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Belarusian Supreme Court Upholds Japanese Man's Arms-Smuggling Conviction

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Die, 2018-02-20 12:53
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 09:44

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 11:34
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 15:54
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 13:30

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 14:43
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 14:49
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 10:43

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 18:37
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 and

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mon, 2018-02-12 11:12

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 ( and Charter 97 (, the media regularly covering the most topical social and political issues.

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Local EU Statement on a Death Sentence in Belarus

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Fre, 2018-02-09 14:32

The Delegation of the European Union to Belarus issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Belarus.

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Amnesty International launches urgent action after two new death sentences in Belarus

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mit, 2018-02-07 11:59

Two men were sentenced to death in Belarus on 20 January after their sentences of life imprisonment were quashed on appeal. They are the first two people to be sentenced to death in 2018, bringing the total number of people on death row in Belarus, according to the Belarusian authorities, to seven.

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Political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny beaten in prison, his life still at risk

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mit, 2018-02-07 11:48

Political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny, currently held in penal colony No. 9 in Horki, has been reportedly beaten by his cellmate. This news raises serious concerns and fears for the prisoner’s life.

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Miklós Haraszti: International scrutiny of the situation in Belarus has to be continued

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mon, 2018-02-05 10:59

The last report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus will stress the need of renewing the country mandate, Miklós Haraszti said during a meeting with Belarusian and international human rights activists, which took place at the Belarusian Human Rights House in Vilnius on January 31.

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Contributors To Russian News Agency Convicted Of Inciting Hate In Belarus

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Fre, 2018-02-02 15:38
A Belarusian court has convicted three journalists of hate crimes over articles they wrote for a Russian news agency, ruling that the stories risked inciting ethnic discord by belittling Belarus.
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Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2018

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Don, 2018-02-01 15:32

The Ministry of Information ordered to restrict access to the information resource Charter-97 ( citing ‘prohibited content’ allegedly posted on the critical website. The fact caused criticism from the country's independent journalistic community and human rights defenders.

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Supreme Court confirms fourth death sentence in 2017

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mit, 2018-01-31 11:43

Another man was sentenced to death in the fall of 2017, in addition to the three persons earlier convicted during the year, Valery Kalinkovich, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court, said at a press conference in Minsk today.

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Hungary Wants Exemptions To EU Arms Embargo On Belarus: Sources

Radio Free Europe -- Belarus service - Die, 2018-01-30 15:39
Hungary is seeking the introduction of more exemptions to the European Union's arms embargo on Belarus, according to several sources familiar with the matter.
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Leading Chechnya Rights Defender Framed for Drug Possession

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Mon, 2018-01-29 15:25

Leading Chechen human rights defender Oyub Titiev is currently being held by Federal authorities in Chechnya.

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Blocking of Charter-97 further attack on freedom of speech in Belarus, HRDs say

The Human Rights Center 'Viasna' - Fre, 2018-01-26 12:40

The Ministry of Information has announced official reasons for its decision to restrict access to the website, saying the resource was spreading information that could harm the national interests of Belarus, as well as violating the Law on Mass Events and publishing materials that were recognized as extremist.

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