News for October 2016

FIDH expert: “There were just us and the dogs in the courtroom!”

06.10.2016 FIDH expert: “There were just us and the dogs in the courtroom!”

On October 5, the Minsk Press Club hosted the presentation of a joint report on the death penalty in Belarus, which was prepared by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Human Rights Center "Viasna".

Human rights activist asks Pope to discuss the death penalty with Lukashenka

05.10.2016 Human rights activist asks Pope to discuss the death penalty with Lukashenka

Andrei Paluda, coordinator of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus", has sent a letter to Pope Francis, asking him to touch upon the issue of capital punishment during his future meeting with President Lukashenka.

EU 'reaffirms strong opposition' to capital punishment after Supreme Court upholds another death verdict

05.10.2016 EU 'reaffirms strong opposition' to capital punishment after Supreme Court upholds another death verdict

Today, 4 October, the Belarusian Supreme Court upheld the death sentence against Siarhei Vostrykau. This is the fourth confirmation by the Belarusian Supreme Court of a death sentence in 2016.

Eduard Palchys is a political prisoner. Joint statement by human rights organizations

05.10.2016 Eduard Palchys is a political prisoner. Joint statement by human rights organizations

We believe that the publications authored by blogger Eduard Palchys, which were posted in the nine articles on the 1863x.com website, are a permissible form of expression and, accordingly, may not be prosecuted under the law.

Death Penalty in Belarus: New report reveals grave rights violations

05.10.2016 Death Penalty in Belarus: New report reveals grave rights violations

In Belarus, the rights of people sentenced to death are violated at all stages of the legal proceedings, making the application of death penalty in the country unlawful and arbitrary, said today FIDH and HRC "Viasna" in Minsk during the presentation of their report "Death Penalty in Belarus : Murder on (Un)Lawful Grounds".

Supreme Court confirms death sentence for Siarhei Vostrykau

04.10.2016 Supreme Court confirms death sentence for Siarhei Vostrykau

The Supreme Court has upheld the death verdict handed down to Siarhei Vostrykau.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2016

04.10.2016 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2016

The key negative trend of September were new cases of arbitrary detention of political activists. It should be noted that this type of detention had not been applied by the Belarusian authorities since August 2015.

Viasna and FIDH to present report “Death Penalty in Belarus: Murder on (Un)Lawful Grounds”

04.10.2016 Viasna and FIDH to present report “Death Penalty in Belarus: Murder on (Un)Lawful Grounds”

On October 5, the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) will present a joint report “Death Penalty in Belarus: Murder on (Un)Lawful Grounds”. The event will be held within the framework of the Week against the Death Penalty.

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