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Amnesty International: Marfa Rabkova and all prisoners of conscience must be immediately and unconditionally released

18.09.2020 Amnesty International: Marfa Rabkova and all prisoners of conscience must be immediately and unconditionally released

The Belarusian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release human rights defender, Marfa Rabkova, and all those detained as criminal suspects on false charges and solely for exercising their human rights. They must also stop immediately the practice of arbitrary arrest and unlawful deprivation of freedom and holding detainees incommunicado for hours and even days – a practice which they have been widely using against their opponents in recent weeks.

Amnesty International: UN Human Rights Council must take strong action on escalating human rights crisis in the country

18.09.2020 Amnesty International: UN Human Rights Council must take strong action on escalating human rights crisis in the country

In response to the escalating human rights crisis in Belarus, Amnesty International will address the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on 18 September and demand that it takes strong and decisive action to investigate the ongoing repression of post-election protests in the country and hold perpetrators of mass violations to account.

“They are stealing the best of us”. Arbitrary arrests and forced expulsion of leading opposition activists

11.09.2020 “They are stealing the best of us”. Arbitrary arrests and forced expulsion of leading opposition activists

Belarusian authorities have stepped up their campaign against the leaders of peaceful protest in Belarus which has been ongoing after the contested result of the presidential election in August. The authorities promptly responded to popular dissent by mass arrests of peaceful street protesters, and subsequent torture or other ill-treatment while they were in custody.

Amnesty International: Authorities subject opposition leader Maryia Kalesnikava to abduction-style arrest

08.09.2020 Amnesty International: Authorities subject opposition leader Maryia Kalesnikava to abduction-style arrest

Belarusian authorities must immediately disclose the fate and whereabouts of opposition leader Maryia Kalesnikava and release her without delay, Amnesty International said today. According to eyewitnesses, Maryia Kalesnikava was abducted by masked men in Minsk on Monday morning, contradicting the Belarusian authorities’ claim that she was detained at the border with Ukraine.

Amnesty International: Police must be held accountable for violence

31.08.2020 Amnesty International: Police must be held accountable for violence

Amnesty International calls on the Belarusian authorities to immediately end police violence and to investigate the gross human rights violations committed during the last three weeks, as peaceful protests against police brutality and the rule of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka grow.

NGOs call on UN Human Rights Council to convene extraordinary session on Belarus crisis

26.08.2020 NGOs call on UN Human Rights Council to convene extraordinary session on Belarus crisis

The UN Human Rights Council must urgently convene a special session to address the human rights crisis in Belarus, where authorities have launched a full-scale crackdown following disputed presidential elections, Amnesty International and 15 other international and Belarusian NGOs said today in an open letter.

Amnesty International: Criminal case against opposition is a shocking violation of freedom of expression

21.08.2020 Amnesty International: Criminal case against opposition is a shocking violation of freedom of expression

This development has once again proved that there is no space in Belarus for any opinion that questions or criticizes President Lukashenka’s government. It has extinguished any remaining illusions that the authorities are interested in respecting human rights and the rule of law.

Amnesty International: Belarus: Attacks on journalists mount amid protest crackdown

13.08.2020 Amnesty International: Belarus: Attacks on journalists mount amid protest crackdown

The Belarusian authorities must immediately end their assault on journalists, Amnesty International said on 12 August, amid reports of journalists being arrested, beaten, and targeted with rubber bullets while covering the vicious police crackdown on protests. Media workers have also had their cameras smashed and their footage deleted.

Amnesty International: Police unleash appalling violence on peaceful protesters

11.08.2020 Amnesty International: Police unleash appalling violence on peaceful protesters

Amnesty International’s delegates in the Belarusian capital Minsk witnessed appalling violence unleashed by riot police on peaceful protesters who took to the streets last night after official announcements on election results, which protesters view as rigged.

Amnesty International: Armed forces have no business in dealing with protests

03.08.2020 Amnesty International: Armed forces have no business in dealing with protests

On 24 July, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka publicly stated that he was prepared to use the Armed Forces to “restore order” and put down street protests and demonstrations. This remark was made in the context of an upcoming presidential election on 9 August, in which the incumbent will be seeking re-election for his sixth term. It follows weeks of mass protests against electoral violations across the country, all of them peaceful except those that were brutally dispersed by the authorities which resulted in isolated incidents of police-provoked violence.

Amnesty International condemns new charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski

31.07.2020 Amnesty International condemns new charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski

As the presidential election on 9 August approaches in Belarus, the authorities are stepping up their crackdown on all dissent without pause. On 30 July, they announced a new criminal investigation against prominent video blogger and opposition politician Siarhei Tsikhanouski.

Amnesty International calls to release prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka

29.07.2020 Amnesty International calls to release prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka

Amnesty International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka.

Protect peaceful protesters in Belarus

28.07.2020 Protect peaceful protesters in Belarus

People around the world are deeply disturbed by images, video footage and reports coming out of Belarus, which expose a brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters. Sign the petition demanding that police violence ends now.

Amnesty International: Misogyny and discrimination fuels vicious campaign against activists ahead of election

17.07.2020 Amnesty International: Misogyny and discrimination fuels vicious campaign against activists ahead of election

The Belarusian authorities must halt their crackdown on all dissent ahead of the presidential election on 9 August, and immediately end their vicious campaign of targeting women activists and family members of political opposition representatives using tactics fueled by misogyny, Amnesty International said today.

Amnesty International: Mass arrests during peaceful gatherings violated protesters’ rights and provoked violence

15.07.2020 Amnesty International: Mass arrests during peaceful gatherings violated protesters’ rights and provoked violence

The people who have gathered to denounce the elimination of opposition presidential candidates from the election list have every right to take to the streets. Peaceful protest is an essential way of exercising the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.

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