2016 17/05

Anton Surapin (fota: Alaksiej Lapicki)

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

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2016 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 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 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 03/03

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

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2016 02/03

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

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2016 01/03

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 28/02

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

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2016 26/02

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

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

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

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2016 31/01

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

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2015 16/04

VIENNA 16 April 2015

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

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2015 27/02

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

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2015 10/02

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

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2015 15/01

Consideration of the periodic report of Belarus in the United Nations Human Rights Committee rescheduled from the 113 session (March 2015) to the 114th session that is to be held in July 2015. Information about this appeared on the website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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2014 20/11

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has found a violation of the right to peaceful assembly and information in the case of BPF member Siarhei Lazenka. The activist sent his individual communication back in 2008. Continue reading »

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2014 20/11

During its 112th session United Nations Human Rights Committee adopted new general comment number 35 on Art. 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: the right to liberty and security of person. Continue reading »

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2014 04/11


The traditional commemorative action in the memory of ancestors, “Dzyady-2014″, including a march and a rally, took place on November 2, 2014. The event was organized by the Conservative Christian Party BPF. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

2012 15/06
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A number of human rights organizations (Human Rights Center “Viasna”, Belarusian Human Rights House, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Human Rights House Foundation, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International) adopted a special statement describing the deteriorating human rights situation in Belarus and emphasizing the need of appointing a Special Rapporteur on Belarus at the UN.
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2012 31/05
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Urgent call for immediate and unconditional release and for lifting the ungrounded travel ban of Belarusian human rights defender Aleh Volchak
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2012 29/05
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On 29 May, Minsk Pershamaiski District Court sentenced civil activist Vasil Parfiankou to six months of arrest for violating the restrictions of a preventive supervision imposed by a court under Art. 421 of the Criminal Code.
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2012 28/05
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On 24 May 2012, human rights defender Mr Oleg Volchek was arrested and detained by police, and sentenced to nine days of administrative imprisonment. Oleg Volchek is a prominent human rights lawyer and director of the non-governmental organisation Pravovaya pomoshch naseleniyu (Legal Aid to Population), which was closed down by the Belarusian authorities in 2003.
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2012 25/04
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Arbitrary detention is used in Belarus against political opponents and persons exercising their freedoms of conscience, opinion and expression. The use of arbitrary detention as a tool of systematic repression of critical voices constitutes a serious violation of human rights as the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention underlines1. We urge the authorities of the Republic of Belarus to release all political prisoners and to compensate them for the harm suffered.
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2011 23/09
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23 September 2011

Minsk

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” expresses its concern over the transfers of political prisoners Andrei Sannikau and Zmitser Dashkevich.

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2011 16/09
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Эўрапарлямэнт, Стразбур

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Belarus: arrest of Ales Bialatski, human rights defender

PE472.677
European Parliament resolution of 15 September 2011 on Belarus: the arrest of human rights defender Ales Bialatski
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2011 23/02
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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
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The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

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2011 18/02
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To the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

Ms. Gabriela Knaul

We, the undersigned human rights organizations of the Republic of Belarus and individual human rights defenders in personal capacity, would like to inform you about facts of pressure on lawyers by the executive authorities of Belarus, particularly, the withdrawal of licenses imposed on lawyers Uladzimir TOUSTSIK, Tamara HARAYEVA, Aleh AHEYEU and Tatsiana AHEYEVA, something threatening an access of their clients to an effective remedy and retarding the course of justice.

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2011 03/02
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International Observation Mission
Committee of the International Control
for the human rights situation in Belarus

Press Release

‘The Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the Promotion of Civil Society and Human Rights made a statement about the situation in Belarus’

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2011 02/02
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Dear Mr. Golovanov,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) which represents around one million European lawyers through its member bars and law societies from 31 full member countries, and 11 further associate and observer countries.
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2010 31/05
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International resonance

Joint Statement by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Human Rights Center ‘Viasna’ Continue reading »

2010 09/04

A wide range of foreign and international human rights organizations addressed Aliaksandr Lukashenka and Siarhei Sikorski with a joint statement to condemn the ongoing use of the death penalty in Belarus. Here we present to your attention the full text of the address. Continue reading »

2010 26/03

Civil Rights Defenders (Sweden), Belarusian Human Rights House (Lithuania), Human Rights House Foundation (Norway) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee condemn the detention of three activists of the Human Rights Center ‘Viasna’. “They were supposed to have applied for permission to assembly, but since the organisation they represent has been denied official registration several times, the application would not have been granted. In practice their right to assembly is severely restricted” says AneTusvik Bonde, Regional Manager at the Human Rights House Foundation. Continue reading »

2010 26/03
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Civil Rights Defenders (Sweden), Belarusian Human Rights House (Lithuania), Human Rights House Foundation (Norway) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee condemn the detention of three activists of the Human Rights Center ‘Viasna’. “They were supposed to have applied for permission to assembly, but since the organisation they represent has been denied official registration several times, the application would not have been granted. In practice their right to assembly is severely restricted” says AneTusvik Bonde, Regional Manager at the Human Rights House Foundation. 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 12/02
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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 »

2009 07/12
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On 4 September 2009 the Belarusian authorities sent its submission on the comment of Alena Zaleskaya (Vitebsk) to the UN Human Rights Committee. The comment was obtained during the correspondence on the concerned in Geneva individual complaint under No. 1604/2007 on the violation of Alena’s right to peaceful assembly and demonstrations fixed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
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2009 28/09

A group of international organizations dealing with media and press freedom, following the visit of a joint delegation to Belarus, which took place on 20-24 September, urged the Belarusian government to bring the regulation of media into line with international standards.
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2009 07/01

parlam_belarusWe have received a curious document – letters by Mr.Viniarski to the Constitutional Court and the Parliament of Belarus, dealing with the issue that first emerged during the trial when the accused was not allowed to use legal assistance from a human rights activist, which is an outrage against the constitutional right to defend. Continue reading »

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2008 30/12

Маніторныг НДА БеларусіHere’s a monitoring report issued by the Belarusian Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs. The review covers the events in the Belarusian civil society following the release of the critical resolution by the European Parliament in September 2008. We encourage you to freely distribute this information. Continue reading »

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