Observatory calls to quash convictions of Masliukova and Zmitrovich

15.10.2018 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

12.10.2018 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

11.10.2018 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

10.10.2018 Treatment of death row prisoners in Belarus

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

10.10.2018 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

09.10.2018 Belarus defies UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva report

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

09.10.2018 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

09.10.2018 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

Picks of the Week

05.10.2018 Picks of the Week

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

04.10.2018 MEPs condemn harassment and detention of journalists in Belarus

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.

Week Against the Death Penalty: October 5-10

02.10.2018 Week Against the Death Penalty: October 5-10

From 5 to 10 October, the annual Week Against the Death Penalty will be held in Belarus. This year’s evets will focus on the conditions of detention on death row.

HRDs present alternative report on human rights situation in Belarus

02.10.2018 HRDs present alternative report on human rights situation in Belarus

On October 1, representatives of the national human rights coalition presented their alternative report on the human rights situation in Belarus. The preparation of the report involved 12 human rights organizations.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2018

01.10.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2018

September saw the resumption of a long-standing practice of sending government employees and students to harvest crops, while these the functions are not stipulated by their employment contracts.

Observatory: Drop charges against Svietlahorsk activists

01.10.2018 Observatory: Drop charges against Svietlahorsk activists

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment of Ms. Alena Masliukova, member of Human Rights Centre “Viasna” in Svetlogorsk and Mr. Anatoly Zmitrovich, an environmental activist.

Anaïs Marin of France appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus

29.09.2018 Anaïs Marin of France appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus

The United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed Anaïs Marin of France as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus. The decision was taken on September 28, the last day of the Council’s 39th session.

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