Human rights defenders call to drop criminal charges against BelaPAN director

Human rights defenders call to drop criminal charges against BelaPAN director

Statement on the criminal prosecution of Ales Lipai, director of the BelaPAN news agency, and pressure on journalists in Belarus

Human rights activists urge President to pardon political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny

Human rights activists urge President to pardon political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny

A number of Belarusian human rights organizations have signed a petition to President Lukashenka, asking him to pardon political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny and release him from prison.

Belarus: New low as authorities slap solo LGBTI protester with fine for ‘mass’ protest

Belarus: New low as authorities slap solo LGBTI protester with fine for ‘mass’ protest

The Belarusian authorities have hit an absurd new low in persecuting peaceful LGBTI activists, Amnesty International said today after a court in Minsk found Viktoria Biran guilty of violating a mass public assemblies law for posing alone for a photo with a poster.

Trial of trade union leaders set for July 30

Trial of trade union leaders set for July 30

The trial of Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik, leader and chief accountant of the REP trade union, has been scheduled for July 30 at the court of Saviecki district of Minsk, palitviazni.info said quoting Komlik.

Belarus Refuses Asylum For Uzbek Transgender Woman

Belarus Refuses Asylum For Uzbek Transgender Woman

Belarusian authorities have refused asylum to a transgender woman from Uzbekistan and who says she will face torture and abuse if she goes back.

UN Human Rights Committee registers complaint of death convict Hershankou

UN Human Rights Committee registers complaint of death convict Hershankou

On July 13, the UN Human Rights Committee confirmed the registration of an individual communication submitted on behalf of Ihar Hershankou, who was sentenced to death by the Mahilioŭ Regional Court on July 21, 2017.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

Prison authorities still block mail from political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny; Russian police arrest Belarusian anarchist on dubious grounds; 181 professions are banned for women in Belarus

PEN America: Sign petition for the release of Oleg Sentsov

PEN America: Sign petition for the release of Oleg Sentsov

PEN America has prepared a letter to US President Donald Trump asking him to “raise the critical issue of the growing number of political prisoners held in Russia” during his discussions with President Vladimir Putin at the summit scheduled for July 16 in Helsinki, Finland.

Viasna writes to UN Special Rapporteur on peaceful assembly over July 3 arrests

Viasna writes to UN Special Rapporteur on peaceful assembly over July 3 arrests

Aliaksei Loika, lawyer of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, has prepared a message to Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, to complain about the illegal arrest and detention of over 30 protesters and observers on July 3 in Minsk.

UN Human Rights Council adopts critical resolution on Belarus, renews country mandate

UN Human Rights Council adopts critical resolution on Belarus, renews country mandate (video)

The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on the situation of human rights in Belarus at its 38th session in Geneva and renewed the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Belarus.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2018

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2018

In early June, representatives of opposition political parties and NGOs started picketing a restaurant located next to the grave of the victims of Soviet repression of 1930s-40s, popularly known as Kurapaty. According to the protesters, the construction of the eating-house was accompanied by legal violations, while the choice of the place itself was inappropriate.

Viasna observers arrested ahead of banned protest in Minsk

Viasna observers arrested ahead of banned protest in Minsk

Five observers of Viasna and BHC’s joint monitoring service #ControlBY were briefly detained in Minsk yesterday afternoon ahead of a protest announced by opposition leader Mikalai Statkevich.

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