News on the topic: human rights
10.07.2017 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2017
The closing of a series of criminal cases with clear political motives and the release of all the persons arrested on the eve of March 25, prompt cautious optimism, but do not testify to a change of the government’s policy in the field of protecting human rights as a whole and do not give grounds for claims of less repressive practices as an established trend.
04.07.2017 Miklós Haraszti Visits Minsk upon OSCE Invitation
The Special Rapporteur on Belarus Miklós Haraszti will take place in the 26th annual session of the PA OSCE that is held on July 5 – 9 in Minsk.
23.06.2017 UN Human Rights Council adopts critical resolution on Belarus and extends mandate of Special Rapporteur
The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted today at its 35th session to approve the resolution of the situation of human rights in Belarus.
15.06.2017 UN expert urges continued scrutiny as Belarus enters new cycle of repression
The United Nations Special Rapporteur Miklós Haraszti yesterday described the severe crackdown on peaceful protesters in February-March of this year as revealing the cyclical nature of oppression of human rights in Belarus. He also warned that the trials underway potentially lead to a new set of political prisoners.
09.06.2017 FIDH: UN must demonstrate its capacity to react
Facing criticism once again, the Human Rights Council must demonstrate its relevance at its June session which opened yesterday. Belarus, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, among others... FIDH and its members voice their priorities for this 35th session.
08.06.2017 UN High Commissioner slams Belarus over refusal to cooperate with human rights mechanisms
Governments around the world should not refuse to cooperate with UN human rights mechanisms, High Commissioner for human rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein said at the opening of the 35th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
06.06.2017 PACE Rapporteur advises against resumption of Belarus's special guest status
The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly has published a draft resolution on Belarus, which will be put on a vote on June 27 at the PACE summer session in Strasbourg.
05.06.2017 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2017
The month was marked by a continued negative trend evidencing the deterioration of the overall human rights situation in the country.
02.06.2017 Belarusian human rights defenders urge UN Human Rights Council to extend Special Rapporteur’s mandate
From 30 May to 1 June, Valiantsin Stefanovich, lawyer of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", and Hanna Herasimava, Director of the Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House, met with the delegations of various countries to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to inform them about the situation with human rights in Belarus.
23.05.2017 Belarus backsliding badly on human rights: U.N. report
The Belarus government has returned to a policy of large-scale repression, causing a dramatic deterioration in human rights, according to a report published on Monday for submission to next month's session of the U.N. Human Rights Council.
19.05.2017 ‘Tough and slow’: For the first time in 20 years Belarus reports to UN Human Rights Committee
On May 18, Minsk hosted a discussion of the country’s periodic report on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The document has already been submitted by the Government of Belarus to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The event was organized jointly by the UN Office in Belarus and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
03.05.2017 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: April 2017
The month was marked by a continuation of the negative trends observed since early March, indicating a decline in the overall human rights situation in the country and testifying to the return of the authorities of Belarus to the policy of the worst repressive practices.
13.04.2017 Human Rights Defenders Present Key Recommendations in Brussels Concerning Belarus
During a working visit to Brussels, Belarusian and international human rights defenders held meetings in EU structures, discussing the events of recent few months and calling on EU member states to take decisive measures regarding the Belarusian state in order to reach progress in the sphere of human rights in the country.
06.04.2017 European Parliament condemns “crackdown on peaceful protesters” in Belarus
The European Parliament condemns the “crackdown on peaceful protesters” in mass demonstrations by thousands of citizens across Belarus, in particular on Freedom Day (25 March), when security forces violently attacked and beat protesters and arrested hundreds of people, including domestic and foreign journalists reporting on the events. The protests were directed against the adoption of a Presidential Decree introducing a so-called “social-parasite tax”, designed to penalise unemployment with fees and forced labour.
05.04.2017 Human Rights Watch: Keep up pressure on Belarus to release detainees and respect fundamental freedoms
“Belarusian authorities led a shocking, all-out assault on peaceful assembly around the Freedom Day protests,” said Yulia Gorbunova, Belarus researcher at Human Rights Watch. “They should immediately release everyone who was detained in connection with the protests and investigate allegations of police mistreatment.”