Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2016

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2016

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: October 2016

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2016

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: August 2016

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2016

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2016

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2016

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: April 2016

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2016

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: February 2016

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2016

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus in 2015. Analytical review

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2015

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2015

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.

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