judge of Zhodzina City Court Ivan Grynkevich to the applicants only on December 24, 2013 (! ), had to be filed on 03.01.2014 without a preliminary opportunity of familiarization with the record of the hearing and to making necessary comments on it. Continue reading »

2012 27/03
Пятро Кузьняцоў, Гомель

Piatro Kuzniatsou, Homel

Homiel leader of the Movement “For Freedom!” Piatro Kuzniatsou did not agree with the actions of Belarusian authorities, which arbitrarily, to his point view, deprived him of his right to freedom of peaceful assembly. Now he is litigating this fact in the UN Committee on Human Rights. Continue reading »

2012 20/03

Constitutional Court

The current situation in Belarus shows that the mechanisms of constitutional control and protection of human rights work here in a very specific, selective manner. It all depends on what field of international standards of law is affected: socio-economic or socio-political, relating to universal human rights reflected in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Continue reading »

2012 17/02

This report underlines the crucial role played by human rights defenders in standing up for the rights of others, challenging oppression and speaking out for those who have no voice said Front Line Defenders’ Executive Director Mary Lawlor speaking in Dublin today.
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2012 16/02

Aleh Aheeu, Miensk

Today people in Belarus are not surprised by the facts of numerous administrative detentions of persons from the active part of Belarusian society. The passive part of this society accepts these messages as granted, as a weather forecast for tomorrow.
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2012 26/01
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Belarus Piatro Miklashevich recently has demonstrated the government’s position on the citizens’ right to access constitutional justice. Continue reading »

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2012 23/01

On 23 January, experts of the Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs and the Center for Legal Transformation presented the results of monitoring of the situation with non-governmental organizations and freedom of association in Belarus in 2011.
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2012 02/01
Павал Левінаў, Віцебск

Paval Levinau, Vitsebsk

Vitsebsk human rights activist Paval Levinau tried to defend the rights of individuals, who were under administrative process, for release from responsibility in connection with the expiry of periods of limitations. For this he has appealed to the Constitutional Court. However, the court didn’t start to investigate, whether the norms of the current Code of Administrative Violations contradict the Constitution.
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2011 27/12

On December 26 the leadership of the “Center of strategic litigation” received a response from the UN Committee on Human Rights to the application of Homiel citizen Marysia Tulzhankova. The young activist complained to the UN Committee on Human Rights of violation of her rights by the state, namely the violation of the right of information and expression. Continue reading »

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2011 23/11

On November 22 and 23, 2011 hearings on the case of the head of the human rights center “Viasna”, vice-president of the International Federation on Human Rights Ales Bialiatsky continued in Minsk. Continue reading »

2011 17/11

November 16, 2011 in Minsk saw the fifth day of the hearing of Human Rights Center Viasna Head and Vice-president of FIDH Ales Bialiatski.
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2011 16/11

On November 10, 2011 in Minsk, the 4th day began of the trial of Ales Bialiatski, head of human rights center Viasna, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). The International Observation Mission of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus followed the progress of the process. Today’s hearing was devoted to the interrogation of the accused.
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2011 15/11

The trials conducted in the aftermath of the 19 December 2010 presidential election in Belarus highlighted the need for a substantial reform of the country’s justice system.
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2011 13/11
Навошта лёгіка ...!?

What is the logic ...!?

It turns out that the authorities of Zhodzina and Vitsebsk have different tactical approaches to the prohibition of peaceful assembly of citizens. However, they have one thing in common – the desire to forbid what they are obliged to guarantee to their citizens in accordance with constitutional and international legal norms. Continue reading »

2011 12/11
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Aliaksiey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

Zhodzina court admitted its mistakes. That’s how you can explain the accepted comments on trial protocol made by the applicants Aliaksiey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya on the basis of the process recordings after getting acquainted with the protocol of October 25, 2011.
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2011 06/11

November 4, 2011 in Minsk was the third session of the court case of Viasna head and Vice President of FIDH Ales Bialiatski. Reviews of previous meetings can be found here (the first day) and here (the second day) over the course of the process, you can also follow the International Observation Mission in Belarus here on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/IOMission.
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2011 05/11

On November 3, 2011 in Minsk the trial of Ales Bialiatski, the head of the human rights center Viasna and vice-president of the International Federation of Human Rights continued. The International observation mission of the Committee on international control over the situation with Human Rights in Belarus followed the progress of the trial. A survey of the first day can be found here. Today’s hearing was largely devoted to the examination of witnesses.
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2011 03/11

