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

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 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

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

“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 »

2013 04/12

The deputy head of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) Ihar Barysau received an answer in the Russian language to his complaint about the placement of flags of the Russian Federation on the windshields of buses. Continue reading »

2013 04/12

Member of the United Civil Party (UCP) Uladzimer Shytsikau received summons from Homel Navabelitski district Court for consideration of the administrative case, according to which the head of Navabelitski department of public order, lieutenant-colonel Henadz Khilkievich accused the public activist of violating the mass event order. Continue reading »

2013 01/12

Kalinkavichy civil society activist Tamara Zaitsava filed a complaint to the district court against local executive committee officials, who banned a gathering outside the editorial office of the state-run newspaper “Kalinkavitskiya naviny.” The ban referred to the fact that the place is not on the list of locations authorized for mass gatherings by a decision of Kalinkavichy executive committee. Continue reading »

2013 26/11

Dzmitry Lupach

Dzmitry Lupach, an activist from the town of Hlybokaye, tried to challenge in court a ban on a picket of solidarity with political prisoners imposed by the district authorities after local restrictions on holding mass events had changed. This was written in an official letter from the executive committee. However, the court suddenly named a different reason for the ban that was recognized as legitimate. Continue reading »

2013 21/11

Alaksiej Łapicki, Žodzina

Trial on the prohibition of public rally in Zhodzina in support of Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners in Belarus was held from 11a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on November 21, 2013 in the building of Zhodzina City Court chaired by Judge Ivan Grynkevich. Today, the parties spoke at a debate… Continue reading »

2013 18/11

Pavał Levinaŭ, Viciebsk

Vitebsk human rights activist has filed applications for 3 pickets in three places of the city, each of which is planned to take place for just one minute. Levinau wants to hold the actions on December 10, the International Human Rights Day. Continue reading »

2013 16/11

At the 109th session, held from October 14 to November 1, the UN Human Rights Council considered Zhodzina case and found a violation of the rights of peaceful assembly and dissemination of information in the complaint “Kamarouski against Belarus”. The violations were committed by Zhodzina authorities in 2008 in respect of a group of citizens, among whom was Alexander Kamarouski. Continue reading »

2013 14/11

On November 13, Judge Siarhei Novikau (Homel Navabelitski Court) delivered a judgement on an administrative liability to the deputy chairman of the United Civil Party Vasil Polyakou. The politician was found guilty of violating Article 23.23 of the Administrative Code (violation of order of a mass event) and was fined the amount of 4.55 million rubles, which is 35 base units. Continue reading »

2013 14/11

Siarhei Rusetski, Biaroza

Biaroza human rights defenders sent a letter to Chairman of the Brest Regional Executive Committee Kanstantsin Sumar with a request to oblige local authorities to change its decision on the procedures for holding street events in the district. Continue reading »

2013 13/11

The UN Human Rights Committee has recognized that Belarusian authorities had violated the rights of the Chairman of Homel Regional organization of Belarusian Left Party “Fair World” Uladzimir Siakerka to peaceful assembly by banning a peaceful protest rally against the abolition of benefits to the entire population of the country. The rally was planned to be held in December 2007 in Homel. Continue reading »

2013 13/11

Alaksiej Łapicki (meeting in Zhodino City Court)

On November 12, 2013 starting from 3 p.m. Zhodzina court chaired by Judge Ivan Grynkevich held a regular meeting on the case of human rights activists from Human Rights Centre “Viasna” Aliaksey Lapitski and Sviatlana Lapitskaya against Zhodzina Executive Committee, which refused hearing the application and disrupted picketing, scheduled for August 4, 2013 at the entrance to the City Park of Culture and Rest in support of Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners. 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 02/11

Aliaksiey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

On November 1, 2013 from 10-00 to 12-40 in the building of Zhodzina City Court the first hearing of the case on the city authorities’ ban of a peaceful picketing in support of a political prisoner and prominent human rights activist, chairman of the closed by the authorities human rights center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski as well as other political prisoners was held. Continue reading »

2013 28/10

In his speech at the Forum on October 26, deputy head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” spoke about the human rights developments in Belarus since the previous Forum in 2010.

