FIDH asks Belarus to allow Viasna attend pardon hearing in death penalty case

FIDH asks Belarus to allow Viasna attend pardon hearing in death penalty case

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has written to the Belarusian authorities urging them to allow Valiantsin Stefanovich, Viasna human rights defender and FIDH vice-president, to attend the hearing of the petition for pardon filed with the presidential commission in the case of the death row prisoners Kostseu brothers.

Human rights groups call to release Babaryka campaign activists

Human rights groups call to release Babaryka campaign activists

The human rights organizations of Belarus insist on the immediate and unconditional release of Alena Karahachava and Dzmitry Karak, members of Viktar Babaryka’s campaign team.

Amnesty International calls to release veteran activist Pavel Seviarynets

Amnesty International calls to release veteran activist Pavel Seviarynets

Amnesty International has launched an urgent action forcing the Belarusian authorities to release known opposition activist Pavel Seviarynets who is reportedly ill-treated while serving 75 days of administrative detention.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2020

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2020

The election campaign is taking place against the background of continuous repressions, in an atmosphere of intimidation of society. In June, the overall human rights situation in the country deteriorated sharply.

UN experts demand end to crackdown on protesters in Belarus ahead of elections

UN experts demand end to crackdown on protesters in Belarus ahead of elections

UN experts today demanded that Belarus refrains from violence against peaceful protesters ahead of 9 August presidential elections. They urged the Government to abandon its policy of arbitrary arrests, violence and intimidation against civil society activists.

Supreme Court quashes death sentence in double murder case

Supreme Court quashes death sentence in double murder case

The Supreme Court has overturned a death sentence earlier handed down to Viktar Skrundzik, 29, on charges of involvement in the murder of two elderly people near the city of Sluck in January 2019. The case will sent for a re-trial at the Minsk Regional Court.

Viasna condemns persecution of opposition leader Statkevich as politically motivated

Viasna condemns persecution of opposition leader Statkevich as politically motivated

Mikalai Statkevich, opposition politician, former presidential candidate and ex-political prisoner, is facing criminal charges of “grave breach of public order” (Part 1, Art. 342 of the Criminal Code), his wife Maryna Adamovich said.

We call to stop repressions and pressure on civil society

We call to stop repressions and pressure on civil society

Statement of Working Group of Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus

Amnesty International calls Tsikhanouski, Babaryka, associates and bloggers prisoners of conscience

Amnesty International calls Tsikhanouski, Babaryka, associates and bloggers prisoners of conscience

The Belarusian authorities “must end politically motivated prosecutions, intimidation, harassment and reprisals against Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s opponents and their supporters, civil society activists and independent media,” Amnesty International said today.

Amnesty International: Bloggers and activists arrested in purge ahead of the presidential election must be released

Amnesty International: Bloggers and activists arrested in purge ahead of the presidential election must be released

The Belarusian authorities are carrying out a full-scale purge of dissenting voices, using repressive laws to stifle criticism ahead of the elections, where President Alyaksandr Lukashenka is running for the sixth consecutive term. Opposition candidates, supporters, and independent media have faced arbitrary arrest, hefty fines, and incarceration. Now those active on social media are being targeted.

2020 Presidential Election: Report on the formation of precinct election commissions

2020 Presidential Election: Report on the formation of precinct election commissions (document)

The absence of legal guarantees for equal representation in the election commissions of all political entities participating in the elections, as before, resulted in an arbitrary and discriminatory approach to opposition parties and movements.

Four critical bloggers charged in Tsikhanouski case

Four critical bloggers charged in Tsikhanouski case

Four bloggers known for their criticism of the current government have been charged under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (group actions that grossly disturb public order) and are facing up to three years in prison

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