Picks of the Week

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Human rights lawyer arrested in Brest; opposition activist convicted over anti-military protest; journalists routinely harassed across Belarus

Observatory: End judicial harassment against Roman Kislyak

Observatory: End judicial harassment against Roman Kislyak

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Observatory calls to quash convictions of Masliukova and Zmitrovich

Observatory calls to quash convictions of Masliukova and Zmitrovich

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Week against the Death Penalty: We do not celebrate, we express solidarity

Week against the Death Penalty: We do not celebrate, we express solidarity

The fifth annual Week against the Death Penalty concluded on October 12, World Day against the Death Penalty, with an artistic event at the Lithuanian embassy in Minsk, which told about the pain suffered by the families of death convicts.

Viasna again calls to halt executions at PACE event on World Day against the Death Penalty

Viasna again calls to halt executions at PACE event on World Day against the Death Penalty

On October 10, the issue of ongoing executions in Belarus was discussed at a meeting of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly pf the Council of Europe. The event was scheduled to mark the World Day against the Death Penalty. The discussion involved Valery Varanetski, chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, and deputy chairperson of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich.

Treatment of death row prisoners in Belarus

Treatment of death row prisoners in Belarus (video)

While on death row, convicts face a number of violations of their rights. During their one monthly visit with a family member (a right accorded under Article 174 of the Criminal Law Enforcement Code), they are forbidden from referring to detention conditions.

Viasna activist fined in Svietlahorsk

Viasna activist fined in Svietlahorsk

Alena Masliukova, activist of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” in Svietlahorsk, has been fined 612.5 rubles (USD 285) on charges of organizing an illegal assembly.

Belarus defies UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva report

Belarus defies UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva report (video, updated)

The government of Belarus continues to refrain from cooperating with the UN Human Rights Committee, the Committee’s president Yuval Shany said during the presentation of the country’s first report in 20 years.

Belarusian Orthodox church supports moratorium on death penalty

Belarusian Orthodox church supports moratorium on death penalty

His Eminence Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavl, the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, has spoken in favor of introducing a moratorium on the death penalty in the country.

EU, CoE reiterate call to introduce moratorium on executions in Belarus

EU, CoE reiterate call to introduce moratorium on executions in Belarus

Joint Declaration by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty

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Court sets date of appeal hearing in REP case; another prisoner reports torture and poor living conditions; Week against the Death Penalty opens in Belarus

MEPs condemn harassment and detention of journalists in Belarus

MEPs condemn harassment and detention of journalists in Belarus (document, updated)

Amid deteriorating media freedom in Belarus, MEPs condemn the repeated detention and state harassment of journalists and independent news outlets in the country, according to a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on October 4.

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