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Political bias in REP trial ill-disguised, say IndustriALL observers

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mit, 2018-08-15 15:36

The politically motivated charges against Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik, leaders of the trade union REP, are “solely aimed at paralyzing the union activities,” say observers of the IndustriALL Global Trade Union after attending the trial that opened on July 30.

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Belarus cracks down on journalists and publishers as oppressive new media laws bite, UN expert warns

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mon, 2018-08-13 13:57

GENEVA (10 August 2018) – A wave of raids and arbitrary arrests targeting independent publishers and journalists in Belarus highlights oppressive new rules against internet media in the country, says the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti.

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There Was No Return For Belarus's 'Children Of France'

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Sam, 2018-08-11 20:04
Yanina Grintsevic Stashko was born in France to Belarusians who emigrated there during the Great Depression, but she left France forever when her parents -- like thousands of others -- decided to return to Stalin's Soviet Union.
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Picks of the Week

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Sam, 2018-08-11 09:54

The sweeping and clearly disproportionate crackdown on independent journalists that started on August 7 and briefly paralyzed the work of the country’s leading news portal,, and the only private news agency, BelaPAN, has been making both national and international headlines during the week.

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Statement of the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Fre, 2018-08-10 09:54

In connection with the wave of searches in the editorial offices of the media and the detention of journalists

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Belarus Claims It Freed Detained Journalists, But Some Still In Custody

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Fre, 2018-08-10 02:41
Belarusian state investigators claimed late on August 9 that they had released all journalists detained this week on suspicion of hacking the computer systems of state-run news agency BelTA, but some independent journalists remained in custody.
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Belarusian Lockdown: Independent Journalists Decry Wave Of Arrests

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Don, 2018-08-09 19:46
Journalist Tatsyana Karavyankova was taken into custody by Belarusian police on August 7 in what analysts say is part of an attempt by Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to silence critics of his authoritarian rule.
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BelaPAN chief editor detained, more journalists remain in custody

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Don, 2018-08-09 15:47

Iryna Leushyna, chief editor of the BelaPAN news agency, has been detained today, said. Her apartment has been searched and computer equipment seized.

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Belarusian Nobel Laureate Alexievich Cancels Event In Ukraine Amid Threats

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Don, 2018-08-09 11:19
Belarusian writer and Nobel Literature Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich says she has canceled her meeting with readers in the Ukrainian city of Odesa amid threats.
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More Belarusian Journalists Detained As Media Crackdown Widens

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Don, 2018-08-09 10:22
A local correspondent for German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has been detained in Belarus on suspicion of obtaining information illegally from the state-run news agency, BelTA, amid what appears to be a widening crackdown on independent media.
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Four journalists still in detention, as searches of media continue

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mit, 2018-08-08 15:53

Maryna Zolatava, Hanna Kaltyhina and Halina Ulasik, editors of, the country’s leading online newspaper, as well as journalist Tatsiana Karaviankova, remain in custody on charges of illegal access to the government-owned news agency BelTA. The whereabouts of one more editor, Hanna Yermachonak, is still unknown.

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Council of Europe: Liberate all arrested journalists

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mit, 2018-08-08 11:37

Searches and arrests in Belarusian media. Statement by the CoE's Spokesperson of the Secretary General

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Statement on searches of media outlets and arrests of journalists

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mit, 2018-08-08 11:31

On August 7, the Investigative Committee of Belarus said that it opened a criminal case under Part 2, Art. 349 of the Criminal Code (“illegal access to computer information obtained out of other personal interest, which caused significant damage”). Reports also said that the law-enforcement agencies detained journalists Maryna Zolatava, Hanna Kaltyhina, Halina Ulasik, Ulyiana Babayed ( and Tatsiana Karaviankova (BelaPAN). According to our information, several more journalists were also detained.

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Three Belarusian Sergeants Go On Trial Over Death Of Conscript Who Complained Of Hazing

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Mit, 2018-08-08 11:13
Three Belarusian Army sergeants have gone on trial over the suspicious death of young conscript, Alyaksandr Korzhych, in October.
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More Journalists In Belarus Detained For Questioning As Crackdown Widens

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Mit, 2018-08-08 10:56
More journalists have been detained for questioning in Belarus for allegedly obtaining information illegally from the state-run news agency, BelTA, amid what appears to be a widening crackdown on independent media.
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7 journalists held in criminal case against independent websites

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Die, 2018-08-07 14:13

The Minsk offices of and, Belarus’s biggest independent websites, have been searched by police this morning.

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Belarusian Authorities Raid Offices Of Independent Media, Detain Three Journalists

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Die, 2018-08-07 14:09
Belarusian authorities have raided the Minsk offices of two independent news outlets and detained three journalists, claiming they illegally obtained information from a state-run news agency.
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Batty In Belarus - Researching Europe's Biggest Bat

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Die, 2018-08-07 12:58
Researchers from BirdLife Belarus with the support of the Frankfurt Zoological Society are trying to learn more about a rare bat that hunts birds in flight.
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Valiantsin Stefanovich: investigation fails to prove guilt in trade union case

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Die, 2018-08-07 11:38

The criminal case of trade unions is, above all, an echo of the global problems related to NGOs’ access to funds, says human rights activist Valiantsin Stefanovich, who has been observing the trial of REP leaders Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik. He has analyzed in detail the first phase of the trial, emphasizing the objectives pursued by the investigators.

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Viasna asks UN Special Rapporteur to intercede for LGBT activist Vika Biran

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mon, 2018-08-06 15:45

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" has written to Mr. David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, asking him to intervene in the case of LGBTQ+ activist Vika Biran, who was convicted for publicly expressing her civil position towards a homophobic article posted on the official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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