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Escalating police violence in Belarus unacceptable, says OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President, urging investigations

17.11.2020 Escalating police violence in Belarus unacceptable, says OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President, urging investigations

With widespread protests ongoing in Belarus for more than 100 days, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President George Tsereteli reacted to increasing reports of excessive and disproportionate force by law enforcement. Police have reportedly used flash grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas, the President noted, and more than 1,200 people were detained on Sunday after demonstrations commemorating the death of protester Raman Bandarenka, a 31-year old activist who died in a hospital last week after reportedly being beaten by security forces.

Impunity for human rights abuses in Belarus must end, OSCE human rights office says

13.11.2020 Impunity for human rights abuses in Belarus must end, OSCE human rights office says

As pervasive violations of OSCE commitments and international human rights obligations in Belarus continue, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) calls on the country’s authorities to end impunity of those responsible for human rights violations, up to and including deaths, and hold them to account.

Civic Solidarity Platform statement on the OSCE Moscow Mechanism report on Belarus

07.11.2020 Civic Solidarity Platform statement on the OSCE Moscow Mechanism report on Belarus

Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP) has issued a statement on the OSCE Moscow Mechanism report on Belarus calling for the international community to undertake effective and coordinated actions to implement its recommendations. The statement is signed by several CSP member organisations including Human Rights House Foundation.

OSCE Moscow Mechanism Report Details Widespread Rights Violations in Belarus

06.11.2020 OSCE Moscow Mechanism Report Details Widespread Rights Violations in Belarus

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)’s Moscow Mechanism report on Belarus released on November 5 describes sustained human rights violations and abuses committed on a massive scale and with impunity by the Belarusian authorities during the fraudulent August 9 election and its aftermath.

Human rights activists present report on human rights situation after August 9 election

08.10.2020 Human rights activists present report on human rights situation after August 9 election

On Thursday, October 8, representatives of the Belarusian human rights coalition presented a report entitled “Belarus After Election”, which contains information about the human rights situation in Belarus in the post-election period. The experts focused on the rights to life, personal freedom and humane treatment, as well as freedom from torture. The report also touches on violations of the rights of journalists and children.

Belarusian human rights activists submit report to OSCE Moscow Mechanism

06.10.2020 Belarusian human rights activists submit report to OSCE Moscow Mechanism

A coalition of human rights organizations has prepared a report on human rights violations in Belarus in the post-election period. The report has been submitted to a rapporteur appointed under the OSCE Moscow Mechanism.

17 OSCE members invoking Moscow Mechanism in relation to serious human rights violations in Belarus

18.09.2020 17 OSCE members invoking Moscow Mechanism in relation to serious human rights violations in Belarus

Seventeen members of the OSCE have agreed to assign an independent team of investigators to probe election rigging and human rights abuses in Belarus stemming from August's ballot.

HRW: OSCE, UN Human Rights Council Inquiries Needed in Belarus Torture Reports

15.09.2020 HRW: OSCE, UN Human Rights Council Inquiries Needed in Belarus Torture Reports

Belarusian security forces arbitrarily detained thousands of people and systematically subjected hundreds to torture and other ill- treatment in the days following the August 9, 2020 presidential election, Human Rights Watch said today.

OSCE chairs calls for "immediate and significant improvement" in Belarus with "no ifs or buts"

28.08.2020 OSCE chairs calls for "immediate and significant improvement" in Belarus with "no ifs or buts"

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Edi Rama again offered to facilitate dialogue in Belarus

OSCE/ODIHR alarmed by increasing threats to human rights in Belarus following presidential election

19.08.2020 OSCE/ODIHR alarmed by increasing threats to human rights in Belarus following presidential election

Following the large-scale arrests of peaceful protestors in Belarus together with disturbing reports of violent physical abuse, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) calls for the immediate release of all those who have been unlawfully detained and a prompt and impartial investigation into alleged human rights abuses.

ODIHR gravely concerned at situation in Belarus following presidential election

11.08.2020 ODIHR gravely concerned at situation in Belarus following presidential election

Amidst intimidation and disproportionate police force against protesters in Belarus following reports of serious administrative misconduct during yesterday’s presidential election, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) calls for dialogue and urges the authorities to refrain from violence and to honestly report detailed election results from all polling stations.

ODIHR will not deploy election observation mission to Belarus due to lack of invitation

15.07.2020 ODIHR will not deploy election observation mission to Belarus due to lack of invitation

The Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus that the lack of an invitation to observe the upcoming presidential election has precluded ODIHR from observing the ongoing election process.

Civic Solidarity Platform Statement: Presidential Campaign 2020 in Belarus - Violence, Threats, Detentions

23.06.2020 Civic Solidarity Platform Statement: Presidential Campaign 2020 in Belarus - Violence, Threats, Detentions

OSCE Civic Solidarity Platform Statement

OSCE PA human rights leaders call for open campaign in advance of presidential election in Belarus

03.06.2020 OSCE PA human rights leaders call for open campaign in advance of presidential election in Belarus

Following reports of the detention of numerous political activists engaged in activities related to the upcoming presidential election in Belarus, the leaders of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's human rights committee, Chair Kyriakos Hadjiyianni (Cyprus), Vice-Chair Michael Link (Germany), and Rapporteur and Kari Henriksen (Norway), released a statement.

Viasna wins OSCE Democracy Defender Award

12.03.2020 Viasna wins OSCE Democracy Defender Award

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” has been awarded the OSCE’s annual Democracy Defender Award.

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