Today, on November 2, 2011 in Minsk trial over Ales Bialiatsky, the head of the human rights center “Viasna” and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) began.
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2011 01/11
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Ales Lapitsky, handling of audio material on protocol

On 31.10.2011 in Zhodzina human rights defenders filed their comments to Zhodzina court about records of the trial, which was held on August 13 and 17 on banning peaceful picketing in support of the arrested well-known human rights activist Ales Bialiatsky. Continue reading »

2011 25/10
Жодзінскі гарадзкі суд

Zhodzina town court

Indeed, on 10.25.2011, 7 days after the decision of Zhodzina court of 17.10.2011, a private decision of Zhodzina court was “found” in the case file on violation of law by the local executive committee … When was this definition rendered and who announced it? It’s not entirely clear. But the fact of rendering and publication of this decision at the end of the hearing on October 17 has been “fixed” in the presented protocol – (!?). Continue reading »

2011 18/10

October 17, 2011
The Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs
Republican Human Rights Public Association “Belarusian Helsinki Committee”
Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Legal Transformation Center

The present research focuses on analysis of amendments initiated to be introduced into a range of laws of the Republic of Belarus in autumn of 2011. Continue reading »

2011 16/10
Аляксей Лапіцкі, судовы працэс у Жодзіне

Alaksiej Lapicki, trial in Zhodzina

On 14.10.2011 from 14:30 to 16:45 the second trial on the appeal of human rights defenders Aliaksiey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya was held in Zhodzina court. The appeal was filed on lawless actions (inaction) of the officials from Zhodzina executive committee who made obstacles and prohibition of peaceful mass action planned on 8.22.2011 in support of a prominent human rights defender Ales Bialiatsky. Continue reading »

2011 12/10
Раман Кісьляк, Бярэсьце

Raman Kisliak

On 16 October the Brest human rights defender Raman Kisliak planned to hold a one-man procession on Kasmanauty Strip in Brest in order to draw the public attention to violalion of the right to freedom of the vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski.
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2011 12/10

The official journal of the European Union published names of 16 Belarusian officials banned from entering the EU.

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2011 09/10
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Aliaxey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

On 07.10.2011 from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. in Zhodzina city court a preliminary hearing presided over by Judge Tatsiana Tratsiuk was held on the appeal of Aliaxey Lapitsky and Sviatlana Lapitskaya about the unlawful actions (inaction) of the executive committee officials, who had violated the rights of Zhodzina citizens to hold a peaceful meeting in the form of picketing in support of imprisoned human rights defender Ales Bialiatsky.
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2011 24/09

Belarusian existing system of registration of public associations and political parties is very complicated and provides official ample opportunities to restrict constitutional right to freedom of association.
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2011 17/09

Zhodzina town

Zhodzina human right defenders try to reinstate constitutional right to peaceful assembly of citizen’s freedom of expression and information in court. Continue reading »

2011 13/09

Tatsiana Kasynkina, the investigator, who is in charge of Ales Bialiatsky’s case, improved the system of mass formal replies. According to the words of several activists from Vitebsk to the publication “For Human Rights” the “Refusal to satisfy petition” now looks different way. This decree is sent to everyone who requested the release of Ales Bialiatsky under his personal guarantee. Continue reading »

2011 01/09
Алесь Бяляцкі, Менск

The arrested head of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” Ales Bialiatsky tries to use time, which he is forced to spend behind the bars, more productive. Human rights activist reads a lot, studies English language, makes exercise and writes memoirs about the association of young writers “Tuteyshiya”, since he was one of its founders. Continue reading »

2011 30/08
Ігар Случак, Гомель

On August 29 in Homiel Soviet district court an administrative hearing of the report issued by miltia officers against activist Igor Sluchak took place. Continue reading »

2011 26/08
Жодзінскі ГАЎС з адзьдзяленьнем ІЧУ

Zhodzina police department

Discussions on this topic and a brief comparative analysis of two very vivid trials in Zhodzina are presented here grounding on two trials in which one and the same citizen, a human rights defender, had to participate as a defendant (30.06.2011) and as an applicant (8.22 .2011). Thus, during 1 month Aliaksiey Lapitsky had to talk to the police twice: about the incidents of 29.06.2011 which happened in the town’s square, and the incident of 29.7.2011 happened near the living house. Continue reading »

