18.12.2018 OSCE ODIHR event: Belarus is surprisingly tenacious in restricting freedom of assembly
On December 17-18, Vienna hosted the third round table organized by the OSCE ODIHR to discuss the methodology of monitoring peaceful assemblies. It was attended by over 30 representatives from different countries of the OSCE region, including Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Albania, Great Britain, Germany, Moldova, Hungary and Belarus.
17.12.2018 Reporters Without Borders: Harassment of journalists breaks records in Belarus
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Belarusian government’s international partners to react to the surge in its persecution of journalists, with nearly 100 fines imposed already this year on reporters working for exile media – an all-time record.
15.12.2018 Picks of the Week
Amnesty International calls to stop new acts of harassment against ex-prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka; civil society activists call new ant-parasite law a shame; more journalists convicted in Belarus
14.12.2018 Stop deportation of United Civil Party press secretary!
Joint statement of the Belarusian human rights community
13.12.2018 UN human rights experts condemn Belarus executions
GENEVA (12 December 2018) — UN human rights experts condemned Belarus for its continued use of the death penalty, following local news reports that the country, in defiance of the Human Rights Committee’s requests for a stay, had executed three people: Aleksei Mikhalenya, Semyon Berezhnoi and Igor Gershankov.
11.12.2018 Campaigners against the death penalty win national human rights prize
Belarusian human rights defenders marked the International Human Rights Day by awarding the 10th annual National Human Rights Prize. The ceremony was hosted by the newly opened education space “Territory of Rights.”
07.12.2018 Picks of the Week
Human rights defender Leanid Sudalenka awarded French Human Rights Prize; Former political prisoner Dzmitry Paliyenka will stand two more administrative trials; police in Hrodna use an array of illegal means to extort confession
06.12.2018 Belarus: Amnesty International condemns execution of two more prisoners
Last week, the families of Siamion Berazhnoy and Ihar Hershankou confirmed to the Belarusian civil society organisation Human Rights Centre Viasna that they have been officially informed of the executions. Also according to information from Viasna the men were likely executed on the night of 19-20 November.
04.12.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2018
On November 27, human rights defenders learned about the execution of death row inmates Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy.
30.11.2018 Picks of the Week
One journalist remains charged in "BelTA case"; ex-political prisoner Dzmitry Paliyenka facing new judicial harassment; disabled priest wrongly detained in Minsk.
29.11.2018 EU, CoE, PACE, Amnesty International condemn executions in Belarus
Brussels and Strasbourg have released official comments on the recent execution of two death row prisoners in Belarus, Siamion Berazhnoy and Ihar Hershankou.
28.11.2018 Belarus executes two more prisoners
Death row prisoners Siamion Berazhnoy and Ihar Hershankou have been executed by shooting, according to information received from the prisoners' families.
27.11.2018 Investigators drop charges against more journalists in “BelTA case”
On November 26, the Investigative Committee stopped criminal proceedings against tut.by editor Uliyana Babayed and BelaPAN political analyst Tatsiana Karaviankova, after they covered financial losses to the government-owned BelTA news agency.
26.11.2018 Three days in Chechnya: mission of solidarity with Oyub Titiev
Last week, Chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski and human rights activist Siarhei Sys visited Chechnya to witness the trial of Oyub Titiev, head of Memorial’s Grozny branch, which has been underway for four months in the town of Shali. The human rights activist is accused of illegal possession of drugs and may be imprisoned to 10 years.
23.11.2018 BelTA case: two journalists discharged, tut.by chief editor faces graver charges
Pauliuk Bykouski, Deutsche Welle reporter in Belarus, has been exempted from criminal charges of illegal access to the closed news feed of the government-owned BelTA agency, and will be tried on administrative charges, instead. Criminal charges have also been dropped against Uladzislau Kuletski, editor of the realt.by website.