REP leader Fiadynich: There is flagrant and blatant interference in trade union’s internal affairs
The Trade Union of Radio and Electronic Industry (REP) has issued a statement to condemn numerous interrogations of its activists recently conducted by the Investigative Committee.
Council of Europe: 'Death is no justice'
"Two new death verdicts handed on 20 January by the Minsk City Court are a very disturbing development. We reiterate our call on the Belarusian authorities to introduce a moratorium on capital punishment as the first step to its abolition," Spokesperson of the Council of Europe's Secretary General said today.
Denying registration to opposition candidates aims at securing desired turnout
Preventing a large number of candidates from the opposition to run in the local elections is the most glaring peculiarity of the phase of registration of candidates, which ended on January 18. Cases of denying registration on formal grounds have been reported by both independent observers and representatives of political parties from different regions of the country. Analysts believe the move by local authorities is a logical continuation of measures to ensure the desired voter turnout.
Court sends two to death after retrial
The Minsk City Court has sentenced two persons to death after a retrial on January 20. Viachaslau Sukharko and Aliaksandr Zhylnikau were found guilty of murdering three people in December 2015. One more defendant in the case, Alina Shulhanava, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Situation with Freedom of Speech in Belarus Reported as Highly Critical in 2017
There were registered more conflicts between the Belarusian official authorities and journalists in 2017 than during the preceding three years taken together. The statistics were presented by the BAJ representatives during a press-conference in Minsk on January 16, 2018.
Belarus remains among "not free" countries in Freedom House’s report
Freedom House, a Washington-based international non-governmental organization, has ranked Belarus "not free" in its Freedom in the World Survey 2018.
Human Rights Situation in Belarus: 2017. Analytical Review
The year was marked by a significant deterioration in the overall situation of human rights in the country as compared to the previous period of so-called ‘soft practices’, which began in August 2015 and ended with the start of mass protests in February 2017; the latter were in many ways provoked by the use of Presidential Decree number 3.
Amnesty International: 2 men in Belarus at risk of imminent execution
The death sentences of Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy were upheld by the Supreme Court of Belarus on 20 December 2017. The two men were convicted and sentenced to death by the Mahiliou Regional Court, in eastern Belarus, on 21 July 2017. In the likely event that their appeal for clemency is rejected by the President, both men will be at risk of imminent execution.
Verdict in Andrei Bialiauski’s case: 1 year of home detention
The court of Leninski district of Minsk has sentenced Andrei Bialiauski, former defendant in the ‘White Legion case’, to 1 year of conditional restraint of liberty (home detention) on charges of possessing an AK-47 cartridge.
Chechnya: immediately release human rights defender Oyub Titiev
(10 January 2018) We, members of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP), are deeply concerned at reports of the arrest of Oyub Titiev, head of Human Rights Center Memorial’s Grozny office in Chechnya on highly dubious narcotics charges. We call for his immediate and unconditional release and dropping of all charges.
Report on monitoring the formation of precinct election commissions
The precinct election commissions are the key actor of the election process. It is the PECs that directly organize and conduct early voting, voting on Election Day, and home voting, counting of the votes and tabulation at the polling stations.
Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2017
December was not marked by any significant systemic changes in the field of human rights.
- Council of Europe: 'Death is no justice'
- Court sends two to death after retrial
- Amnesty International: 2 men in Belarus at risk of imminent execution
- EU statement on two upheld death sentences in Belarus
- Supreme Court confirms death verdicts for 2 men
- Death Penalty in Europe and Central Asia: Close to the Finishing Line
- EU and CoE call for moratorium on executions in Belarus on World Day against Death Penalty
- Death Penalty in Belarus: Secret Executions in the Middle of Europe
- Viasna to join World Coalition against the Death Penalty
- Schedule of events within the Week against the Death Penalty
- Belarus in focus at OSCE event on the death penalty (video)
- PACE: Abolition of death penalty in Belarus, simply a question of political will
- EU Criticizes Belarusian Death Sentences
- Two new death verdicts handed down in Mahilioŭ
- Amnesty International: Aliaksei Mikhalenya at risk of imminent execution