2011 17/08
Мікіта Ліхавід, палітвязень

Nikita Likhavid

As it became known citizens’ picketing in support of political prisoner Nikita Likhavid were banned not only by Borisov district executive committee. Unmotivated refusals of picketing were also signed by vice-chairmen of Lahoysky district and Zhodzina town executive committies – G. Drahunau and Y. Shary.
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2011 30/07
Аляксандар Вайцешык, Баранавічы

Aliaksandar Vaitseshyk, Baranavichy

On 27 July, Baranavichy civil activist Aliaksandar Vaitseshyk lodged a complaint with the town’s police chief against an incident that reportedly took place in the activist’s flat on the same day.
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2011 09/06
Павал Сапелка, Менск

Paval Sapielka, Мiеnsk

Paval Sapielka sent to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus an application on the Order of the Ministry of Justice about the extraordinary official evaluation of lawyers. He points out that this document violates both international law and national legislation. (further – orthography of the primary source)
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2011 25/02
Віктар Карняенка, Гомель

Viktar Karniajenka, Homiel

We suggest you to familiarize yourself with judgments of UNO Committee on Human Rights about “Karniayenka vs. Belarus” case (“Public Initiatives”, Homiel, 2004-2006). It is worthwhile noting that the judgments of UNO CHR experts of 2006 we suggest to read about the state’s violations of the right to freedom of peaceful assemblies at the events of liquidation of NGO “Public Initiatives” in Homiel – didn’t get any feedback from Belarusian authorities.

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2011 23/02

The 19 December presidential election in Belarus was marked by a lack of independence and impartiality of the election administration, an uneven playing field and a restrictive media environment, as well as a lack of transparency at key stages of the electoral process, concludes ODIHR’s final report published on 22 February.
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2011 18/02

On 17 February 2011, Minsk Frunzenski Court chaired by Judge Ms. Volha Komar with participation of prosecuting official Anton Zaharouski considered the case of Vasil Pafiankou, accused of committing a crime under Par. 2 Art. 293 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus – “mass riot”.
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2011 25/01

International Observation Mission prepared analytical note about the situation with rights of journalists in the frame of events which happened in Republic of Belarus after December 19.

This review is based on the information from open public sources, independent mass media, interviews with journalists and reports of Belarusian Association of Journalists.
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2010 03/12
Андрэй Елісееў

Andrej Jelisiejeu

More that a half of cases from Belarusian citizens examined by European Court of Human Rights is about extradition. This article is a review of such kind of claims which were not examined by European Court.

The Court was adopting either decision that the claims were inadmissible because of insufficiency, or was stroking them off the roll because of different reasons: applicant’s death, absence of intention to continue the action or the applicant’s withdrawal of the action. Continue reading »

2010 10/09

On September 10 in Minsk the representatives of Belarusian public community presented monitoring of how the situation in Belarus developed from November, 2008 till September, 2010. (further – orthography of primary sources) Continue reading »

2010 25/08
Uladzimer Vialichkin, Bierascie

Uladzimer Vialichkin

Uladzimir Vialichkin and Uladzimir Malei, co-founders of the Brest Viasna human rights association, have addressed the city’s justice department with a statement, demanding to reverse the 20 August court verdict, denying state registration to the HR group.
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2010 04/08
Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Leanid Sudalienka, Homel

Freedom of expression is a basis of political rights fixed in article 19 of Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. This inherent right includes the right to keep to an opinion, search for, get and distribute different information and ideas despite state borders – orally, in writing, printed or via artistic ways of expression or any other ways chosen by a person. Continue reading »

2010 21/07

Article 40 of the Belarusian Constitution vests every Belarusian citizen with a right to appeal to public bodies which are obliged to consider the appeal and give an answer on the merits. The Constitutional Court is no exception; its primary duty is to uphold the constitutional guarantees of everyone. Continue reading »

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2010 17/07

At a meeting of Belarusian human rights defenders there arose a discussion concerning the appropriateness of submitting individual complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee, taking shape in two main approaches – pessimistic and optimistic. Without denying the usefulness of the protection instrument in general, the pessimists argued that the Committee’s ability is extremely limited, the cases are long, besides the government of Belarus considers the decisions not binding. Accordingly, there is no need to resort extensively to the filing of complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee and to use this mechanism only in exceptional cases. Continue reading »

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2010 15/06
Alaksiej Lapicki

Alaksiej Lapicki

Human rights activists from Zhodzina submitted a supervisory complaint to the Chairman of Minsk regional court Valery Kraiko pointing out rude procedural violations, negligence of the Constitution and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in the case about violation of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in Zhodzina.
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2010 20/05

Here is the full text of the press-release.

