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Government could demonstrate will for change in fight against torture

Mon, 2018-04-23 15:05

On April 20, Pavel Sapelka, lawyer of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", and Aleh Hulak, chairman of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, took part in the expert-level consultations entitled “The practice of interaction with human rights treaty bodies.”

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

EU Lawmakers Deplore Harassment Of Independent Belarusian Media

Fre, 2018-04-20 10:44

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a resolution deploring the harassment of independent media before and after the February 2018 local elections in Belarus.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Time to act towards true abolition of the death penalty, say HRDs

Don, 2018-04-19 16:01

On April 18, Minsk hosted a round table entitled “Legal aspects of the abolition of the death penalty in Belarus”. The event was organized by the Council of Europe and involved members of the Belarusian Parliament’s lower chamber and representatives of NGOs, including the Human Rights Center “Viasna”.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Picks of the week

Fre, 2018-04-13 15:09

On April 11 and 12, the Court of the Brest region cancelled heavy fines earlier imposed on Belsat reporter Ales Liauchuk and local vloggers Aliaksandr Kabanau and Siarhei Piatrukhin. The fines were ordered by the Pinsk District Court. All of them were convicted of “violating media legislation”.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Belarus still only executioner in Europe and Central Asia

Don, 2018-04-12 12:04

“In Europe and Central Asia, Belarus was the only country to execute people. The country carried out at least two executions in 2017; at least four new death sentences were imposed,” Amnesty International said in its Annual Report on the death penalty.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Human rights activists present alternative report on torture

Sam, 2018-04-07 17:22

On April 5, a human rights coalition presented its alternative report on the implementation by Belarus of the UN Convention against Torture.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2018

Die, 2018-04-03 11:58

Despite the Minsk city executive committee’s permission to hold a rally and concert in the capital on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the BNR independence, the city authorities banned a march organized by a number of opposition politicians.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Belarus: Human rights defenders arrested

Fre, 2018-03-30 06:43

On 25 March 2018, six human rights defenders Maxim Kovalev, Tatyana Mastykina, Andrei Krechko, Anna Sakhankova, Anastasia Vasilchuk and Nasta Loiko, all members of The Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, were arrested in Minsk near Yakub Kolas Square for observing a public event

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Belarus: UN expert calls for end to rights abuses and deplores State repression 

Don, 2018-03-29 14:28

A new wave of arbitrary arrests, the use of the death penalty and violations of media freedom in Belarus have prompted a UN expert to call on the authorities there to respect their human rights obligations and implement recommendations made over the past two decades.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Belarus: Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of seven observers of Viasna and BHC, and obstacles to the right to peaceful assembly

Mit, 2018-03-28 21:50

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Political prisoner Dzmitry Paliyenka transferred to prison hospital in Žodzina

Die, 2018-03-27 14:38

Political prisoner Dzmitry Paliyenka, who is currently serving a 2-year politically motivated sentence in a penal colony in Babrujsk, has been transferred to a prison hospital in Žodzina, according to activist Maryna Nasenka.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Enhance the process to select new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Die, 2018-03-27 13:14

In a letter to the UN Secretary-General, a coalition of more than 70 civil society organisations has put forward proposals to revitalise and enhance the process to select the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Statement by the Spokesperson on the developments in the run up to and during Freedom Day in Belarus

Die, 2018-03-27 10:22

Belarus marked Freedom Day on 25 March to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Belarus's independence. While the authorisation of the celebratory event was appreciated, a requested rally was not allowed and the response of the Belarusian authorities was disproportionate.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Human rights defenders condemn mass detentions ahead and during peaceful assemblies on March 25, 2018

Mon, 2018-03-26 12:03

We, representatives of Belarusian human rights organizations, strongly condemn the preemptive detentions of activists throughout the country on the eve of mass events in honor of the centenary of the proclamation of the Belarusian People’s Republic, as well as during and after these peaceful assemblies.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Viasna observers, protesters, journalists detained in Minsk and across country

Son, 2018-03-25 14:09

Six observers of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” have been detained by the police in Minsk’s central Yakub Kolas Square, which was expected to host an illegal protest by Mikalai Statkevich’s associates. The opposition politician himself was detained earlier this morning and sent to serve 10 days of administrative detention.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

MEPs ‘alarmed’ by lack of ‘tangible progress’ in Belarus’ human rights record

Don, 2018-03-22 15:24

“The situation with regard to basic human rights and democracy in Belarus is far from showing signs of any tangible progress and change,” a group of MEPs said in a letter to Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Ales Bialiatski: “We protest against the repressive actions of the authorities ahead of Freedom Day”

Don, 2018-03-22 13:19

As previously reported by the Human Rights Center "Viasna", police in Minsk arrested several opposition figures, who were expected to lead a protest on March 25. The human rights activists are outraged by such actions of the authorities.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Opposition leaders held ahead of March 25 celebrations

Mit, 2018-03-21 12:52

Several leaders of the Belarusian political opposition have been detained today, including Uladzimir Niakliayeu and Viachaslau Siuchyk.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Weekly picks in figures

Fre, 2018-03-16 12:49

The country’s authorities continue abusing legislation to sanction reporters working for local and foreign media.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild

Belarus: undisclosed execution comes to light

Don, 2018-03-15 13:09

Amnesty International strongly condemns the execution of Belarusian death row prisoner, Kiryl Kazachok, in October 2017. News of his execution has only recently been disclosed by the family and brings the total number of known executions in Belarus in 2017 to two.

Kategorien: Belarus Pressebild