Harassment of journalists breaks records in Belarus – nearly 100 fines so far this year

15.11.2018 Harassment of journalists breaks records in Belarus – nearly 100 fines so far this year

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.

IndustriALL: Unjust verdict against union leaders in Belarus upheld

13.11.2018 IndustriALL: Unjust verdict against union leaders in Belarus upheld

The city court of Minsk decided on 09 November to uphold the guilty verdict against two trade union leaders in Belarus, which has been widely condemned as unjust.

Viasna protests harassment of its activist in Mahilioŭ

12.11.2018 Viasna protests harassment of its activist in Mahilioŭ

Statement by the Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Minsk City Court confirms sentence in trade union case

09.11.2018 Minsk City Court confirms sentence in trade union case

The Minsk City Court has upheld today the sentence of 4 years of restricted freedom earlier handed down to Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik, leaders of the trade union REP, on charges of tax evasion.

Journalists involved in BelTA case face formal charges

08.11.2018 Journalists involved in BelTA case face formal charges

Eight journalists working with the tut.by and belapan.by news websites have been officially charged with “unauthorized accesses to computer information” in what is known as the “BelTA case”, Belarusian Association of Journalists said.

Swiss abolitionists ask Lukashenka to spare lives of death row prisoners in Belarus

06.11.2018 Swiss abolitionists ask Lukashenka to spare lives of death row prisoners in Belarus

L’ACAT-Suisse, a Switzerland-based human rights organization working to end torture and capital punishment, has sent a petition to President Lukashenka, asking him to commute the death sentences handed down to Aliaksandr Zhylnikau and Viachaslau Sukharko.

UN HRC publishes concluding observations on Belarus

05.11.2018 UN HRC publishes concluding observations on Belarus

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has published its Concluding observations adopted following the consideration of Belarus’s fifth periodic report on 8 and 9 October.

November 5 - Stand Up for Journalists!

05.11.2018 November 5 - Stand Up for Journalists!

In Belarus, this year's main threat is the criminal case launched against prominent journalists and editors of independent media.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: October 2018

02.11.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: October 2018

On October 24, political prisoner and Amnesty International’s prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka was released from penal colony number 2 in Babrujsk after serving his entire sentence of nearly 2 years in prison.

European Commissioner discusses EU-Belarus cooperation with human rights defenders

31.10.2018 European Commissioner discusses EU-Belarus cooperation with human rights defenders

On Wednesday, 31 October, representatives of the Belarusian non-governmental and human rights organizations met with Mr. Johannes Hahn, European Union Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy. The meeting was also attended by the EU’s official representative in Belarus, Ms. Andrea Wiktorin.

Picks of the Week

26.10.2018 Picks of the Week

More activists convicted over environmental protest in Brest; government employees "assist" farmers to harvest crops; Amnesty International welcomes the release of Dzmitry Paliyenka

‘Deteriorating’ human rights in Belarus amounts to ‘wholescale oppression’: UN expert

26.10.2018 ‘Deteriorating’ human rights in Belarus amounts to ‘wholescale oppression’: UN expert

A crackdown on free speech is the latest worrying development amid the deteriorating, “wholescale oppression” of human rights in Belarus, an independent expert told the UN General Assembly, on Thursday.

Belarus civil society stagnating, research says

25.10.2018 Belarus civil society stagnating, research says

“After three years of gradual improvement, the sustainability of Belarusian CSOs stagnated in 2017, with deterioration in two dimensions—legal environment and financial viability—and improvement in three dimensions—advocacy, service provision, and public image,” says the 2017 Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index by the United States Agency for International Development, the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance and the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance.

Prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka walks free

24.10.2018 Prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka walks free

Political prisoner Dzmitry Paliyenka has been released this morning after serving nearly two years in a penal colony in Babrujsk.

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19.10.2018 Picks of the Week

Human rights lawyer arrested in Brest; opposition activist convicted over anti-military protest; journalists routinely harassed across Belarus

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