Universal Periodic Review of Belarus : Positive commitments but no concrete steps
Minsk – Geneva, 20 May 2010 – On the occasion of the Universal Periodic Review of Belarus, the issues of death penalty, freedom of speech, freedom of association and assembly as well as the prohibition of torture and the independence of the judiciary went under review during the interactive dialogue held at the Human Rights Council.
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2010 30/04


The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe freezes high-level contacts with Belarus due to violation of democratic standards. Continue reading »

2010 27/04
Яўген Гарыд, Жодзінскі ГАА

Yauhen Haryd, Zhodzina ECED

They don’t react on claims of Yanka Lapitsky’s relatives to renew education in gymnasium in Belarusian language.

For this reason the relatives of Belarusian speaking school boy decided to ask for help in this Zhodina problem from the head of Union of Belarusian Language (UBL) n.a. F.Skaryna – Aleh Trusau. Continue reading »

2010 23/04
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Alaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina

On 20.04.2010 Aliaksiey Lapitsky received the decision of the Minsk regional court. On 18.03.2010 Cassational instance adjudicated the applicant from Zhodzina in his application in which the decision of court was disputed. The court didn’t find any violations of rights in actions of authorities of local executive committee who prohibited peaceful manifestation devoted to Human Rights day – 10.12.2009.
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2010 04/03
дзіўная справа №2-10-2010

Case №2-10-2010 (12.02.2010 - before disappearing of document)

Information on the case about protecting the right for education of Belarusian-speaking pupil Yanka Lapitsky isn’t provided by the administration of gymnasium #1, but… But a sensational disappearance of an important process document from the court case is also information!

On 12.02.2010 after familiarization with materials of the case #2-200-2010 in the court, Aliaksiey lapitsky, who defends rights of his own son, a 14-year old Yan, to continue education in Zhodzina Gymnasium #1 in Belarusian language, visited administration of Town Education Department and tried to find the documents of TED which are connected with violations of his right for choosing type and language of education. Continue reading »

2010 03/03
Асамблея НДА Беларусі

Assembly of pro-Democratic NGOs

According to information of the press-service of the Assembly of pro-Democratic NGOs, the Ministry of Justice for the third time refused to register the Assembly of pro-Democratic NGOs. The reasons for the registration don’t differ from the reasons given during the previous registration attempt. Continue reading »

2010 02/03

In 2009 the situation in the sphere of freedom of association in Belarus failed to undergo significant changes, the main problems in the formation and activities of public associations remaining unaltered. The practice of denying registration to public associations and political parties on dubious grounds including the socio-political stand of the associations’ founders was continued. Continue reading »

2010 23/02
Алесь Бяляцкі, ПЦ "Вясна"

Аles Bialacki, PC "Viasna"

Mass detentions and arrests of representatives of the unrecognized Union of Poles, a nervous attitude of the police to the work of journalists, trials and allegations of disorderly conduct against civil and political activists – all this has its specific reasons, which the authorities try to cover up with demagogic statements on rights and freedoms. These are the reasons named by the vice-president of the International Federation of Human Rights, Chairman of the Human Rights Center Viasna Ales Bialiatski in an interview with our correspondent.

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2010 16/02
Cуд без судзьдзі ... Рашэньне - без вырашэньня

Court - without justice. Decision - ...

As it became known, as soon as on 11.02.2010 at 10-30, the day after the pre-trial proceedings, practically on the fly, without even letting the applicants to undress after entering the court room, Judge of Zhodzina Town Court Tatsiana Tratsiuk announced her final decision. Continue reading »

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2010 12/02

This compilation of materials was prepared in August-September 2009 by a group of NGOs for conveyance to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in conjunction with the preparation of the Universal Periodic Review of the Republic of Belarus’ fulfillment of its international human rights obligations. Continue reading »

2010 10/02
Жодзінскі суд

The complainants are going to file an appeal in the case of the protection of the right to peaceful assembly in Zhodzina, following a negative decision by the Acting Chief Judge Tatsiana Tratsiuk issued on 27.01.2010. Continue reading »

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2010 07/02
Igar Piatryshenka

Igar Piatryshenka

Homel member of the For Freedom movement Uladzimer Katsora addressed the state bodies with the requirement of the fulfillment of the UN Human Rights Committee decision concerned the reactivation of the Civil Initiatives public association.

One of the appeals was directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which is directly responsible for the actions of the Republic of Belarus within the terms of international agreements, works in the field of international legal environment, and creates the image of the Republic in the sphere of international affairs and interstate partnership. Continue reading »