News on the topic: migrants' rights
07.12.2017 UN HRC urges Belarus not to expel Iranian facing death in home country
The UN Human Rights Committee has called on the Belarusian government not to expel Mehrdad Jamshidian, an Iranian national residing in Belarus, who is facing torture and the death penalty in his home country, human rights activist Raman Kisliak told BelaPAN.
04.09.2017 Chechen refugee detained in Minsk, faces death back home
Luiza Dudurkaeva, a 21-year-old refugee from Chechnya, has been detained today at the Minsk airport and given into hands of her family, according to Valentina Likhoshva of the Murmansk-based Maximum initiative and the girl’s lawyer, who accompanied her to Norway, where she was given asylum.
28.11.2016 Government’s attitude to Ombudsman as indicator of respect for human rights
Human rights activists and lawyers from Belarus met last week with representatives of the Office of the Polish Commissioner for Civil Rights. The meeting was held at the initiative of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and dealt with the role and mandate of the Polish Ombudsman and the government’s attitude to the activities of his office in the light of the recent political changes in the country. It also touched upon the place of human rights in the official cooperation between Warsaw and Minsk.
14.09.2016 Turkmen dissident safely returns to Sweden after 2 months of detention in Belarus
The Prosecutor General's Office of Belarus on September 13 released former RFE/RL journalist Chary Annamuradov, whose extradition had been sought by Turkmenistan. Today, the dissident has returned to Sweden, where he has lived since 2002. The official reasons for this decision are not yet known.
09.09.2016 Human Rights Watch calls on Prosecutor General of Belarus not to extradite Turkmen journalist
Human Rights Watch has written to Belarus’ Prosecutor General Aliaksandr Kaniuk, asking him to ‘immediately release’ journalist Chary Annamuradov, whose extradition has been sought by Turkmenistan.
22.02.2016 Tajik opposition activist released from jail in Belarus
Shabnam Hudoydodova, activist of the Group 24 Tajik opposition movement, has been released from jail in Brest, after over eight months of imprisonment.
29.10.2015 Belarus to streamline law on granting refugee status
Amendments are being prepared in the Law “On Refugees”, which are expected to simplify the procedure for obtaining refugee status and asylum in the country, according to Aliaksei Biahun, head of the Department of Citizenship and Migration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
23.02.2015 Tamara Shchapiotkina to stand another trial on February 27
On February 23, freelance journalist Tamara Shchapiotkina was summoned to the police station of Biaroza to give explanations on an administrative offense report written on 21 February by police officer Rachynski of the Leninski district police department of Brest.
27.08.2014 Analytical report on migrant detainees presented in Belarus
In May-July 2014, a civil campaign “No People Are Illegal” with the support from the Human Rights Center “Viasna” monitored the level of openness and transparency of work with migrants on the part of government bodies and other organizations in charge.
15.10.2012 Belarusian border gurads tortured Indian migrants to obtain false testimonies against civil activist Vital Koush
On 4 September the civil activist from Brest Vital Koush received charges under Article 371-1, part 2 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus – organization of unlawful migration, which envisages up to 7 years of imprisonment.