News on the topic: Belarus

Mahiliou KGB reluctant to discriminate in the case of "Slavonic March" organization

11.01.2013 Mahiliou KGB reluctant to discriminate in the case of "Slavonic March" organization

The decision to authorize the "Slavonic March" is beyond our competence – this is the answer received by the deputy head of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) Ihar Barysau from the deputy head of the Mahiliou Region KGB Bureau Savienka.

Brest activists launch online project to help visually impaired

31.10.2012 Brest activists launch online project to help visually impaired

The initiators of the project does not exclude the possibility that it may have a rights-based character, to support people with disabilities who face discrimination in their everyday lives.

Leaders of the EU Member States: Call to release and rehabilitation of Statkevich and Dashkevich

29.10.2012 Leaders of the EU Member States: Call to release and rehabilitation of Statkevich and Dashkevich

Mass media and human rights defenders continually inform about repressions, which are used by the regime against civic activists, representatives of the opposition and independent journalists. The situation with political prisoners, who are still in prison and other institutions of confinement, is deteriorating as well. Two prisoners of conscience, 2010 presidential candidate Mikola Statkevich and the leader of “Young Front” Zmitser Dashkevich, are in an especially dramatic situation.

Civil activists launch campaign to declare August 4 International Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civil society and human rights movement

23.07.2012 Civil activists launch campaign to declare August 4 International Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civil society and human rights movement

A number of civil activists and human rights defenders of Russia and several other countries have launched an online campaign to mark August 4, the day when Viasna leader and FIDH vice-president Ales Bialiatski was arrested in 2011, International Day of Solidarity with the civil society and human rights movement of Belarus.

Election observers: “We will keep our eyes open throughout the election”

21.06.2012 Election observers: “We will keep our eyes open throughout the election”

The Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections campaign has launched a nation-wide election observation campaign ahead of the September parliamentary election at a press-conference held in Viasna’s office today.

Marek Migalski’s office launches online campaign for release of Siarhei Kavalenka

18.06.2012 Marek Migalski’s office launches online campaign for release of Siarhei Kavalenka

The office of Marek Migalski, Member of the European Parliament, is starting the website www.freekavalenka.org, as part of a campaign initiated by "Libereco - Partnership for Human Rights".

Belarus: Continuing Human Rights Concerns

13.06.2012 Belarus: Continuing Human Rights Concerns

Submission to the 20th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Homel: activist of anti-alcoholic company threatened by anonymous

06.06.2012 Homel: activist of anti-alcoholic company threatened by anonymous

On 4 June Natallia Kryvashei was collecting signatures within the framework of the civil campaign “Stop drinking – start living!” under a proposal on amending of legal regulations concerning the sale of alcohol and measures on preventing the total alcoholization of the population.

Brest campaigners for electoral reform report harassment by security officials

29.05.2012 Brest campaigners for electoral reform report harassment by security officials

Several Brest activists campaigning for the reform of the electoral legislation have been intimidated by local police and KGB employees, says the campaign’s member Viktar Chaikouski.

Viasna launches campaign to monitor penal system

21.05.2012 Viasna launches campaign to monitor penal system

All information concerning the analysis of penal law and penal system monitoring will be published in a thematic section on the website of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”.

The section’s expert is lawyer Pavel Sapelka.

Here is an article by Pavel Sapelka, dealing with the urgency of the issue of human rights violations against people in custody, those serving sentences and held in other institutions.

18.05.2012 Young Front activist faces expulsion for picket of solidarity with Siarhei Kavalenka

Yulia Vinakhodava, activist of the Young Front opposition movement, is facing expulsion from Vitsebsk State College of Technology for taking part in a picket of solidarity with imprisoned activist Siarhei Kavalenka outside the city’s pre-trial prison, www.charter97.org reports.

Education used as weapon against young people in Belarus

27.03.2012 Education used as weapon against young people in Belarus

MINSK - Anastasia Shuleika was expelled from Belarus State University on 14 February for speaking out against President Alexander Lukashenko.

Citizens campaign for secret vote procedures at Supreme Court

16.03.2012 Citizens campaign for secret vote procedures at Supreme Court

Over 250 appeals by Belarusian citizens have been submitted to the Presidential Administration and the office of Chairman of the Supreme Court, demanding to introduce secret voting at the Court’s sittings, says lawyer Mrs. Tamara Siarhei, leader of a civil initiative against unlawfulness in courts and prosecuting authorities.

Ministry of Education: warnings to students “contribute to the exercise of right to education”

16.03.2012 Ministry of Education: warnings to students “contribute to the exercise of right to education”

Aliaksandr Saldatsenka, activist of the European Belarus opposition movement expelled from Minsk State Linguistic University for involvement in rallies of solidarity with political prisoners, has received replies from the Ministry of Education and Minsk Partyzanski District Prosecutor’s Office concerning a warning issued by the University rector Mrs. Natallia Baranava.

16.02.2012 Young Front member expelled from third year of BNTU

Mihas Muski has sent a letter to Syarhei Maskevich, Minister of Education, today.

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