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Amnesty International releases annual report

22.02.2018 Amnesty International releases annual report

Over the past year, leaders have pushed hate, fought against rights, ignored crimes against humanity, and blithely let inequality and suffering spin out of control. This provoked mass protests, showing that while our challenges may never be greater, the will to fight back is just as strong. Amnesty International’s report, The State of the World’s Human Rights 2017/18, covers 159 countries and delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights in the world today.

Miklós Haraszti: International scrutiny of the situation in Belarus has to be continued

05.02.2018 Miklós Haraszti: International scrutiny of the situation in Belarus has to be continued

The last report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus will stress the need of renewing the country mandate, Miklós Haraszti said during a meeting with Belarusian and international human rights activists, which took place at the Belarusian Human Rights House in Vilnius on January 31.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2018

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.

Belarus remains among "not free" countries in Freedom House’s report

18.01.2018 Belarus remains among "not free" countries in Freedom House’s report

Freedom House, a Washington-based international non-governmental organization, has ranked Belarus "not free" in its Freedom in the World Survey 2018.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: 2017. Analytical Review

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2017

05.01.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2017

December was not marked by any significant systemic changes in the field of human rights.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2017

04.12.2017 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2017

In November, the government continued to use repressive practices against political opponents and civil society activists; there were no significant systemic changes in the field of human rights.

Arbitrary detention and false prosecution of political opponents continue, UN expert says

17.11.2017 Arbitrary detention and false prosecution of political opponents continue, UN expert says

The recent arrests and detention of two political opponents on fabricated grounds is another demonstration of the cyclical system of oppression in Belarus, according to Miklós Haraszti, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus.

Eastern Partnership Summit: Azerbaijan and Belarus leaders should be pushed towards democratization

14.11.2017 Eastern Partnership Summit: Azerbaijan and Belarus leaders should be pushed towards democratization

Dozens of leading international and national human rights organizations, including two Belarusian groups, have called on EU leaders to raise the issue of human rights violations in Azerbaijan during the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, which will be held on November 24 in Brussels.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: October 2017

02.11.2017 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: October 2017

The widely announced changes in the Law "On Mass Events" and the introduction of the notification-based principle of some static types of events (pickets, meetings, rallies) in a limited number of locations authorized by local executive bodies will not significantly improve the situation with the implementation of the freedom of peaceful assembly.

Alexievich, Bialiatski sign Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal

31.10.2017 Alexievich, Bialiatski sign Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal

Dozens of intellectuals, civil society activists and politicians from different countries have joined the Coalition for Democratic Renewal (CDR), an initiative launched to “go on the offensive against the authoritarian opponents of democracy, and to demonstrate solidarity with the brave people who are fighting for freedoms in undemocratic systems around the world.”

Miklós Haraszti: Belarus human rights record “devastating” as president tightens grip on power

27.10.2017 Miklós Haraszti: Belarus human rights record “devastating” as president tightens grip on power

Belarus has a “devastating” record on human rights which has worsened over two decades as the president has consolidated his grip on absolute power, a UN human rights expert has told the General Assembly in New York.

Secretary-General's Message for 2017 UN Day

24.10.2017 Secretary-General's Message for 2017 UN Day

"When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world," António Guterres, UN Secretary-General said in a video message marking the annual United Nations Day.

Belarus in EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2016

17.10.2017 Belarus in EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2016

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2017

03.10.2017 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2017

On 12 and 25 September, the Ministry of Justice recertified (including in several instances outside schedule) a number of defense lawyers. The country’s human rights community regarded the move as a blatant interference of government bodies in the activities of the Bar.

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