2016 09/02

Юры Рубцоў (Менск, Дзяды - 2013)The Belarusian government has responded to a complaint submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee on behalf of former political prisoner Yury Rubtsou. The letter says that Rubtsou was not prosecuted for expressing his opinion, but for disobeying a lawful order from a police officer. Continue reading »

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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 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 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 16/07

Local human rights defender Uladzimier Cieliapun made an application for holding a picket on the 3rd of August to Mazyr regional executive committee. A picket is to protest regarding political prisoners in Belarus, supporting them and claiming for their immediate release. Continue reading »

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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 13/07

In Homiel there is a decision concerning the procedure of public events in force, according to which anyone who would like to hold a mass-meeting or to attract attention to any problem is obliged to conduct service agreements with ambulance and for cleaning of grounds at his own expense. Nevertheless particular providers of such services are listed in the decision, no one managed to conduct an agreement with them. 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

Ales Bialatski met his friends and colleagues, human rights defenders and lawyers from abroad and from various regional departments of Human Rights Center “Viasna” in Belarus. Continue reading »

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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 24/05

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PUBLIC STATEMENT

18 May 2012
EUR 49/005/2012

Amnesty International’s position on the case of
Syarhei Kavalenka Continue reading »

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2012 25/04
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Arbitrary detention is used in Belarus against political opponents and persons exercising their freedoms of conscience, opinion and expression. The use of arbitrary detention as a tool of systematic repression of critical voices constitutes a serious violation of human rights as the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention underlines1. We urge the authorities of the Republic of Belarus to release all political prisoners and to compensate them for the harm suffered.
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2012 17/02
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The European Parliament,

– having regard to its resolution of 17 December 2009 on Belarus1 and to its other resolutions on that subject, in particular those of 15 September 20112, 12 May 20113, 10 March 20114 and 20 January 20115,
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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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2011 18/11
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Andrei Sannikau behind bars

“Viasna” urges the Belarusian authorities to immediately put an end to abuses against prisoner of conscience Andrei Sannikau and his family.
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2011 16/11
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The whereabouts of Belarusian prisoner of conscience Andrei Sannikau are currently unknown. Amnesty International fears he may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
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2011 13/10
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Sviataslau Barananovich

The Maskouski District Court of Minsk finished the proceedings concerning the last figurant of the 19 December case, Sviataslau Barananovich. Judge Alena Rudnitskaya found him guilty of participation in the “mass riot” and sentenced him to three years of personal restraint with direction to a penitentiary institution, though the accusation article doesn’t provide such penalty.
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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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2011 23/09
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23 September 2011

Minsk

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” expresses its concern over the transfers of political prisoners Andrei Sannikau and Zmitser Dashkevich.

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2011 09/06
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The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Human Rights Centre Viasna demand to stop cruel treatment and torture of political prisoner Mikita Likhavid
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2009 07/05

As said by the lawyer of the political prisoner Pavel Sapelka, Mikalai Autukhovich calls on the people who are keeping the hunger-strike of solidarity with him to stop it. He thanks everybody for the support, but says that their health and youth are necessary to continue the struggle for democracy.
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2009 24/02
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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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