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.
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.
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.
04.12.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2018
On November 27, human rights defenders learned about the execution of death row inmates Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy.
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.
01.10.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2018
September saw the resumption of a long-standing practice of sending government employees and students to harvest crops, while these the functions are not stipulated by their employment contracts.
04.09.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: August 2018
The month was marked by a significant deterioration of the human rights situation in Belarus.
02.08.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2018
During the month, there were numerous cases of pressure on independent journalists and bloggers, freelancers, as well as arrests and administrative detention of peaceful protesters.
05.07.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2018
In early June, representatives of opposition political parties and NGOs started picketing a restaurant located next to the grave of the victims of Soviet repression of 1930s-40s, popularly known as Kurapaty. According to the protesters, the construction of the eating-house was accompanied by legal violations, while the choice of the place itself was inappropriate.
05.06.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2018
On May 20, the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs published an article with homophobic content entitled “We Are For True Things”, in which the Interior Ministry spoke against LGBTQ+ people and the rainbow flag flown on the British Embassy’s building in Minsk to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, May 17. The article called the minority “fake”.
03.05.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: April 2018
At the 63rd session of the UN Committee against Torture, the official delegation of Belarus submitted its periodic report within the fifth cycle. An alternative report was presented by Belarusian human rights activists.
03.04.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2018
Despite the Minsk city executive committee’s permission to hold a rally and concert in the capital on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the BNR independence, the city authorities banned a march organized by a number of opposition politicians.
01.03.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: February 2018
On February 18, members of local councils were elected in Belarus. The elections, which were extremely passive, prompted criticism from the political opposition and non-partisan domestic observation.
01.02.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2018
The Ministry of Information ordered to restrict access to the information resource Charter-97 (www.charter97.org) citing ‘prohibited content’ allegedly posted on the critical website. The fact caused criticism from the country's independent journalistic community and human rights defenders.
17.01.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: 2017. Analytical Review
The year was marked by a significant deterioration in the overall situation of human rights in the country as compared to the previous period of so-called ‘soft practices’, which began in August 2015 and ended with the start of mass protests in February 2017; the latter were in many ways provoked by the use of Presidential Decree number 3.