Amnesty International urges Belarus not to execute death row prisoner Viktar Serhel

Amnesty International urges Belarus not to execute death row prisoner Viktar Serhel

Amnesty International has launched an urgent action in support of Viktar Serhel, death row prisoner who lost his appeal to the Supreme Court on January 31 and may be thus executed at any moment.

HRDs demand prompt retrial for convicted political prisoners

HRDs demand prompt retrial for convicted political prisoners

On February 12, 2020, the Court of the Saviecki district of Minsk sentenced anarchists Mikita Yemialiyanau and Ivan Komar to seven years in prison each for damage to public property (Art. 341 of the Criminal Code), attempted intentional damage to property and intentional damage to property (Part 1 of Art. 14, Part 2 of Art. 218, Part 2 of Art. 218 of the Criminal Code), unlawful actions in respect of items the damaging effect of which is based on the use of combustibles (Part 2 of Art. 295-3 of the Code).

Anarchists receive lengthy prison terms over Molotov cocktail attack

Anarchists receive lengthy prison terms over Molotov cocktail attack

Two activists describing themselves as anarchists were sentenced yesterday to seven years in a maximum-security penal colony following a trial that found them guilty on two counts of criminal hooliganism.

FIDH slams Russia’s “move to devalue international human rights treaties”

FIDH slams Russia’s “move to devalue international human rights treaties”

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” has joined an appeal released by the International Federation for Human Rights urging the Russian parliamentarians and the Russian people to vote against the proposed amendments to the country’s Constitution, as they could “effectively legalize the selective implementation of decisions of international treaty bodies”.

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Amnesty International urges Belarus to end repression against peaceful protestors

Amnesty International urges Belarus to end repression against peaceful protestors

Amnesty International strongly condemns the current clampdown on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Belarus. The statement comes in response to reports from local human rights defenders claiming that over 150 people have been prosecuted and fined on “illegal protesting” charges, following their peaceful participation in protests in November and December 2019.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2020

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2020

During the month, there were new trials of participants in the December protests against the so-called “advanced integration”. In total, according to the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, in January, administrative responsibility under Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code affected 92 people.

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Death convict loses appeal at Supreme Court; more people convicted over December protests; employment discrimination still high, new research says

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Critical blogger gets 8 jail terms in a row; opposition activist faces criminal charges; death convict and family report harassment

Stop judicial harassment of Dzmitry Kazlou!

Stop judicial harassment of Dzmitry Kazlou!

Joint statement by human rights and other civil society organizations Minsk - January 21, 2020

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Nearly 100 punished over pro-independence protests; government resumes investigation into extrajudicial murder case; HRW criticizes Belarus over lack of progress in key human rights areas

Human Rights Situation in Belarus in 2019

Human Rights Situation in Belarus in 2019 (document)

In spite of a slight decrease in the overall level of repression in the country compared with the previous year, in 2019 Belarus failed to demonstrate any significant systemic changes in the area of civil and political rights, especially at the legislative level, aimed at the qualitative improvement of the human rights situation.

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