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Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2017

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.

Miklós Haraszti Visits Minsk upon OSCE Invitation

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.

UN Human Rights Council adopts critical resolution on Belarus and extends mandate of Special Rapporteur

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.

UN expert urges continued scrutiny as Belarus enters new cycle of repression

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.

FIDH: UN must demonstrate its capacity to react

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.

UN High Commissioner slams Belarus over refusal to cooperate with human rights mechanisms

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.

PACE Rapporteur advises against resumption of Belarus's special guest status

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2017

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.

Belarusian human rights defenders urge UN Human Rights Council to extend Special Rapporteur’s mandate

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.

Belarus backsliding badly on human rights: U.N. report

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.

‘Tough and slow’: For the first time in 20 years Belarus reports to UN Human Rights Committee

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.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: April 2017

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.

Human Rights Defenders Present Key Recommendations in Brussels Concerning  Belarus

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.

European Parliament condemns “crackdown on peaceful protesters” in Belarus

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.

Human Rights Watch: Keep up pressure on Belarus to release detainees and respect fundamental freedoms

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.”

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