News for July 2021

Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities leaders released until trial

31.07.2021 Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities leaders released until trial

Siarhei Drazdouski and Aleh Hrableuski, respectively director and legal advisor of the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, have been released to await their trial under travel restrictions.

Death penalty in Belarus in the context of global justice. Is abolition possible?

31.07.2021 Death penalty in Belarus in the context of global justice. Is abolition possible?

The death penalty in Belarus is a relevant and urgent Global Justice issue, as the global community represented by international institutions can push the state in Belarus towards abolition.

Human rights organizations call to release 7 persons convicted in defamation trials

31.07.2021 Human rights organizations call to release 7 persons convicted in defamation trials

Joint statement by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community

Nearly 4,700 protest-related criminal cases opened since August 2020

30.07.2021 Nearly 4,700 protest-related criminal cases opened since August 2020

4,691 criminal cases related to protests have been launched since the rigged presidential election of August 9, 2020, the Investigative Committee of Belarus said.

UN Human Rights Committee rules in lawyer Aleh Aheyeu’s 2011 disbarment case

30.07.2021 UN Human Rights Committee rules in lawyer Aleh Aheyeu’s 2011 disbarment case

The Committee concluded that the “revocation of the author’s lawyer’s licence and the manner it was done reveal a grave and unjustifiable interference by the State party’s authorities with the fundamental principle of the independence of the legal profession.”

UN experts will examine the arbitrary detention of journalist Raman Pratasevich

30.07.2021 UN experts will examine the arbitrary detention of journalist Raman Pratasevich

The detention of Raman Pratasevich is emblematic of the Lukashenka regime’s unbridled repression of dissenting voices.

7 new names on list of political prisoners

30.07.2021 7 new names on list of political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

Pavel Larchyk is a political prisoner

29.07.2021 Pavel Larchyk is a political prisoner

Joint statement of the Belarusian human rights community

Trial in Kalesnikava case set for August 4

29.07.2021 Trial in Kalesnikava case set for August 4

The trial will be held behind closed doors.

Purge of human rights organizations and other civic groups forces them to go underground or in exile

29.07.2021 Purge of human rights organizations and other civic groups forces them to go underground or in exile

In July 2021, the Belarusian authorities liquidated or started the liquidation process of more than 80 civic organisations.

Human rights organizations insist on release of three new political prisoners

28.07.2021 Human rights organizations insist on release of three new political prisoners

Joint statement by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community

Human rights organizations call to release six persons convicted of defamation offenses

27.07.2021 Human rights organizations call to release six persons convicted of defamation offenses

Joint statement by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community

Global letter in solidarity with the Belarusian civil society

26.07.2021 Global letter in solidarity with the Belarusian civil society

161 human rights organisations demand an end to the repression against the Human Rights Center Viasna and all other human rights defenders in Belarus.

Viasna leaders remain in detention

26.07.2021 Viasna leaders remain in detention

Ales Bialiatski, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, Valiantsin Stefanovich, deputy chairman, and Uladzimir Labkovich remain in pre-trial detention in Minsk, nearly two weeks after they were detained together with eight other members of Viasna.

Stop demolition of Belarus’s civil society!

23.07.2021 Stop demolition of Belarus’s civil society!

In recent days, the authorities have taken steps to close numerous down civil society organizations.

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