Human Rights Center “Viasna” calls on you to mark the Human Rights Day by solidarity actions with political prisoners

2012 2012-12-07T13:17:58+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 10 December the world will celebrate another anniversary of adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly. Since 10 December 1950, this day has been marked as the International human rights day.

Human Rights Center “Viasna” states that the situation of human rights in Belarus remains stably bad. Political prisoners – human rights defenders, civil and political activists – continue being kept behind bars.

The country's authorities impose unlawful restrictions on the fundamental civil and political freedoms, including freedom of peaceful assemblies, association, expression, participation in the state government through free, democratic and fair elections, etc. Mass media have been monopolized by the state, whereas independent media and journalists face constant pressurization and threats of persecution. Belarus remains the last countries in Europe and the former USSR where the death penalty is still used.

The Belarusian authorities openly demonstrate disregard to the international commitments in the sphere of human rights, voluntary undertaken by the country within the UN and the OSCE.

Human Rights Center “Viasna” addresses representatives of the human rights and democratic community of the country with the call to mark the International Day of Human Rights by holding solidarity actions with political prisoners as well as actions aimed at informing the Belarusian society about the real situation of human rights in the country.