Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2020

03.08.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2020

The presidential campaign takes place against the background of continuous repression, in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation of society. July was marked by a continued deterioration of the human rights situation in the country, which can be described as a crisis.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2020

02.07.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2020

The election campaign is taking place against the background of continuous repressions, in an atmosphere of intimidation of society. In June, the overall human rights situation in the country deteriorated sharply.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2020

03.06.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2020

May was marked by a sharp deterioration in the human rights situation and an increase in repression, which is due to the start of the presidential election campaign.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: April 2020

01.05.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: April 2020

The country’s human rights community voiced its particular concern over the government’s current policy to address the coronavirus pandemic crisis. Contrary to the WHO recommendations, the Belarusian authorities continue to conduct mass events, including the nationwide “subbotnik” (unpaid social labor day) and preparations for the May 9 military parade in Minsk, and refuse to introduce a quarantine in educational institutions.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2020

02.04.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2020

On March 5, financial police arrested Siarhei Satsuk, journalist and editor of the news site ej.by. According to available information, he is accused of committing a crime under part 2 of Art. 430 of the Criminal Code (receiving a bribe repeatedly or by extortion, or by a group of persons by prior conspiracy or in large amounts).

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: February 2020

04.03.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: February 2020

According to human rights defenders, in violation of the principles of a fair trial, Mikita Yemialyianau and Ivan Komar were sentenced to excessively cruel and disproportionate punishment. The human rights community called the convicts political prisoners and requested an immediate re-trial for both defendants.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2020

03.02.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2020

During the month, there were new trials of participants in the December protests against the so-called “advanced integration”. In total, according to the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, in January, administrative responsibility under Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code affected 92 people.

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.

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