Human Rights Situation in Belarus in 2019

16.01.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus in 2019

In spite of a slight decrease in the overall level of repression in the country compared with the previous year, in 2019 Belarus failed to demonstrate any significant 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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2019

04.01.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2019

The situation with human rights remained poor during the month. There was an overall deterioration of the situation in comparison to previous periods, which is primarily due to an increase in the number of cases of administrative responsibility targeting participants of peaceful assemblies.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2019

03.12.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2019

On November 17, elections of members of the House of Representatives of the 7th convocation were held in Belarus. The only domestic citizen monitoring group, “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections”, came to the conclusion that the elections of deputies of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the seventh convocation, in general, did not meet a number of key international standards for democratic and free elections, and the electoral legislation of the Republic of Belarus.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: October 2019

01.11.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: October 2019

On October 25, the court, finding Paliyenka guilty of the alleged act, sentenced him to three years of restricted freedom without imprisonment, reducing the sentence by one year under an amnesty.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2019

02.10.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2019

On September 25, the Minsk City Court was to open a closed trial in the criminal case of an activist of the anarchist movement Dzmitry Paliyenka. As a result, the trial was adjourned due to the judge’s illness.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: August 2019

02.09.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: August 2019

During the month, human rights defenders continued to document cases of administrative prosecution of peaceful protesters.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2019

01.08.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2019

The human rights situation remained unsatisfactory, without any tangible changes, while in July, as before, there were no cases of administrative imprisonment for political reasons, which generally continues the general trend of the first half of this year.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2019

02.07.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2019

On June 13, Viasna learned about the execution of Aliaksandr Zhylnikau, who was sentenced to death by a verdict of the Minsk City Court. The fate of the other convict in the same case, Viachaslau Sukharka, who was also sentenced to death, is still unknown, but, given the current practice of enforcing death sentences in Belarus, we can assume that he was also executed.

Human rights situation in Belarus. May 2019

05.06.2019 Human rights situation in Belarus. May 2019

The latest overview of the situation with human rights in Belarus.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: April 2019

03.05.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: April 2019

April was marked by a certain deterioration of the overall human rights situation in the country and the negative trends that had emerged in March were further developed. At the same time, the authorities were still trying to avoid the use of most severe forms of repression against civil society and the political opposition.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2019

01.04.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2019

March witnessed certain alarming trends of deteriorating situation with human rights in the country, which may indicate a strengthening of the level of repression ahead of the elections expected later this year.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: February 2019

03.03.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: February 2019

In February, there were no significant improvements in the human rights situation.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2019

02.02.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2019

On January 9, the Mahilioŭ Regional Court sentenced Aliaksandr Asipovich of Babrujsk to capital punishment. This is the first death sentence handed down in Belarus in 2019.

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.

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