09.01.2017 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2016
During the month, Viasna documented a few instances of the use of forced labor in some districts of the Minsk region, which together with the earlier recorded reports, is evidence of a systemic and systematic use of forced labor in the country.
05.12.2016 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2016
Enforcement of the three recent death sentences is a major negative trend of the month, as it demonstrates the apparent reluctance of the official Minsk to abolish the death penalty in the near future.
04.11.2016 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: October 2016
The court sentences against Paliyenka and Palchys did not change Viasna’s evaluation of their criminal cases, but at the same time, we welcome the moderation shown by the Belarusian authorities and the application of penalties not related to deprivation of liberty.
04.10.2016 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2016
The key negative trend of September were new cases of arbitrary detention of political activists. It should be noted that this type of detention had not been applied by the Belarusian authorities since August 2015.
02.09.2016 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: August 2016
On July 14, the law enforcement officers detained Uladzimir Kondrus, a resident of the town of Rudziensk, Minsk region. Kondrus was taken into custody and charged under Part 2, Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (rioting). On August 10, the country’s leading human rights organizations issued a statement to recognize Uladzimir Kondrus a political prisoner and to demand his release.
02.08.2016 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2016
The Prosecutor General's Office completed the investigation into the case of prison doctor and Interior Ministry officer Aliaksandr Krylou, who is accused of professional misconduct resulting in the death of Ihar Ptsichkin in jail No. 1 in August 2013.
05.07.2016 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2016
The Committee on the Application of Standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO) called on the Belarusian authorities to bring the national legislation into compliance with the ILO Convention No. 29.
02.06.2016 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2016
During the month, there were some negative trends indicating the deterioration of the human rights situation in comparison with the previous months.
02.05.2016 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: April 2016
Despite the fact that none of the unauthorized peaceful assemblies held during the month was intervened by the law enforcement authorities or forcibly stopped, the participants and organizers of these gatherings continued to be brought to administrative responsibility and faced heavy fines.
01.04.2016 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2016
In March, there were 43 cases of administrative prosecution for taking part or organizing unsanctioned mass events.
01.03.2016 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: February 2016
There were no new politically motivated criminal cases during the month, which is a continuation of the general trend of reducing the level of repression in the country observed since last August.
02.02.2016 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2016
The month was marked by certain negative trends, indicating the deterioration of the human rights situation in comparison with the last three months of 2015.
24.01.2016 Human Rights Situation in Belarus in 2015. Analytical review
In general, in 2015 there were no systemic changes aimed at qualitative improvement of the human rights situation in the country. Basic civil and political rights were still limited at the legislative level. Despite the overall decline in the scale of repression, the level of control over society remained extremely high.
04.01.2016 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2015
Representatives of the country’s human rights organizations still call on the authorities to take a number of restorative measures aimed at improving the human rights situation in the country and demonstrate their interest in further development of the Belarus-EU relations.
02.12.2015 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2015
During November, there were no systemic changes indicating the willingness of the authorities to drastically improve the human rights situation in the country.