Three years have passed since the previous Human Rights Forum in September 2010. How has the situation of human rights changed during the time? Continue reading »

2013 25/10

Uladzimir Shyla, civil activist from Salihorsk

Salihorsk opposition activist Uladzimir Shyla submitted a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee to contest a ban on a Freedom Day picket imposed by Salihorsk district executive committee in March. Continue reading »

2013 21/10

Uladzimir Labkovich

Uladzimir Labkovich, member of the Board of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, filed on October 18 a complaint to the Minsk City Court against the decision of Savetski District Court. The human rights defender disagrees with the penalty he was punished with for the dissemination of information materials about the head of the organization and political prisoner Ales Bialiatski. 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 11/10

Siarzhuk Rusietsky, Biaroza

First time this year human rights activists were denied picketing in support of political prisoner Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners on August 4. The document was signed by Yauhen Tarasiuk, the deputy chairman of the Executive Committee. Continue reading »

2013 11/10

This was reported on 10 October by the coordinator of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus Andrei Poluda, the trustee of the convict. Continue reading »

2013 10/10

On October 10, the International Day Against the Death Penalty, Zhodzina human rights activists instead of the peaceful picketing near the City Park of Culture which was banned by the authorities, committed several other memorable actions of dissemination of information devoted to this important topic. Their activity was met with the interest and understanding among the citizens of the town. Continue reading »

2013 09/10

Aliaksiey Lapitsky, Zhodzina

The picket ban on the “Against the Death Penalty” Day in Zhodzina was received by the applicants 2 days before the planned event. Only on 08.10.2013 the human rights defender Aliaksiey Lapitsky received a registered mail from Zhodzina Executive Committee through the Main Post Office.
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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

Statement by the International Observation Mission of the Committee on International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus 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 25/09

On September 24 Zhodzina citizens congratulated a well-known Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatsky sentenced to 4.5 years of imprisonment on his birthday. Continue reading »

2013 20/09
Ales Bialiatsky
Ales Bialiatsky

Homel human rights activists have begun an action on birthday of Ales Bialiatsky, the sentenced head of the human rights center “Viasna”. During the campaign any concerned citizen can come to the office on Paleskaya street, 52 of the regional center and sign a birthday card for the political prisoner and human rights activist. Continue reading »

2013 19/09
Siarzhuk Rusetsky

Siarzhuk Rusetsky

In court of Biarozausky District human rights defenders failed to defend their rights to pickets. They asked to recognize the wrongful denial by Biarozausky Executive Committee of a demonstration of solidarity with political prisoners planned on Aug. 4, as well as violation by the District Executive Committee the deadlines established by law to respond to a request. Continue reading »

2013 13/09

Mikalay Samaseyka , the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus , Minsk

The House of Representatives of the National Assembly adopted changes in administrative law, where it took into account the comments of the Homel Center for Strategic Litigation. Earlier the article on the administrative detention of individuals contained such a discriminating term as “a person committed an offense”. Now it sounds like “a person who is blamed in commission of an offense”. Continue reading »

2013 13/09

Uladzimir Labkovich

On 4 September the lawyer of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Uladzimir Labkovich received a mail from the Minsk City Court about the reversal of the verdict of the Savetski District Court of Minsk on the administrative case according to which he was fined 3 million rubles. Continue reading »

2013 08/09

Homel Executive Committee adopted a new decision on the order of public events in the city. Lawyer Leanid Sudalenka, who was many times refused by the local authorities to conduct peaceful assemblies, and who filed dozens of complaints to the Human Rights Committee of UN on violation of the right to peaceful assembly, calls the decision non-compliant even to the national law on mass events: “Basic Law on public events allows activity in any suitable for such purposes places, except of areas forbidden by the law. The same law obliges local officials with the duty to determine the forbidden places for mass events. The law simply prohibits activities in places, prohibited by a decision of local authorities”, – the legal expert is quoting the new decision. Continue reading »

2013 06/09

Chairman of PO “BAJ” Zhana Litvina and vice-chairman Andrey Bastuniets

These were results of the pilot research EaP Mass Media Freedom Index which were announced today in the office of BAJ. Continue reading »

2013 28/08

On Zhodino media site www.licviny.info in section “Legal protection: law and justice” and “Publications” there appeared a full version of the ballot PRAŬNY FARPOST №8. Continue reading »

2013 25/08

The Human Rights Committee has recognized the violation of rights of Brest democratic community on freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly. Continue reading »

2013 23/08

For nearly a year, from August 2012 to the present day, Mazyr human rights defender Uladzimir Tseliapun was seeking justice in the courts of Homel region to appeal a decision of Mazyr District Executive Committee “On Mass Events”, arguing that the decision is not consistent with the law and violates the rights of citizens, the implementation of which are guaranteed by the Constitution.
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2013 23/08

Piatro Ivanou

Vitsebsk citizen Piatro Ivanou sent a complaint against the officcials of the government of the Republic of Belarus to Mrs. Margaret Sekagya, the United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Continue reading »

