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Reporters Without Borders: Journalists, bloggers barred from vote count in Belarus

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Fre, 2018-02-23 10:01

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the explusions of several journalists and bloggers from voting stations in Minsk as votes were being counted after the Belarusian municipal elections on 18 February. RSF regard the evictions, in which violence was used, as deliberate censorship. Observers meanwhile claimed that election fraud took place.

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The price for speaking out: Nabeel Rajab sentenced to 5 years for tweeting in Bahrain

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Don, 2018-02-22 12:53

Beirut-Geneva-Paris, February 21, 2018 - Today in Bahrain, prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, BCHR President and FIDH Deputy Secretary General, was sentenced to 5 years in prison under trumped-up charges in relation to tweets denouncing the torture against detainees at Jaw prison and exposing the killing of civilians in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition.

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Amnesty International releases annual report

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Don, 2018-02-22 10:36

Over the past year, leaders have pushed hate, fought against rights, ignored crimes against humanity, and blithely let inequality and suffering spin out of control. This provoked mass protests, showing that while our challenges may never be greater, the will to fight back is just as strong. Amnesty International’s report, The State of the World’s Human Rights 2017/18, covers 159 countries and delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights in the world today.

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Watchdog Warns Corruption Usually Follows Media, NGO Crackdowns

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Mit, 2018-02-21 19:52
Transparency International says government crackdowns on NGOs and media are associated with higher levels of corruption and most countries are "moving too slowly" to combat graft.
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Local elections. Final report

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mit, 2018-02-21 15:11

The observation involved 29 long-term observers. The observers were accredited to the number of TECs and DECs, which covered more than 70% of the voters. The results of processing reports on separate stages of the elections were published in the form of corresponding milestone reports.

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EU Urges Belarus To Undertake 'Serious' Electoral Reform

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mit, 2018-02-21 09:19

The European Union has called on Belarus to immediately work on a "serious and comprehensive" reform of the election law and processes following local elections in the country.

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Poland Broke Law With Ancient Forest Logging, EU Court Adviser Says

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Die, 2018-02-20 21:13
The legal adviser to the European Union’s top court says that Poland broke the law by authorizing logging in one of the continent’s oldest forests.
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EU Urges Belarus To Undertake 'Serious' Electoral Reform

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Die, 2018-02-20 15:56
The European Union has called on Belarus to immediately work on a "serious and comprehensive" reform of the election law and processes following local elections in the country.
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Prosecutor Seeks Four-Year Prison Sentence For Belarusian Activist

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Die, 2018-02-20 14:48
The state prosecutor has asked a Belarusian court to sentence an activist who took part in protests against a law obliging the unemployed to pay taxes on "social parasites" to four years in prison.
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One Man, Three Votes?

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Die, 2018-02-20 13:47
A Belarusian activist filmed himself voting multiple times in local elections, after reading how the authorities were planning to perpetrate voting fraud.
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Belarusian Supreme Court Upholds Japanese Man's Arms-Smuggling Conviction

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Die, 2018-02-20 11:53
The Supreme Court of Belarus has rejected an appeal from a Japanese military-history buff who is in prison on arms-smuggling charges after he brought antique gun parts into the country.
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Electoral system of Belarus requires urgent reanimation

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Die, 2018-02-20 08:44

Elections to the local councils did not meet a number of key international standards for democratic and free elections, coordinators of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” said at a press conference on February 19 in Minsk.

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Belarusian Journalist Said Beaten By Police, Charged With Resistance

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Mon, 2018-02-19 10:34
A Belarusian journalist has been charged with resisting law enforcement officers after an altercation in which his employer, the TV channel Belsat, says he was beaten by police.
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Belarus Files Complaint As Ukraine Takes Olympic Skiing Gold

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Son, 2018-02-18 14:54
Oleksandr Abramenko has won Olympic freestyle skiing gold for Ukraine in the men's aerials competition at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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Report on monitoring the phase of election campaigning

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Son, 2018-02-18 12:30

Observation is carried out by the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" in the framework of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections".
The observation campaign involves 29 long-term observers.

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Belarusian Activist Tried Over Violence At 'Parasite Tax' Protest

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Fre, 2018-02-16 13:43
A Belarusian activist who took part in rallies against a law obliging the unemployed to pay taxes on "social parasites" is on trial in Minsk on a charge of attacking a police officer.
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EU Extends Belarus Arms Ban, With An Exception

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Mit, 2018-02-14 13:49
European Union diplomats have decided to extend the EU arms embargo on Belarus by another year but to make an exception for small-caliber sport guns.
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Investigation into trade unions’ case renewed

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Die, 2018-02-13 09:43

The authorities have extended the investigation into the case of the REP trade union, the organization’s leader Henadz Fiadynich said quoting the new investigation team.

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Belarus Puts Ukrainian Journalist On Trial For Espionage

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Mon, 2018-02-12 17:37
The Supreme Court of Belarus says it has started the trial of a Ukrainian journalist charged with espionage.
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Joint Statement of Belarusian Human Rights Organizations on Blocked Access to Belaruspartisan.org and Charter97.org

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mon, 2018-02-12 10:12

Over the past two months, Belarus has resumed the practice of arbitrary restrictions on access to independent Internet media. Thus, the Government has blocked the popular information resources Belarusian Partisan (belaruspartisan.org) and Charter 97 (charter97.org), the media regularly covering the most topical social and political issues.

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