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OSCE/ODIHR: Curbs on freedoms and concerns over procedural integrity tarnish elections

20.11.2019 OSCE/ODIHR: Curbs on freedoms and concerns over procedural integrity tarnish elections

MINSK, 18 November 2019 – Fundamental freedoms were disregarded and the integrity of the election process was not adequately safeguarded in the early parliamentary elections in Belarus even as the number of registered candidates increased, international observers concluded in a preliminary statement published today.

Belarus elections still ignore key recommendations, says OSCE ODIHR mission

08.11.2019 Belarus elections still ignore key recommendations, says OSCE ODIHR mission

The parliamentary election campaign in Belarus is low key, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights said in an interim report released 10 days before voting day set for November 17.

EU, OSCE PA condemn new death sentence in Belarus

29.10.2019 EU, OSCE PA condemn new death sentence in Belarus

“A moratorium on executions in Belarus would be a positive first step towards the abolition of the death penalty in the country,” a statement by Maja Kocijancic, European Union Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said in response to the death sentence handed down by the Brest Regional Court.

OSCE HDIM 2019: Belarus in focus

27.09.2019 OSCE HDIM 2019: Belarus in focus

The OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Europe's largest annual human rights and democracy conference, is closing today in Warsaw, following two weeks of discussions that brought together hundreds of activists and policy-makers.

OSCE major meeting to discuss human rights situation in Belarus ahead of elections

17.09.2019 OSCE major meeting to discuss human rights situation in Belarus ahead of elections

The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Europe’s largest annual human rights and democracy conference, organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), is taking place in Warsaw, Poland, from 16 to 27 September.

OSCE Representative denounces search of Belsat

11.04.2019 OSCE Representative denounces search of Belsat

VIENNA, 10 April 2019 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, denounced the search conducted on 9 April in the editorial office of the Belsat TV channel in Minsk, Belarus. He called on the authorities to exercise restraint in bringing libel charges against media and journalists, and reiterated his call on the authorities to decriminalize defamation.

Harlem Désir: We are concerned about fight against extremism

19.03.2019 Harlem Désir: We are concerned about fight against extremism

Mr. Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, has met with members of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and representatives of independent media as part of his working visit to Minsk, BAJ press service said.

OSCE representative hopes the verdict of Maryna Zolatava will be overturned

06.03.2019 OSCE representative hopes the verdict of Maryna Zolatava will be overturned

Harlem Desir twitted about the "BelTA case"

Belarusian trade union case raised with the EU

21.01.2019 Belarusian trade union case raised with the EU

International trade unions brought concerns of deteriorating environment for democracy and fundamental rights in Belarus to the European Union authorities.

OSCE ODIHR event: Belarus is surprisingly tenacious in restricting freedom of assembly

18.12.2018 OSCE ODIHR event: Belarus is surprisingly tenacious in restricting freedom of assembly

On December 17-18, Vienna hosted the third round table organized by the OSCE ODIHR to discuss the methodology of monitoring peaceful assemblies. It was attended by over 30 representatives from different countries of the OSCE region, including Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Albania, Great Britain, Germany, Moldova, Hungary and Belarus.

Ales Bialiatski: Belarus will continue systemic repression of social and political activists

13.09.2018 Ales Bialiatski: Belarus will continue systemic repression of social and political activists

On September 13, the Belarusian House in Warsaw organized a round table “Belarus - Repression Behind the “Liberalization” Façade” as part of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM 2018).

HDIM 2018: What representatives of Belarusian NGOs told in Warsaw?

12.09.2018 HDIM 2018: What representatives of Belarusian NGOs told in Warsaw?

On September 12, Warsaw hosted a side event on the current situation of civil and political rights in Belarus. The event entitled “The current situation of civil and political rights in Belarus: first-hand information from inside" was held in the framework of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM 2018).

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.

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