Viasna leader: Authorities oppose human rights defenders fighting for truth and justice

Viasna leader: Authorities oppose human rights defenders fighting for truth and justice

Courts and prosecutors are often used by the authorities to fight their political opponents and human rights defenders, Ales Bialiatski, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, said at a side-event entitled “The post-Soviet Judiciary: a tool for administration of justice or a tool of oppression? Lack of independence of the judiciary and prosecution of HRDs in the Eastern part of the OSCE area” held on September 23 in the framework of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw.

Ales Bialiatski: Civilian control prevents government from downplaying problems

Ales Bialiatski: Civilian control prevents government from downplaying problems

On September 22, Belarusian human rights defenders arranged a side event at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw to report on the results of parliamentary elections held in the country on September 11.

EU insists on reinstatement of former political prisoners’ civil and political rights

EU insists on reinstatement of former political prisoners’ civil and political rights

“In 2015 the overall human rights situation in Belarus remained marked by systematic human rights violations,” says the Annual report on human rights and democracy in the world approved by the EU Council on September 20.

Man Dies in Prison Awaiting Trial

Man Dies in Prison Awaiting Trial

On September 20, a 37-year old man unexpectedly died in Zhodzina prison No8.

Supreme Court Upholds Verdict of Mikhail Zhamchuzhny

Supreme Court Upholds Verdict of Mikhail Zhamchuzhny

Mikhail Zhamchuzhny received a reply to the supervisory appeal which he had lodged to the Supreme Court in August, 2016.

Colony Hides Information on Suicides

Colony Hides Information on Suicides

The Human Rights Center Viasna requested confirmation or refutation from Navasady colony (Barysau district) about alleged four suicides and two attempts of suicide there. The reply that came from the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Department of Execution of Sentences, was not satisfactory, so Viasna is filing a request to the prosecutor’s office.

Viasna to Take Part in OSCE HDIM Conference

Viasna to Take Part in OSCE HDIM Conference

Representatives of the Human Rights Center Viasna Ales Bialiatski, Uladzimir Labkovich and Andrei Paluda are going to take part in the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the OSCE.

Trial Over Paramedic in Inmate’s Death Case Starts in Minsk

Trial Over Paramedic in Inmate’s Death Case Starts in Minsk

On September 16, the Maskouski district court in Minsk held the first hearing into the death case of Ihar Ptsichkin: the 21-year-old man died in Valadarka detention facility in Minsk, on August 4, 2013, a few days after he was sentenced to three months’ arrest.

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