29.11.2016 Stop persecution of Andrei Bandarenka. Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations
Joint statement by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community on new criminal charges against Andrei Bandarenka
15.11.2016 Viasna demands to release Aliaksandr Lapitski from psychiatric hospital and to decriminalize defamation offenses
On November 14, it became known that Aliaksandr Lapitski, 80, was forcibly sent to a psychiatric hospital, after a court decision in the criminal case against him had entered into force.
04.11.2016 Joint position of human rights defenders on adoption of plan to implement UN recommendations
Joint Position of Belarusian Human Rights Organizations on Adoption of Interagency Plan of Implementation of Recommendations for Belarus from UN mechanisms
05.10.2016 Eduard Palchys is a political prisoner. Joint statement by human rights organizations
We believe that the publications authored by blogger Eduard Palchys, which were posted in the nine articles on the 1863x.com website, are a permissible form of expression and, accordingly, may not be prosecuted under the law.
10.08.2016 Human rights defenders recognize Uladzimir Kondrus political prisoner
We reaffirm our position, which is that the actions of Uladzimir Kondrus cannot be categorized under Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, while the statute of limitations of other articles of the Criminal Code, under which they could have been qualified, has already expired.
01.07.2016 Belarus: new UN resolution highlights the country’s appalling human rights situation
The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council reminded the international community of the appalling situation in Belarus today by adopting a resolution that raises a wide range of human rights violations committed in the country.
14.06.2016 Viasna demands respect for procedural rights of Eduard Palchys
Viasna demands respect for all the procedural safeguards and rights in relation to Eduard Palchys, who is currently held in custody in the detention center in Žodzina. In particular, he should be allowed to see his lawyer and be provided with appropriate conditions of detention and treatment.
07.06.2016 Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections launch observation of parliamentary elections
Bearing in mind the importance of independent assessment, we, representatives of Belarusian human rights organizations – the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center Viasna – start monitoring of the elections of deputies to the Chamber of Representatives.
03.06.2016 Viasna demands to stop political persecution of activist Pavel Vinahradau
The Human Rights Center "Viasna" urges the authorities to immediately stop the proceedings aimed at establishing preventive supervision against Pavel Vinahradau.
24.05.2016 Common position of Belarusian human rights defenders ahead of the next round of the EU-Belarus human rights dialogue
The country's leading human rights groups say there is no significant progress or systemic changes in the field of human rights and freedoms in Belarus, urging the government to develop a National Human Rights Plan.
06.05.2016 Statement on detention of Dzmitry Paliyenka
The Human Rights Center "Viasna" believes that the detention of civil society activist Dzmitry Paliyenka is a disproportionate measure applied as part of his prosecution over involvement in the events of April 29.
13.04.2016 Viasna calls to repeal criminal defamation
The Human Rights Center "Viasna" insists on the decriminalization of acts committed by Aliaksandr Lapitski, and calls for the termination of criminal prosecution for defamation offenses, considering as a first step the abolition of Articles 367, 368, 369, 369-1, 391 of the Criminal Code.
04.04.2016 Viasna urges authorities to stop persecution of citizens for exercising freedom of peaceful assembly and expression
The Human Rights Center "Viasna" is ready to provide recommendations and proposals to the government bodies possessing the right of legislative initiative.
28.01.2016 Concerted position by Belarusian human rights organisations on priorities in shaping the strategy of international partners' relations with Belarus
We regard further improvement of the human rights situation as a top priority for both Belarusian human rights defenders and international partners in shaping the strategy for relations with Belarus.
09.12.2015 Human rights defenders call on government to take urgent restorative measures
We, representatives of the human rights organizations in Belarus, guided by an interest in the development of the Belarus-EU relations and the promotion and protection of human rights in the country, call on the government to enforce in the near future the following measures of restorative nature, which do not require legislative changes.