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 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 21/10

The woman prisoner with severe cancer disease almost died because of the indifference of Ukrainian judge. She was in need of urgent medical assistance that the prison authorities were not able to provide. The judge didn’t want to appoint such aid. 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 13/10

Siarhey Housha

The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus supported the Baranavichy human rights activist Siarhei Housha. This was stated in a letter signed by the head of the secretariat A. Karavai, which the activist received by mail on 8 October. Continue reading »

2013 12/10

Harry Pahaniaila

His biography is a finished script for a blockbuster about the adventures of a self-made person in Soviet and post-Soviet times. Camp for the repressed, orphanage, factory, army, law school, court, Ministry of Justice, Bar Association, trials and eternal unequal battle against lawlessness and injustice. Here are advices from a lawyer and a well-known Belarusian human rights activist Harry Pahaniaila.
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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 04/10

From 5 to 10 October, the Human Rights Center “Viasna” will hold “A Week Against the Death Penalty” , full of events and information on the painful issues raised by human rights activists in the Belarusian society. Continue reading »

2013 01/10


Ales Bialiatski, President of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, has been awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize. The winner’s name was announced today in Strasbourg by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Jean-Claude Mignon. The award was received by the human rights defender’s wife Natallia Pinchuk, who was present at the ceremony. 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 »