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Legislative amendments further restrict media in Belarus, says OSCE media freedom representative

18.06.2018 Legislative amendments further restrict media in Belarus, says OSCE media freedom representative

VIENNA, 18 June 2018 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir today expressed concern following the adoption of legislative amendments in Belarus which further restrict media activities in the country. The amendments affect the work of national mass media, internet resources, and foreign media outlets.

Chechnya: immediately release human rights defender Oyub Titiev

11.01.2018 Chechnya: immediately release human rights defender Oyub Titiev

(10 January 2018) We, members of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP), are deeply concerned at reports of the arrest of Oyub Titiev, head of Human Rights Center Memorial’s Grozny office in Chechnya on highly dubious narcotics charges. We call for his immediate and unconditional release and dropping of all charges.

Restricting civil society participation in OSCE a tremendous setback for Helsinki process, says CSP

13.12.2017 Restricting civil society participation in OSCE a tremendous setback for Helsinki process, says CSP

“Restricting civil society participation in the work of the OSCE would be a tremendous setback for the Helsinki process and a betrayal of the spirit and founding values of this unique peace advancement initiative,” says an appeal by the Civic Solidarity Platform, a network of more than 90 human rights NGOs from throughout the OSCE region.

Persecution of civil society and pressure on lawyers on the agenda of HDIM 2017

20.09.2017 Persecution of civil society and pressure on lawyers on the agenda of HDIM 2017

A number of side events within the framework of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting held in Warsaw deal with acute problems related to the work of human rights defenders in the post-Soviet region. The international community has been urged to address the issue of pressure on lawyers and the politically motivated persecution of civil society groups in Belarus.

Belarus in focus at OSCE event on the death penalty

19.09.2017 Belarus in focus at OSCE event on the death penalty

Amnesty International and FIDH continue to raise the issue of the death penalty at international fora, as another thematic event has been held within the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw. The side event involved human rights activists from Belarus, one of the two OSCE countries that still execute death convicts.

Threats and attacks against human rights defenders on the rise, says OSCE/ODIHR report

18.09.2017 Threats and attacks against human rights defenders on the rise, says OSCE/ODIHR report

Threats and attacks against human rights defenders in the OSCE area have continued to increase in severity and frequency over the last three years, according to a report by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) released on 15 September 2017.

Ales Bialiatski: West tends to downplay repression in Belarus

12.09.2017 Ales Bialiatski: West tends to downplay repression in Belarus

The Belarusian House Foundation in Warsaw hosted yesterday, September 11, a side event as part of the OSCE ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017. The event entitled “Human Rights in Belarus – From the Case of Patriots to the Case of Labor Unions” involved several Belarusian human rights defenders and focused on this year’s wave of repression in Belarus, including the ‘White Legion case’ and the criminal charges against trade union leaders.

Anar Mammadli: “While Belarusian government still wants to imitate democracy, in Azerbaijan it has already finished imitation”

17.07.2017 Anar Mammadli: “While Belarusian government still wants to imitate democracy, in Azerbaijan it has already finished imitation”

Comparing the situation in Belarus and Azerbaijan, it can be noted that the authorities of both countries exchange experience of harassment of civil society activists. In particular, we periodically have to watch the waves of persecution of human rights defenders in the two ex-Soviet countries.

Key Notes from Civil Society Parallel Forum in Minsk

05.07.2017 Key Notes from Civil Society Parallel Forum in Minsk

At the Civil Society Parallel Forum on July 4 in Minsk, international and Belarusian human rights defenders held a briefing with the participation of Miklós Haraszti, the UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus whose mandate is not recognized by the Belarus Foreign Affairs Ministry.

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.

Position of Belarusian Human Rights Organizations as Regards Overall Human Rights Situation in Belarus

29.06.2017 Position of Belarusian Human Rights Organizations as Regards Overall Human Rights Situation in Belarus

We, representatives of the Belarusian human rights community, hereby express our joint position as regards the human rights situation in Belarus before the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the next round of the EU-Belarus Dialogue on Human Rights.

OSCE Denounces Execution In Belarus

10.05.2017 OSCE Denounces Execution In Belarus

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has denounced the recent execution of a man in Belarus, the only country in Europe which still applies the death penalty.

OSCE/ODIHR Director Link condemns undue restrictions on demonstrations and unnecessary use of force against peaceful protesters in Belarus

26.03.2017 OSCE/ODIHR Director Link condemns undue restrictions on demonstrations and unnecessary use of force against peaceful protesters in Belarus

WARSAW, 26 March 2017 - Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, today condemned the reported undue restrictions on public assemblies and the unnecessary use of force by Belarusian authorities against peaceful protestors in Minsk and other cities in the country.

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