News for June 2019
28.06.2019 FIDH and Viasna: Mass Roundups of Roma People Must Be Investigated
FIDH and its member organization in Belarus, the Viasna Human Rights Centre, urge the Belarusian authorities to immediately put an end to all violence and persecution against the Roma community and to launch an independent and impartial investigation into the human rights abuses that took place in Mogilev, where 300 people were arbitrarily arrested, including 100 detained last month in raids which specifically targeted this minority ethnic group.
26.06.2019 Prosecutor General’s Office blind to police abuse in Mahilioŭ Roma raids
A working group created to investigate reports of police brutality during a major raid on Roma houses in Mahilioŭ and several other cities on May 16 found no “illegal actions or abuse of power,” Deputy Prosecutor General Aliaksei Stuk said at a press conference on June 25.
25.06.2019 Human rights NGOs urge HRC to maintain scrutiny on Belarus
In a letter to member states of the Human Rights Council, HRHF and other international NGOs urge the Council to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Belarus. Further, they set out tangible steps that Belarus can take to address “systemic human rights challenges” in the country.
21.06.2019 Picks of the week
More calls from international community to stop executions in Belarus; Belarus ranked low in labor rights rating; Lukashenka rethinks entry ban for Pussy Riot members.
20.06.2019 Special Rapporteur to brief UN Human Rights Council on situation in Belarus
The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold its forty-first regular session from 24 June to 12 July 2019 in Geneva.
19.06.2019 PACE rapporteur condemns execution in Belarus
Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC), PACE’s General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has strongly condemned the execution of Aliaksandr Zhylnikau in Belarus.
18.06.2019 Belarus Allows Iranian Christian Convert To Remain In Country
Belarusian authorities have allowed an Iranian man who converted to Orthodox Christianity and is wanted by Tehran on murder charges, to remain in the country.
17.06.2019 EU "reaffirms strong opposition to capital punishment" in response to new execution in Belarus
The European Union has condemned the recent executions in Belarus and urged the authorities to introduce a moratorium on the application of the death penalty.
14.06.2019 Picks of the week
Brest blogger fined for "intrusive" behavior towards policeman; Artist fined for performance in defense of Belarusian language; Nazi propaganda criminalized, extremist symbols outlawed in adopted draft law; Peaceful assembly organizers sue police for bad public maintenance service; Another death sentence executed in Belarus
14.06.2019 Council of Europe condemns latest death sentence execution in Belarus
The Council of Europe condemns the execution of the next death sentence in Belarus, the spokesperson of the organization wrote on his Twitter.
13.06.2019 Joint position of human rights organizations to subsequent round of EU-Belarus dialog
Belarusian human rights organizations issued a joint position on the verge of the next following round of EU-Belarus dialog.
13.06.2019 Mass Media Situation in Belarus in 2018. Report by BAJ
The Belarusian Association of Journalists has published an annual Monitoring Report 2018 on the situation in the field of media.
13.06.2019 Death convict executed in Belarus on the verge of II European Games
The execution of the death sentence against Aliaksandr Zhylnikau is carried out.
07.06.2019 Picks of the week
New fines for Brest environmental activists; Mikhail Zhamchuzhny's petitions are not considered; Performance against dominance of Russian language results in arrest; Minsk hosts an international conference on combating extremism; LGBTQ initiative faces charges for illegal use of the homophobic newspaper logo
06.06.2019 UN Special Rapporteur reports absence of significant improvements in human rights situation in Belarus
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus Anaïs Marin delivered a report according to her mandate.