Picks of the week

18.01.2019 Picks of the week

Viasna announces prison art contest; TUT.by editor's case taken to court; Human rights activists demand to prosecute minister Ihar Šunievič; Journalists fined US$1200 for filming protests in Brest; Article 193.1 of the Criminal Code omitted

Belarus in World Report 2019 by Human Rights Watch

17.01.2019 Belarus in World Report 2019 by Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch issued an annual review of human rights around the globe. Belarus deserves a special chapter.

Viasna signs joint letter protesting escalating repression against Mehman Huseynov

16.01.2019 Viasna signs joint letter protesting escalating repression against Mehman Huseynov

Human Rights Houses issue a joint letter calling for urgent action from the international community to ensure the life, health, and rights of imprisoned Azerbaijani photojournalist, video blogger, and human rights defender Mehman Huseynov.

EU and COE call on moratorium on death penalty in Belarus

14.01.2019 EU and COE call on moratorium on death penalty in Belarus

Spokespersons of the European Union and the Council of Europe condemn the latest death sentence pronounced in Belarus

Picks of the Week

11.01.2019 Picks of the Week

Civil Society Champions Award 2018 won by human rights coalition; The first death sentence this year in Belarus; Mahilioŭ human rights activist threatened with expulsion from public monitoring commission; UNHRC considered complaints of 39 Belarusians in 2018; Preliminary dates of elections in Belarus announced

Man sentenced to death in Babrujsk

09.01.2019 Man sentenced to death in Babrujsk

The Mahilioŭ Regional Court has sentenced a man to death, finding him guilty of killing two women in late July. The verdict was pronounced after a series of visiting hearings held in Babrujsk.

ARTICLE 19: New decree severely limits right to anonymity online

08.01.2019 ARTICLE 19: New decree severely limits right to anonymity online

ARTICLE 19 is concerned by the Belarusian government’s newly adopted decree, which severely limits Internet users’ right to anonymity online. Since 1 December 2018 Internet users in Belarus must prove their identity before they can make online posts.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: 2018

05.01.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: 2018

Despite a decline in the overall level of repression in the country compared to the previous year, in 2018, there were no systemic changes in the area of civil and political rights, especially at the legislative level, aimed at the qualitative improvement of the human rights situation in Belarus.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2018

30.12.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2018

During the month, there were numerous facts of pressure on independent journalists and bloggers, freelancers, arrests of peaceful protesters.

UN HRC registers complaint of Belarusian death row prisoner

29.12.2018 UN HRC registers complaint of Belarusian death row prisoner

On December 24, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has registered the individual communication of death convict Aliaksandr Zhylnikau, according to the prisoner’s lawyer who visited him on December 27.

Chechnya Through the Eyes of Belarusian Human Rights Activists

22.12.2018 Chechnya Through the Eyes of Belarusian Human Rights Activists

Almost five months ago, the Shali distric court in the Russian constituent republic of Chechnya opened the trial in the case of human rights defender Oyub Titiev.

Picks of the Week

21.12.2018 Picks of the Week

MPs approve bill to decriminalize illegal NGO membership; REP activist under excessive restrictions; protesters still face routine judicial harassment

Amnesty International: Two known prisoners on death row in Belarus at risk of imminent execution

20.12.2018 Amnesty International: Two known prisoners on death row in Belarus at risk of imminent execution

"There is grave concern that the only two known prisoners on death row in Belarus, Aliaksandr Zhylnikau and Viachaslau Sukharko, are at risk of imminent execution," Amnesty International said.

Court quashes order to expel UCP spokesperson

19.12.2018 Court quashes order to expel UCP spokesperson

The Court of the Maskoŭski District of Minsk ruled to meet an appeal by Hanna Krasulina, a Russian-born head of the United Civil Party’s press-service, who challenged an order by the city police to deport her on dubious charges.

OSCE ODIHR event: Belarus is surprisingly tenacious in restricting freedom of assembly

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.

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