2014 29/08

Below is Rasul Jarafov’s appeal to the International Community about his unlawful arrest and the case against him. Continue reading »

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

ai-ukraineOn Friday Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council announced that fighters from the group had seized a penitentiary institution in Donetsk and threatened to kill all prisoners facing life sentences, forcing the others to join their ranks. 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 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 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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2014 14/08

Several dozen residents of Vitsebsk have signed a collective letter to the Council of Ministers to contribute to change the regulation of the Vitebsk City Executive Committee №881 “On Mass Events in Vitsebsk” and initiate an appeal to the Constitutional Court to verify compliance of this document with the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus. Continue reading »

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2014 13/08

Therefore “we are all to blame for what is happening in the Ukraine…” – was stated media expert Svitlana Yeremenko during the round table “One country. Civil unity, struggle against separatism and occupation, resistance to informational aggression on the example of the Dnipropetrovsk region”, held on 12 August. Continue reading »

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2014 11/08

Paris-Geneva, August 6, 2014 – The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT joint programme, deplores the recent acts of harassment and arrests of prominent human rights defenders Rasul Jafarov, Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunusov, and calls on the authorities to put an end to the ongoing repression against civil society organisations and representatives. Continue reading »

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2014 11/08

There is a picket in support of Mikalai Statkievicz and against Russian military aggression against the Ukraine is banned in Zhodzina. This ban was expected, because the applicants didn’t manage to attach to the application copies of paid service agreements with the police, health professionals and utility providers, which are necessary according to article 5 of Decree №1020 by Zhodzina executive committee from year 2012. Real impracticability (and moreover illegality) of this demand from applicants of peaceful assembly, but not “other public events” (sport, commercial, etc.) doesn’t bother local authorities. Continue reading »

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 06/08

The event, aimed at reminding the people about the existence of political prisoners in modern Belarus, has been scheduled for August 4. However, human rights defender Leanid Svetsik wasn’t allowed to hold it. Continue reading »

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2014 05/08

This was reported to Human Rights Center “Viasna” by the head of Belarusian DocumentationCenter Raisa Mikhailouskaya.
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2014 05/08

Citizens of Zhodzina celebrated Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civil society.
Local authorities prohibited to hold a picket in Zhodzina. Continue reading »

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2014 05/08

64 NGOs from 13 Human Rights Houses call upon the Azerbaijani authorities, in their joint letter to President Ilham Aliyev, to immediately and unconditionally release Leyla Yunus, Arif Yunus and Rasul Jafarov, and lift all charges held against them. The NGOs also repeat their previous call to release Anar Mammadli and Bashir Suleymanli, and join calls for the release of Hasan Huseynli. Continue reading »

2014 04/08

Applications for pickets for release of political prisoners, filed by human rights activists within the framework of the Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civil society, were turned down by the local authorities in Navapolatsk, Vitsebsk, Homel, Mozyr, Rechytsa, Zhodzina, Barysau, Baranavichy, Smarhon and Mahiliou.
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2014 03/08

There is a new banner in our category “Recommendations”, and exactly in section which is just at the end at the left side of the column with the titles of categories of the website. This interactive logo of the recourse allows visiting the website of human rights defenders of the Ukraine “Strategic litigation platform”. Continue reading »

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2014 01/08

European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to pay co-chairman of RPR-PARNAS Barys Niamcou 26 000 Euro as compensation for moral damage. Continue reading »

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2014 01/08

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

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

2014 01/08

Human rights defender Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus have been arrested on 30 July 2014. Leyla Yunus was sentenced to 3 months pre-trial detention, whilst her husband is under police control and not allowed to leave Baku. We call for Leyla Yunus’ immediate and unconditional release, as we see this as part of the persecution against human rights defenders and activists in Azerbaijan. Continue reading »