2016 08/06


The Committee on the norms and standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) drew the attention of the Belarusian authorities to the need to bring national legislation into conformity with the requirements of the ILO Convention № 29, which stated prohibition of forced labor. Continue reading »

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2016 30/03

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Prominent human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev, who has been imprisoned in Azerbaijan since 2014, was expected to be released on March 28 after his jail term was changed to a suspended sentence. Continue reading »

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2016 21/03

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2016 03/03

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Joint statement

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the other undersigned members of the Sport for Rights coalition express serious concern regarding the on-going disciplinary case against Yalchin Imanov, a prominent human rights lawyer in Azerbaijan. Continue reading »

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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 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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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 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 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 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 18/01

A criminal trial of human rights defender Rasul Jarafov began on January 15th in Baku serious crime court.   Continue reading »

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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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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 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 17/11

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Paris-Minsk, 17 November 2014 – In a decision that will go down in history, on 24 September 2014 the UN Human Rights Committee officially recognized that the Republic of Belarus violated the rights of Ales Bialiatski, President of Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and FIDH Vice President. 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 31/07

Azerbaijan’s most prominent human rights campaigner has been detained with her husband while trying to leave the country.
Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus, an academic, were hoping to board a flight from the capital Baku to Doha in Qatar, but were held at the airport. Continue reading »

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2014 30/07

Human rights defenders Leanid Sudalenka and Anatol Paplauny have lodged a lawsuit with the Homel Tsentralny District Court against the City Executive Committee, who banned a picket in support of political prisoners scheduled for August 4. Continue reading »

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2014 24/07

There is an application for holding a picket made in Viciebsk. The aim of the action, which is to happen on the 4th of August, is to get citizens of the city acquainted with the fact that there are political prisoners in Belarus recognized by Belarusian society, international and Belarusian human rights organizations. Human rights defender Leanid Sviecik is the initiator of the action.
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2014 19/07

On the 18th of July human rights defenders Sviatlana Lapickaja and Aliaksiej Lapicki applied to executive committee of Zhodzina for holding picket in support of political prisoners.
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2014 16/07

Human rights defender Uladzimir Malei applied to the Mazyr District Executive Committee to hold a picket in support of political prisoners on August 3.
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2014 04/07

Human rights defenders from Biaroza town made an application for holding a picket to coincide with the anniversary of accepting of Declaration of Independence of Belarus. As it is the day on which Supreme Soviet of BSSR opened a new milestone in the history of our country. Continue reading »

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2014 03/07

Human rights defenders Siarhei Rusetski and Tamara Shchapiotkina filed an application for holding a picket on July 27 to remind Belarusian citizens about the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Belarus, adopted 24 years ago by the Supreme Council.
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2014 30/06

On June 27, the Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House hosted a press conference of Ales Bialiatski, a former political prisoner, Head of the Human Rights Centre Viasna, Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and one of the Belarusian HRH founders. Ales Bialiatski thanked those present for the attention, but repeatedly reminded about the rest of Belarusian political prisoners.
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2014 20/06

The UN Human Rights Committee admitted to consideration a complaint by Viktar Sazonau, a human rights defender from Hrodna, Radio Racyja reports.
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2014 17/06

The Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the well-known lawyer and human rights defender Hary Pahaniayla sent a petition to the Constitutional Court to highlight the flaws of language-related legislation, which result in the discrimination of one of the official languages, Belarusian.
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2014 16/06

Барыс ЗвоскаўOn 17 June it was 2 years since the untimely death of Barys Zvozskau, the prominent Belarusian human rights defender, who passed away after a serious and long illness.
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2014 09/06

“Pact” unites Belarusian citizens on whose complaints the UN Human Rights Committee made or is going to make a decision.
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2012 24/09
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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 25/06
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Ales Bialiatski has received reprimands in prison as well as being subjected to restrictive measures. Civil Rights Defenders is deeply concerned for Ales Bialiatski’s situation and urges the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenka to immediately and unconditionally release the Belarusian human rights defender, in an open letter sent on Thursday.
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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 19/06
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Barys Zvozskau

In Minsk, friends, students, colleagues, relatives and friends paid last respects to a human rights activist Barys Zvozskau, who died after a long incurable desease, but until recently have been fighting both for his life and a better future for all of us, for free and lawful Belarus.
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2012 17/06
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On the night of 16 June the first president of the Belarusian Human Rights House, a well-known Belarusian human rights defender, co-founder of Association “Legal Initiative”, “Belarusian human rights defender of the year-2008″, Barys Iharavich Zvozskau passed away after a long illness at the age of 63.
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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 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 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 22/05

