News for February 2018

Report on monitoring the phase of election campaigning

18.02.2018 Report on monitoring the phase of election campaigning

Observation is carried out by the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" in the framework of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections". The observation campaign involves 29 long-term observers.

HRDs to present results of monitoring local elections

16.02.2018 HRDs to present results of monitoring local elections

The campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" announces a press conference to present the results of monitoring the elections of deputies of local councils of the 28th convocation to be held at 11 am, February 19 at Press Club Belarus in Minsk.

Investigation into trade unions’ case renewed

13.02.2018 Investigation into trade unions’ case renewed

The authorities have extended the investigation into the case of the REP trade union, the organization’s leader Henadz Fiadynich said quoting the new investigation team.

Joint Statement of Belarusian Human Rights Organizations on Blocked Access to Belaruspartisan.org and Charter97.org

12.02.2018 Joint Statement of Belarusian Human Rights Organizations on Blocked Access to Belaruspartisan.org and Charter97.org

Over the past two months, Belarus has resumed the practice of arbitrary restrictions on access to independent Internet media. Thus, the Government has blocked the popular information resources Belarusian Partisan (belaruspartisan.org) and Charter 97 (charter97.org), the media regularly covering the most topical social and political issues.

Local EU Statement on a Death Sentence in Belarus

09.02.2018 Local EU Statement on a Death Sentence in Belarus

The Delegation of the European Union to Belarus issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Belarus.

Amnesty International launches urgent action after two new death sentences in Belarus

07.02.2018 Amnesty International launches urgent action after two new death sentences in Belarus

Two men were sentenced to death in Belarus on 20 January after their sentences of life imprisonment were quashed on appeal. They are the first two people to be sentenced to death in 2018, bringing the total number of people on death row in Belarus, according to the Belarusian authorities, to seven.

Political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny beaten in prison, his life still at risk

07.02.2018 Political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny beaten in prison, his life still at risk

Political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny, currently held in penal colony No. 9 in Horki, has been reportedly beaten by his cellmate. This news raises serious concerns and fears for the prisoner’s life.

Miklós Haraszti: International scrutiny of the situation in Belarus has to be continued

05.02.2018 Miklós Haraszti: International scrutiny of the situation in Belarus has to be continued

The last report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus will stress the need of renewing the country mandate, Miklós Haraszti said during a meeting with Belarusian and international human rights activists, which took place at the Belarusian Human Rights House in Vilnius on January 31.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2018

01.02.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2018

The Ministry of Information ordered to restrict access to the information resource Charter-97 (www.charter97.org) citing ‘prohibited content’ allegedly posted on the critical website. The fact caused criticism from the country's independent journalistic community and human rights defenders.

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