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 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 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 12/04

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2016 15/03

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

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2016 03/03

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

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2016 03/03

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

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2016 02/03

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

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2016 29/02

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

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2016 29/02

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

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2016 28/02

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

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2016 21/02

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

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2016 17/02

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

 

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

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2016 09/02

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

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2016 16/01

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

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2016 15/01

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

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2016 13/01

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

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2016 11/01

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

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2016 10/01

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

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2016 10/01

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

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2015 07/05

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

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

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2015 16/04

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

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2015 27/02

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

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2015 22/02

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

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2015 18/02

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

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

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2015 10/02

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

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2015 06/02

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

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2015 05/02

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

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2015 31/01

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

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

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2015 29/01

After a series of circuit court hearings held at the police department of the Tsentralny district in Minsk, which caused much indignation, the official website of the Supreme Court published an official message providing “explanations regarding an incorrect media report”.
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2015 27/01

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

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2015 25/01

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

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2015 19/01

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

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2015 18/01

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

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

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2015 16/01

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

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2015 16/01

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

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2015 15/01

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

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

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2015 14/01

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

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2015 12/01

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

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

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

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

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2015 03/01

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

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2015 02/01

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

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2014 30/12

Human rights activist Leanid Markhotka has sent to the court of Salihorsk district an appeal against a ban imposed by local officials on a picket that was scheduled for Human Rights Day. Prior to this, Mr. Markhotka wrote to the prosecutor, but that attempt failed.
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2014 24/12

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

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

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2014 24/12

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

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2014 19/12

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

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2014 17/12

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

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2014 11/12

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

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2014 10/12

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

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2014 10/12

December 10 is the Human Rights Day, which is celebrated around the world. On this day in 1948 the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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2014 08/12

Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka and the civil society activist Halina Bialova have received an answer from Homel City Executive Committee regarding their application for holding a procession on Human Rights Day, December 10.
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2014 05/12

Baranavichy City Executive Committee banned the picket dedicated to the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, organized by the human rights activists Viachaslau Bolbat and Siarhei Housha.
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2014 04/12

Deputy Chair on ideological work of Salihorsk District Executive Committee Mikalai Maskevich turned down an application of the local representatives of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee for holding a picket on the occasion of the Human Rights Day on the central square of the town. Continue reading »

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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 02/12

On December 1 human rights defender, executive director of national human rights defending  association “Movement for realization of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights “PACT”” which is under formation Leanid Sudalienka directed a petition to MFA of Belarus requesting the publishing of decisions of UN Committee on human rights on official website of the ministry. Continue reading »

2014 28/11

There were court sessions in Czyhunaczny district court f Viciebsk for taking photos against graffiti.Everybody was found guilty in nonauthorized picketing.

Zmicier Kazakievicz and Alena Sciapanava were fined in the amount of 20 basic amounts (i.e. for 3 million rubles each), and activist of organizing committee of Belarusian Christian Democracy Party Alena Szabunia – in the amount of 18 basic amounts (which is 300 hundred less) taking into consideration the fact that she has three children and that she in unemployed.

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2014 28/11

On November 28 court of Leninski district of Minsk investigated the administrative case of deputy head of the Conservative Christian Party of Belarusian Popular Front Juras Bielenki and fined him for the amount of 30 basic amounts (4.5 million BYR) for the demonstration to the place of shooting of victims of Bolshevik terror on November 9.
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2014 27/11

On November 27, the Svetlahorsk City Court was expected to hear the administrative charges brought against Yury Liashenka, an activist for the right of persons with disabilities.
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2014 27/11

The human rights activist wants to get an official response, can be photographed in Vitebsk without permission. The basis for the administration of the treatment was the incident with the Vitebsk journalists and activists who are accused of holding an unauthorized action “based on” snapshots with the photo shoot. Continue reading »

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2014 27/11

bialiacki-111_600_Li_logo02The Human Rights Center “Viasna” publishes the official text of a decision taken by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in the case of its leader and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights, Ales Bialiatski.
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2014 25/11

Another administrative trial of deputy chairman of the Conservative Christian Party BPF, Yuras Belenki, will be held on November 28 in the Leninski District Court of Minsk.
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2014 20/11

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has found numerous violations of the right to disseminate information against a United Civil Party activist from Homel Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh. The Committee recommends the Belarusian authorities to restore the activist’s rights, to compensate for all the costs incurred, as well as to change the law “On Mass Events”. Continue reading »

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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 18/11

On November 17 the court of Pershamaisky district of Minsk started the trial of the deputy chairman of the Conservative Christian Party BNF Yuras Belenki. He is accused of breaking the law on mass events as the organizer of the meeting (Part 2 art.23.34 of the Administrative Code). Continue reading »

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2014 14/11

The case of the resident of the Drahichyn district Vasil Yuzepchuk was considered by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in October 2014. The Committee admitted violation of paragraph 3 of Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as Yuzepchuk was not brought before a judge promptly to address the issue of his arrest. Continue reading »

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2014 06/11

Members of the Conservative Christian Party Belarusian Popular Front Piatro Sarapenia and Yan Dziarzhautsau wanted to conduct their event on November 7 in order to inform the citizens about the consequences of the October coup d’etat and the need to ban the Communist Party of Belarus and its ideology. Continue reading »

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2014 04/11

Belarusian human rights organizations appealed to the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, as well as to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus with a request to urgently intervene.
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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 25/10

At the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on October 23 was presented the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Michel Forst. Continue reading »

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2014 23/10

Meeting on the Freedom Day(Dzien Voli) on March 25, 2009 ended with detention for Ihar Bazarau and Valery Aliaksandrau . Two days later, the Court of the October District they were fined in the amount of two basic units.
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2014 22/10

The Special Rapporteur on human rights defend­ers, Michel Forst, is to present his first report tothe General Assembly on October 23rd 2014. TheSpecial Rapporteur on the situation of humanrights in Belarus, Miklos Harastzi, is to present athematic report on human rights defenders inBelarus to the General Assembly on October 28.
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2014 10/10

October 9, Mozyr activist Uladzimir Tseliapun appealed to the Mozyr Inter-District Prosecutor’s Office asking to assess the legality and validity of the judgment on his complaint. The reason for the appeal was the doubt that the judgment issued by the Mozyr District Court was competent, fair and impartial.
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2014 30/09

Ales Bialiatski, head of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights, was in Strasbourg at the opening session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where on September 29 has been named the winner of the Vaclav Havel Prizeon human rights.
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2014 22/09

Members of the Conservative Christian Party BNF Jan Dzyarzhautsau Aleh Emialianau and Peter Sarapenia applied for meetings at the three districts of the city. And have got refuses from three district administrations.
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2014 18/09

The trial of Bobruisk journalist Maryna Molchanova is scheduled on the 18th September. As its written in the service of summons, she is going to be judged under Article 22.9 of the Administrative Code, “Violation of legislation on the media.” Continue reading »

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2014 12/09

September 9, human rights activist Siarhei Housha filed a complaint to the Chairman of the Brest Regional Executive Committee against the decision of the Baranavichy City Executive Committee dated July 14, 2014, prohibiting picketing on 27 July.
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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 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 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

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 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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