2013 20/08

Barys Bukhel and Aliaksiey Kolchyn filed a statement to the Leninsky district court of Mahiliou. Through the court they want to declare invalid and annul the decision of the Mahiliou Executive Committee of December 19, 2007 № 25-19 “On Mass Events in the city of Mahiliou” as well as of June 16, 2010 № 15-12 «On Amendments to the Decision of December 19, 2007 № 25-19″.
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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 16/08

Today, an activist from Homel Kastus Zhukousky in search of a judge who was able to hear his case on the basis of the Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights appealed to the President of the Supreme Court Valiantsin Sukhala. If the higher court will make a decision on the case motivating it by the local decision on the procedure of peaceful assembly in Homel, the activist intends to apply to the UN Human Rights Committee. Continue reading »

2013 16/08

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint by a human rights activist Vitaly Lapasau from Hrodna, who was punished by the authorities with a large administrative penalty for his participation in an unauthorized mass event on last year’s October 27 in the village Yakushouka, Svislach region, which was dedicated to perpetuate the memory of the 1863 uprising participants. Continue reading »

2013 12/08

On August 11 human rights defenders from Zhodzina sent their first postcards to Ales Bialiatsky and other political prisoners. Continue reading »

2013 12/08

More than twenty of civil and political activists in Homel put their signatures in support of the Human Rights House (HRH), which is located in the Russian sister town – Voronezh. The appeal was addressed to the governor of the Voronezh Region Alexei Gordeev, and it is requested in it not to deprive the Center of Human Rights of the occupied premises.
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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 05/08

Freedom to Ales!

Freedom for Ales!

Ales is every one of us. This is who we are! We all are Ales!

Solidarity actions are our small contribution to the fight against the repressive and command system, which is imposed to the people of Belarus by a pro-government nomenclature of stagnation times and its longtime leader.

Freedom for Ales Bialiatsky!
Freedom for political prisoners in Belarus!
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2013 04/08

On August 4, it will be two years since the arrest of Ales Bialiatsky – Vice-President of the International Federation of Human Rights, the head of the Belarusian human rights center “Viasna” closed by the authorities. International Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civil society is timed to this date. Continue reading »

2013 03/08

GENEVA (2 August 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, has urged the Belarusian Government to “immediately and unconditionally” release and rehabilitate human rights defender Ales Bialiatski. “Mr Bialiatski’s detention is a symbol of the repression against human rights defenders,” he said.
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2013 01/08
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City officials refused to consider a request for picketing in support of Ales Bialiatsky, claimed on August 4 from 6 p.m to 7 p.m at the main concert court of Zhodzina City Culture and Recreation Park.
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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 10/10

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation confirmed that the decisions of the UN Committee on Human Rights, taken by the complaints of Russians are binding and do not exempt Russia from the reliable and responsible implementation of these decisions in the framework of voluntarily assumed obligations under international law.
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2012 24/09
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзінскі суд

Alaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina court (August of 2012)

Only on Saturday, September 22 Zhodzina court prepared papers for information of the case of banning the picketing in support of Ales Bialiatsky and political prisoners. And the negative decision was issued on August 29 (!)
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2012 05/09
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Leanid Sudalenka from Homiel strategic lawsuit centre has achieved another victory in protecting rights of the Belarusians. The UN Committee on Human Rights considered the appeal about confiscation of computers from association “Civil Initiatives” at the presidential elections of 2001. According to this decree, the Belarussian State shall return the equipment and compensate the public association court costs.
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2012 05/07
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On 4 July Judge of the Salihorsk District Court Valiantsina Lapina turned down the appeal of a “Young Front” activist Andrei Tychyna against the prohibition of a bicycle rally, issued by the Salihorsk City Executive Committee.
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2012 29/06
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Ihar Leuchanka, resident of the town of Belaaziorsk, Brest region, has been fined BYR 2 mln for refusing to undergo fingerprinting examination, after he was summoned to local police department on traffic violations charges.
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2012 27/06

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

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2012 27/06
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Today (Wednesday 27 June), the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva discuss the situation of human rights in Belarus and the role that the international community should play.
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2012 25/06
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Paval Levinau, Vitsebsk

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

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2012 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 15/06
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Partner NGOs of Human Rights House Foundation: Human Rights Watch, International Federation for Human Rights, the Belarusian Human Rights House, Amnesty International participated in the conference. Continue reading »

2012 11/06
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Questions and Answers. Meeting of legal experts from Belarus with the representatives of the Police Department in Vilnius, Lithuania (2012)

There’s really something to learn and from whom to learn. And this is encouraging. After all, we stand in the pace with our neighbors, which whom we solved common issues, coped with the same problems competed and often won… Continue reading »

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2012 01/06

Volha Čajčyc, Smalavičy

TV journalists Tatsiana Belashova and Volha Chaichuts were detained by police in Gorky Park in Minsk. They were making a report in connection with the International Child Protection Day, 1 June. Continue reading »