Paval Sapielka, Miensk

21.05.2012 Viasna launches campaign to monitor penal system. All information concerning the analysis of penal law and penal system monitoring will be published in a thematic section on the website of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”. The section’s expert is lawyer Pavel Sapelka.
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2012 18/04
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Валянцін Гефтэр, Расея

“People cannot be restricted in their right to travel abroad, expect for the cases when the decision has been enforced by a court,’ says Valentin Gefter, Director of the Institute of Human Rights, Member of the Presidential Council for the Promotion of Civil Society and Human Rights, in his interview with the web-site of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”.
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2012 15/03

Aleh Matskievich, Barysau

Barysau human rights defender Aleh Matskevich has received a reply from the UN Human Rights Committee saying that his complaint against several picket bans imposed by the town authorities has been registered by the Committee.
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2012 27/02

On 27 February, Homel human rights defenders Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka submitted a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee, arguing that their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly were violated by Belarus. Continue reading »

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2012 17/02
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This report underlines the crucial role played by human rights defenders in standing up for the rights of others, challenging oppression and speaking out for those who have no voice said Front Line Defenders’ Executive Director Mary Lawlor speaking in Dublin today.
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2012 03/02

The Soviet of the Republic sees no need to initiate the abolishment of Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, which penalizes activities on behalf of organizations that are not registered with the state. Continue reading »

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2012 26/01
Леанід Судаленка, Гомель

Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Belarus Piatro Miklashevich recently has demonstrated the government’s position on the citizens’ right to access constitutional justice. Continue reading »

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2012 23/01
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Constitutional Court, Miensk

Homel pro-democratic activists Uladzimir Katsora and Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh have addressed the Constitutional Court of Belarus with a demand to provide legal assessment to the provisions of Article 8.4 of the Code for Administrative Procedures in their compliance with Article 25 of the Constitution and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Continue reading »

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2012 20/01
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On 19 January, deputy chair of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich lodged a complaint with Minsk City Court demanding to reverse an earlier decision of 16 December 2011 by Minsk Partyzanski District Court to exact 56 mln. rubles of fine for alleged tax violations.
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2012 19/01
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Andrey Yurov, Russia

Well-known Russian human rights activist Andrey Yurov, head of the International Observation Mission of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus, wrote a brief article in which he summarized the main results of 2011 and noted the important trends for the future of the human rights movement in the CIS countries.
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2012 13/01
Раман Кісьля, Бярэсьце

Raman Kisliak, Brest

The Brest Regional Court confirmed the ruling of the Leninski District Court of Brest concerning the ban of a series of pickets under the slogan “Freedom to Political Prisoners!” by the Brest City Executive Committee in autumn 2011.
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2012 09/01
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Prison # 8, Zhodzina

Bear in mind that on 24 November Siarhei Bandarenka, Judge of the Pershamaiski District Court of Minsk, had sentenced Ales Bialiatski, vice-President of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, to 4.5 years in a high-security prison with confiscation of assents for alleged large-scale tax evasion.
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2011 06/12
Леанід Сьвецік, Віцебск

Leanid Svetsik, Vitsebsk

However, the head of the ideological department, Aliaksandr Kulikou, sent him a demand to present any documents which confirm their powers, instead of giving an answer.
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2011 17/11
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November 16, 2011 in Minsk saw the fifth day of the hearing of Human Rights Center Viasna Head and Vice-president of FIDH Ales Bialiatski.
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2011 17/11
Раман Кісьляк, Бярэсьце

Raman Kisliak

On 17 November, Brest Regional Court dismissed an appeal by local human rights defender Raman Kisliak against a BYR 350,000 fine for staging a picket of solidarity with the imprisoned Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski on 16 October.
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2011 14/11
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On 15 October the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) produced a special report “On the conformity with the universal human rights standards of Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code on the rights of non-registered associations of the Republic of Belarus”.
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2011 18/10
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Orsha prosecuting authorities have evaded providing legal assessment to a human rights picket banned by local executive officials; they suggested addressing the court, instead.
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2011 18/10
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Vasil Paliakou and Leanid Sudalenka, Homel

Homel activists Vasil Paliakou and Leanid Sudalenka have lodged a complaint with chief of Homel Tsentralny District Police Department, appealing their arbitrary detention on the day so called “People’s Assembly” was held, 8 October, www.gomelspring.org reports. Continue reading »

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2011 12/10
Раман Кісьляк, Бярэсьце

Raman Kisliak

On 16 October the Brest human rights defender Raman Kisliak planned to hold a one-man procession on Kasmanauty Strip in Brest in order to draw the public attention to violalion of the right to freedom of the vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski.
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2011 08/08
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The human rights defender will be kept in custody at least till 14 August evening. Continue reading »

