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UN experts set uncomfortable questions in Belarus anti-discrimination report

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mon, 2017-12-04 09:01

The lack of anti-discrimination legislation, the absence of an ombudsman, the problem with the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession, the presence of the President's decree on social dependency, lack of cooperation between the government and the civil society — these and other concerns, which characterize the overall situation of human rights in the country, were raised before the official delegation of Belarus during the consideration of the country’s report in the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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Belarusian Centenarian Recounts Repression Under Stalin

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Son, 2017-12-03 18:02
A centenarian who lived through Stalin's repression recounts the hardships and some of the happier times of her life.
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Belarus Drops Charges Against Group Authorities Had Accused Of Plotting Riots

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Fre, 2017-12-01 17:37
Belarusian authorities have dropped charges against alleged members of the White Legion, a group they had accused of plotting unrest across the country.
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Authorities end investigation in ‘White Legion case’

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Don, 2017-11-30 13:25

“The preliminary investigation of the case is completed. On November 27, a decision was taken to discontinue the criminal prosecution of all defendants in the so-called ‘White Legion case’. We believe that this has drawn a line under the case. The case file has been sent to the prosecutor for consideration and assessment of the legality of the decision. The defendants have begun to familiarize with the decision to dismiss the criminal case and the case file,” the Investigative Committee’s website said today.

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Death Penalty in Europe and Central Asia: Close to the Finishing Line

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Don, 2017-11-30 13:10

On 11 December 1977 Amnesty International and participants of the International Conference on the Abolition of the Death Penalty issued the Stockholm Declaration which called on all governments to bring about the immediate and total abolition of the death penalty. At the time, only 16 countries had abolished the death penalty. Forty years on, that figures stands at 105. To mark this anniversary, Amnesty International looks through this newsletter at trends in Europe and Central Asia and takes a closer look at the use of the death penalty in Belarus, the last executioner in the region.

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Kazakh, Belarusian Leaders Hail Trade, Economic Ties After Minsk Meeting

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Mit, 2017-11-29 20:23
The presidents of Kazakhstan and Belarus hailed their countries' trade and economic ties after a bilateral meeting in Minsk.
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HRD Memorial launched to commemorate slain defenders

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mit, 2017-11-29 14:24

On 24 November, an international coalition of national and international human rights organisations launched the HRD Memorial website and database. This is a unique project aimed to commemorate all the human rights defenders (HRDs) who have been killed since the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders came into effect in 1998.

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UN CERD to hear alternative reports on Belarus

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mit, 2017-11-29 10:14

On November 30, the 94th session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is expected to consider the report of the Belarusian government on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Belarusian human rights defenders will present alternative reports to the Committee.

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Monitoring report on the formation of territorial election commissions

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Die, 2017-11-28 13:57

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".

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EU, Armenia Ink Partnership Pact As Eastern Partnership Summit Concludes

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Don, 2017-11-23 16:05
European Union leaders and six former Soviet republics on November 24 swiftly agreed on a final joint declaration of their Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels, avoiding a repeat of the squabbling that triggered delays at the last summit two years ago.
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EU Leaders Prepare To Meet Eastern Neighbors

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Don, 2017-11-23 14:20
European Union leaders are set to hold a meeting aimed at deepening ties with six of the EU's eastern neighbors. The November 24 Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels is designed to bolster trade and promote European values in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The EU is expected to sign a partnership deal Armenia. For the first time, Belarus leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka was invited, but he announced he'd skip the gathering. (AP, EU video, Reuters, RFE/RL)
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Belarus overlooks UNGA resolution on the role of human rights defenders

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mit, 2017-11-22 15:12

On November 20, UN Member States unanimously endorsed the free and independent role of human rights defenders at the UN. Belarus is not among the 75 countries that co-sponsored the key resolution by the UN General Assembly, which clearly stated the need to protect human rights defenders around the world. By doing this, the Belarusian authorities have witnessed their true position towards the human rights community, Ales Bialiatski, head of the HRC "Viasna", said.

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HRHF launches new report on funding civil society

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mit, 2017-11-22 13:54

Adaptable work methods are key in ensuring civil society’s access to foreign funding in increasingly restrictive environments, according to a new report by Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF).

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Ukraine Expels Belarusian Diplomat Amid Spy Scandal

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Die, 2017-11-21 16:19
Ukraine has expelled a Belarusian diplomat amid a spy scandal between the two neighboring countries.
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Lukashenka To Skip Upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit In Brussels

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Die, 2017-11-21 13:13
Belarus says President Alyaksandr Lukashenka will not attend the European Union's Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels on November 24.
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Russian Citizen Detained In Belarus After Trying To Rob Bank

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Die, 2017-11-21 11:48
Belarusian authorities say they have detained a Russian man who attempted to rob a bank and took several people hostage in the eastern city of Mahilyou.
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Belarusian KGB Says It's Holding Ukrainian Journalist, Claims He's A Spy

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Mon, 2017-11-20 16:26
The Belarusian Committee for State Security (KGB) says it has arrested a Ukrainian journalist on suspicion of espionage, accusing him of being a military intelligence agent -- a claim immediately rejected by Ukraine.
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The Briefing: Eastern Exposure

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Mon, 2017-11-20 11:18
What can we expect at this week's Eastern Partnership summit? Listen to The Power Vertical Briefing.
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Ukrainian Journalists' Union Demands Release Of Reporter Held In Belarus

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Fre, 2017-11-17 18:49
The head of Ukraine’s National Union of Journalists (NUJU) is demanding the release of a Ukrainian radio correspondent being held in Belarus.
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Arbitrary detention and false prosecution of political opponents continue, UN expert says

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Fre, 2017-11-17 09:22

The recent arrests and detention of two political opponents on fabricated grounds is another demonstration of the cyclical system of oppression in Belarus, according to Miklós Haraszti, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus.

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