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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 30/05
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Over the past number of days, in a flagrant denial of their right to freedom of movement, several Belarusian human rights defenders have been stopped by border guards while they were leaving Belarus, along with numerous political activists and journalists.
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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 28/05

Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзіна

Continuation of unlawful practice of purposeful political persecution against the opponents of the regime in the country shows that in the field of civil rights and political freedoms the entirely destructive suppression system has formed here. It is aimed at purposeful and deliberate deprivation active citizens of their inalienable constitutional rights to freedom of association, peaceful assembly, dissemination of information and expression of views… Continue reading »

2012 27/05

In the middle of the last year, Ministry of Justice refused founders Siarhey Kaliakin, Valery Ukhnaliou, Victar Korniayenka and 91 members to register the public association “For Fair Elections.” The Supreme Court confirmed the findings of the registering body, thereby putting members of the association in the illegal situation. Continue reading »

2012 24/05

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint submitted by the For Free Elections campaign, a Belarusian NGO denied state registration by the Ministry of Justice back in mid 2011.
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2012 04/05
Alaksiej Lapicki, Vilnia

Alaksiej Lapicki, in Vilnia

The article about the appeal of Homiel politician Vasil Paliakou to the UN Human Rights Committee on the fact of prohibition of the “National Assembly” and his subsequent administrative proceedings followed by his arrest and imprisonment still makes us ask a rhetorical question, with all our understanding of the situation in the country… That is, why don’t Belarusian authorities adopt the progressive experience of their colleagues from Vilnius))? As people say – “CHICKEN”?!
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2012 04/05

Vasil Paliakou, Homel

On 4 May the vice-head o the United Civil Party and chairman of the Homel regional organization of the UCP Vasil Paliakou applied to the UN Human Rights Committee. The politician believes that the Belarusian authorities violated Article 19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the right to freedom of information and of peaceful assembly) by sentencing him to arrest for organizing the People’s Assembly.
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2012 30/04
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Another ban on holding two pickets on May Day was received by Orsha activists of the United Leftist Party “Fair World”.
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2012 30/04
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Mikalay Ulasievich

Public activist from Varniany Mikalay Ulasievich continues to seek legitimacy from the local authorities. The day before Mikalay along with another human rights activist from Astraviets Ivan Kruk sent a special ppeal to the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus, and on April 28 Ulasievich visited the head of Astraviets militia.
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2012 17/04

Mrs. Zinaida Shumilina, Homel

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint submitted by Homel civil activist Mrs. Zinaida Shumilina, contesting a number of bans on holding pickets in support of former presidential candidates and their families.
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2012 14/04
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Yauhen Galashchapau, Maldova

Yauhen Galashchapau, Master of International Human Rights Law (Moldova)

Regarding the human rights situation in Belarus …

Yauhen Galashchapau, an expert of International Human Rights Law, participated in monitoring of the human rights situation in Belarus on the OSCE mission (2011)
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2012 02/04
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Homiel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka received a reply about the registration of their common appeal from Geneva. According to their appeal, on the eve of presidential elections in 2010, they appealed to the Homiel Town’s Executive Committee for permission to hold a rally, which was to be confined with the Day of Human Rights. Human rights activists wanted to draw the attention of voters on their right to refuse early voting. 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 23/03
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Two members of the Young Front opposition movement were detained outside Minsk detention center in Akrestsin Street on 22 March.
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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 09/03

Distribution of these materials in Homiel was stopped by the riot militia

In Homiel a member of anti-alcohol campaign “Don’t drink –let’s live” Vasil Takarenka was arrested. He was arrested by riot militia near the store “Homiel”. The activist was taken to the militia department of the Central District.
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2012 07/03

As we reported earlier, Homiel Centre of strategic litigation issued a manual on the issues of legal conflicts of administrative law, which lead to the practice of violation of the right to freedom and personal inviolability.
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2012 06/03

Siarhei Lisichonak, Мiensk

Assembly of Democratic NGOs of Belarus is against Art. 193.1 of the Criminal Code of Belarus and the restriction of the right to freedom of association for the citizens of Belarus.

Art. 193-1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus provides liability up to 2 years in prison for acting on behalf of unregistered organization (!)… Continue reading »

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2012 05/03

Уладзімер Кацора, Гомель

On 5 March Homel oppositionist Uladzimir Katsora filed an individual communication with the UN Human Rights Committee. The activist is of the opinion that the Belarusian authorities who were represented by the police officers who detained him and fined for the organization of a People’s Assembly, violated Articles 19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – the right to disseminate information and freedom of peaceful assemblies. Continue reading »

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