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UN Human Rights Council adopts critical resolution on Belarus, renews country mandate

06.07.2018 UN Human Rights Council adopts critical resolution on Belarus, renews country mandate

The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on the situation of human rights in Belarus at its 38th session in Geneva and renewed the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Belarus.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2018

05.07.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2018

In early June, representatives of opposition political parties and NGOs started picketing a restaurant located next to the grave of the victims of Soviet repression of 1930s-40s, popularly known as Kurapaty. According to the protesters, the construction of the eating-house was accompanied by legal violations, while the choice of the place itself was inappropriate.

Miklós Haraszti: “I wish I could report to you about progress…”

26.06.2018 Miklós Haraszti: “I wish I could report to you about progress…”

On June 25, Miklós Haraszti, the UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus, presented his sixth (and last) report on the situation of human rights in Belarus at the 38th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

UN Rights Rapporteur Laments Lack Of Improvement In 'Kafkaesque' Belarus

25.06.2018 UN Rights Rapporteur Laments Lack Of Improvement In 'Kafkaesque' Belarus

Belarusians continue to live under severe restrictions on freedom of assembly and other rights after nearly a quarter-century under President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, UN special rapporteur Miklos Haraszti has told RFE/RL.

HRHF, FIDH, HRW urge UN Human Rights Council to renew mandate of Special Rapporteur on Belarus

21.06.2018 HRHF, FIDH, HRW urge UN Human Rights Council to renew mandate of Special Rapporteur on Belarus

Delegations at the UN Human Rights Council should support the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Belarus, Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) said in a joint letter.

Miklós Haraszti to present his last report on Belarus

19.06.2018 Miklós Haraszti to present his last report on Belarus

On 25 June, Miklós Haraszti, UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus, is expected to present his sixth and last report on the human rights situation in Belarus within the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2018

05.06.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2018

On May 20, the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs published an article with homophobic content entitled “We Are For True Things”, in which the Interior Ministry spoke against LGBTQ+ people and the rainbow flag flown on the British Embassy’s building in Minsk to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, May 17. The article called the minority “fake”.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: April 2018

03.05.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: April 2018

At the 63rd session of the UN Committee against Torture, the official delegation of Belarus submitted its periodic report within the fifth cycle. An alternative report was presented by Belarusian human rights activists.

Picks of the week

28.04.2018 Picks of the week

The country’s prisons continue to hold two political prisoners.

Picks of the week

13.04.2018 Picks of the week

On April 11 and 12, the Court of the Brest region cancelled heavy fines earlier imposed on Belsat reporter Ales Liauchuk and local vloggers Aliaksandr Kabanau and Siarhei Piatrukhin. The fines were ordered by the Pinsk District Court. All of them were convicted of “violating media legislation”.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2018

03.04.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2018

Despite the Minsk city executive committee’s permission to hold a rally and concert in the capital on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the BNR independence, the city authorities banned a march organized by a number of opposition politicians.

Belarus: Human rights defenders arrested

30.03.2018 Belarus: Human rights defenders arrested

On 25 March 2018, six human rights defenders Maxim Kovalev, Tatyana Mastykina, Andrei Krechko, Anna Sakhankova, Anastasia Vasilchuk and Nasta Loiko, all members of The Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, were arrested in Minsk near Yakub Kolas Square for observing a public event

MEPs ‘alarmed’ by lack of ‘tangible progress’ in Belarus’ human rights record

22.03.2018 MEPs ‘alarmed’ by lack of ‘tangible progress’ in Belarus’ human rights record

“The situation with regard to basic human rights and democracy in Belarus is far from showing signs of any tangible progress and change,” a group of MEPs said in a letter to Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: February 2018

01.03.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: February 2018

On February 18, members of local councils were elected in Belarus. The elections, which were extremely passive, prompted criticism from the political opposition and non-partisan domestic observation.

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.

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