News for June 2017

FIDH: UN must demonstrate its capacity to react

09.06.2017 FIDH: UN must demonstrate its capacity to react

Facing criticism once again, the Human Rights Council must demonstrate its relevance at its June session which opened yesterday. Belarus, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, among others... FIDH and its members voice their priorities for this 35th session.

Teaching repression a lesson: support Belarusian students to get back into university

09.06.2017 Teaching repression a lesson: support Belarusian students to get back into university

Being active in politics or civil society as a student is not self-evident in Belarus. The country has a long and sad history of expelling students from university for their activities in civil society or politics.

KGB drops charges against all Young Front activists

09.06.2017 KGB drops charges against all Young Front activists

All six of the Young Front activists earlier charged with preparing riots during March 25 protest in Minsk (part 3 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code) have been notified by the State Security Committee (KGB) that the charges had been dropped due to lack of evidence.

UN High Commissioner slams Belarus over refusal to cooperate with human rights mechanisms

08.06.2017 UN High Commissioner slams Belarus over refusal to cooperate with human rights mechanisms

Governments around the world should not refuse to cooperate with UN human rights mechanisms, High Commissioner for human rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein said at the opening of the 35th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

HRDs call for immediate release of all persons arrested in ‘rioting and armed group case’ after reports of torture in KGB prison

07.06.2017 HRDs call for immediate release of all persons arrested in ‘rioting and armed group case’ after reports of torture in KGB prison

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights organizations

PACE Rapporteur advises against resumption of Belarus's special guest status

06.06.2017 PACE Rapporteur advises against resumption of Belarus's special guest status

The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly has published a draft resolution on Belarus, which will be put on a vote on June 27 at the PACE summer session in Strasbourg.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2017

05.06.2017 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2017

The month was marked by a continued negative trend evidencing the deterioration of the overall human rights situation in the country.

Authorities release 2 more persons held in White Legion case

05.06.2017 Authorities release 2 more persons held in White Legion case

Two more persons earlier arrested in the case of preparing riots and creating an illegal armed group, Siarhei Kuntsevich, member of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party, and Andrei Bialiauski, have been released from pre-trial detention.

Observatory condemns re-arrest and arbitrary detention of Pavel Levinau

03.06.2017 Observatory condemns re-arrest and arbitrary detention of Pavel Levinau

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the re-arrest and arbitrary detention of Mr. Pavel Levinau, human rights defender and board member of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.

Belarusian human rights defenders urge UN Human Rights Council to extend Special Rapporteur’s mandate

02.06.2017 Belarusian human rights defenders urge UN Human Rights Council to extend Special Rapporteur’s mandate

From 30 May to 1 June, Valiantsin Stefanovich, lawyer of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", and Hanna Herasimava, Director of the Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House, met with the delegations of various countries to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to inform them about the situation with human rights in Belarus.

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