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2011 08/08

We all are Ales: Libereco demands release of Human Rights Defender Ales Bialiatski
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2011 08/08
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CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation strongly condemns the arrest of Aliaksandr (Ales) Bialiatski, prominent Belarusian human rights defender, vice president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and head of the Minsk-based human rights centre Viasna. Continue reading »

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2011 29/07
А.Савіных, МЗС Беларусі

А.Savinykh, Belarusian MFA

The UN Human Rights Committee’s statement on Belarus’ violations of its international obligations by executing two death sentences is “injurious”, Belarusian MFA spokesperson Andrei Savinykh said on 28 July.

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2011 15/07
Уладзімер Малей, Бярэсьце

Uladzimier Malei, Malaryta

On 14 July Uladzimir Malei, member of the Human Rights Center Viasna from Malaryta, lodged a complaint with the Malaryta District Procuracy concerning unlawful actions of the police officers who had detained him on 13 July in the evening.
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2011 21/02
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Common initiative of Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and Belarusian Helsinki Committee … wan in the nomination “Campaign of the Year” in the award of NGO Assembly “Champions of public society – 2010”. Continue reading »

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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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2009 09/11
Мікалай Гаўрыленка, Лельчыцы

Мікalai Haurylenka, Lelchycy

Belarusian court fined the human rights activist Leanid Svetsik 30 million Belarusian rubles (about 12 thousand dollars). The sentence was imposed for that he had supposedly sent to various residents of the city of Vitsebsk threatening letters on behalf of the unregistered organization “Russian National Unity”. But every conscientious person in Vitsebsk, familiar with the substance of the issue will tell you that Mr. Svetsik could not do so, only because he provided legal assistance to all people who received such letters by mail. Continue reading »

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2009 01/11
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Belarusian LEGAL PORTAL

The Belarusian Legal Portal (by.prava-by.info) several appeals of support for civil society activists, individuals and human rights defenders harassed by the authorities. Continue reading »

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2009 12/08

The founders of the civil human rights association Nasha Viasna did not manage to get abolished the decision of the Ministry of Justice on the non-registration.
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2009 07/08

Ales Bialiatski

Ales Bialiatski

Belarusian human rights activist ales Bialiatski, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights, gives an outline of the situation of human rights defenders in Belarus during the recent years.
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2009 05/08

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Ales Bialiatski

Ales Bialiatski, head of Nasha Viasna human rights center commented on ban to enter Belarus to President of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) Souhayr Belhassen.
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2009 10/07

Civil and political activists of Vitsebsk distributed the following statement concerning the criminal persecution of Vitsebsk human rights defender Leanid Svetsik. Expressing their protest against criminal and court persecution the activists demand an objective and all-sided trial of Leanid Svetsik’s case by a competent, independent and impartial court.
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2009 11/06

The judge of Vitsebsk oblast court Halina Urbanovich announced a break after the petition of the defendant Leanid Svetsik for cessation of legal persecution and dropping the criminal case against him. The human rights defender said that he could not understand what he was accused in and considered himself innocent.
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2009 30/04

Front Line is concerned by the decision of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus, on 22 April 2009, to maintain the previous decision of the Ministry of Justice not to register the human rights organisation Nasha Viasna (Our spring). Nasha Viasna is the new name of the human rights centre previously known as Viasna (Spring), which was closed down by the Supreme Court following the demand of the Ministry of Justice on 28 November 2003. The human rights center Viasna is one of the most active Belarusian human rights organisations, specialising in particular in the defence, protection and promotion of political and social rights.
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2009 03/03

Ales Bialiatski

Ales Bialiatski

On 3 March the representative of interests of the civil human rights association Nasha Viasna Uladzimir Labkovich received a copy of the decision of the Ministry of Justice On registration denial to the public association.
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2009 24/02
Valyantsin Stefanovich

Valyantsin Stefanovich

A well-known Belarusian human rights activist has commented to the Cgarter’97 press-centre the arrest of the underage participant of the Process of Fourteen Maxim Dashuk.
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2008 07/06

Алесь Бяляцкі_On Friday, 23 May 2008 three KGB officers suddenly burst into the apartment of Leanid Svetsik, human rights activist from Vitsebsk. They showed to him the ruling of the prosecutor’s office for initiation of criminal proceedings under Article 130.1 of the Criminal Case of the Republic of Belarus (fomentation of national and religious enmity). According to this ruling, Mr. Svetsik is considered a witness in the case of threats to certain citizens from the side of the underground neo-Nazi organization Russian National Unity (RNE). Continue reading »

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