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 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 22/07

Belarus has intensified pressure on the students for their participation in the activities of civil society organizations, say coordinators of a monitoring on violations of human rights and academic freedoms of students carried out by the Studentskaya Rada NGO in the framework of the Public Committee of Bologna. Continue reading »

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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 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 23/01
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On 23 January, experts of the Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs and the Center for Legal Transformation presented the results of monitoring of the situation with non-governmental organizations and freedom of association in Belarus in 2011.
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2011 27/09
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The working group of the Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus has adopted two statements concerning the possible dialogue of the authorities with society and the prospects of the EU-Belarus relations within the European Partnership programme.
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2010 18/01
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On 25.12.2009 the UN HRC received another individual complaint of violations of the right to association (Art.22 of the ICCPR) by Belarus (drawn up by human rights activist Siarhei Ustsinau).

One must admit that last year was exemplary in terms of manifestations of the real trends in the deteriorating situation of civil rights and freedoms in Belarus. Continue reading »

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2009 02/12
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Article 193-1

Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code may be decriminalized in the near future, says Mr. Huminski, head of the Standing Commission for National Security of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, in reply to a complaint by Brest human rights lawyer Uladzimir Malei. Continue reading »

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2009 17/11

The main justice department of Hrodna oblast executive committee denied the state registration to the Cultural-educational association ‘Golden Lion’ from Slonim.

The registering organ quoted as the reason for the non-registration the incompatibility of certain provisions of the organization charter with the law, including the norms concerning the order of amending the charter and appealing against the decision of the association’s organs. The officials of the justice board also state that as far as the phrase ‘Golden Lion’ is not explained in the charter, the association name contradicts to this document. 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 30/07

enemoENEMO (European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations) has issued a statement on the pre-term parliamentary election in the Republic of Moldova. Continue reading »

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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 28/02

http://tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:9vFT-3tCVhmJUM:http://www.hrono.info/heraldicum/flagi/belarus/images/mf.gifAccording to www.by.milinkevich.org, Mazyr town authorities refused to facilitate the search for a legal address by the Young Front youth movement, saying interference in the activities of NGOs is prohibited by the law.

The town authorities also refused to assist the Young Front in finding premises for holding a constituent assembly by the organization’s local office. At the same time the founders of the movement were warned that holding an illegal congress would be viewed as violation of the Law on Mass Actions and may result in administrative or criminal prosecution.

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2009 28/02

Günter Nooke

Günter Nooke

“Our visit should remind the EU countries and Belarus that cooperation, even on economic grounds, must base on common system of values, Günter Nooke said.

Günter Nooke, German’s Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights, was in the delegation of ombudsmen from four European states, visiting Belarus.

As the German ombudsman pointed out at a meeting with journalists on February 26, “a visit of the delegation isn’t aimed at looking for positive changes”:

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2009 11/02

NGOs Assembly

NGOs Assembly

On 7 February there took place the constituent assembly of the Assembly of Democratic NGOs, at which the organization charter and other documents necessary for state registration were adopted. 

Among the founders of the assembly there are NGOs from all over Belarus, including the Republican human rights association Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the Center for Human Rights, Minsk NGO ‘Center Supolnasc, the public association of large families of Verkhniadzvinski district Family, etc. If the Assembly of Democratic NGOs passes the state registration successfully, other NGOs will be invited to join it as well.
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2009 03/02
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Leninski district court of Minsk refused to consider a complaint against the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that ignores the UN ruling prescribing the legal rehabilitation of the Civil Initiatives NGO.
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2008 18/10

Alaksiej Łapicki, ŽodzinaThe issue under analysis is still topical, having a definitely practical meaning in the light of the recent events and the post-election resolution by the Council of Europe. The article deals with the issues having an enormous practical significance for the democratization of the society.

Their solution could be a step towards the international community, aimed at the creation of a renewed reputation of Belarus as a sensible and predictable partner, committed to the international standards in the field of civil and political rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in particular.

Thus, to be or not to be: that is the question!

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2008 16/01

Vasil PaliakouIn autumn 2006 the UN Human Rights Committee condemned the decision by the Belarusian authorities to close down the Homel Regional Public Association ‘Civil Initiatives’ and called upon the government of Belarus to rehabilitate its rights. As yet, things appear to be where they started.
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