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Human rights defenders to launch international campaign #FreeViasna

07.09.2021 Human rights defenders to launch international campaign #FreeViasna

Several key Belarusian and international human rights organizations announced plans to launch an international campaign of solidarity entitled #FreeViasna, following a coordination meeting held in Vilnius on September 6-7.

No justice in sight for scores of human rights violations survivors one year on from disputed election

09.08.2021 No justice in sight for scores of human rights violations survivors one year on from disputed election

Amnesty International has released a public statement addressing the ongoing crackdown on the dissent in Belarus.

Help release Viasna human rights defenders!

22.07.2021 Help release Viasna human rights defenders!

Ales Bialiatski, Chairman of the Human Rights Centre Viasna, Viasna’s lawyer Uladzimir Labkovich and his partner Nina Labkovich, as well as the Vice Chairman of Viasna, Valiantsin Stefanovich were transferred to pretrial detention on 17 July.

Amnesty International: Sweeping crackdown on civil society organizations must be stopped

15.07.2021 Amnesty International: Sweeping crackdown on civil society organizations must be stopped

Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, reacted to an unprecedented wave of searches and detentions targeting more than a dozen civil society organizations in Belarus.

Amnesty International calls transfer of Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega to house arrest "cynical trick" of Belarus' regime

25.06.2021 Amnesty International calls transfer of Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega to house arrest "cynical trick" of Belarus' regime

Marie Struthers commented on the play of the Belarusian authorities with political prisoners

Medical workers witnessing painful human toll of reprisals, paying high personal price

17.06.2021 Medical workers witnessing painful human toll of reprisals, paying high personal price

Belarusian health workers who participated in anti-government demonstrations or spoke out against official accounts of protesters’ deaths and injuries, are facing brutal reprisals from the authorities, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing.

Raman Pratasevich forced televised ‘confession’ amounts to ill-treatment, Amnesty International said

05.06.2021 Raman Pratasevich forced televised ‘confession’ amounts to ill-treatment, Amnesty International said

He was plainly on the edge of breaking down, in tears and with visible wounds on his wrists, as he was forced to incriminate himself and praise his captors. It was a televised coercion.

Amnesty International launches urgent action to help Raman Pratasevich

27.05.2021 Amnesty International launches urgent action to help Raman Pratasevich

Amnesty International is launching an Urgent Action following the televised self-incriminating statement by Raman Pratasevich, co-founder and former editor of the NEXTA Telegram-channel, in which he appears distraught and injured.

Amnesty International: Journalist apprehended in Minsk airport after emergency landing must be released immediately

24.05.2021 Amnesty International: Journalist apprehended in Minsk airport after emergency landing must be released immediately

The European Union and the rest of the world must react without delay and call for the immediate release of Raman Pratasevich.

Amnesty International: Blocking leading online media outlet is a brazen attack on freedom of expression

18.05.2021 Amnesty International: Blocking leading online media outlet is a brazen attack on freedom of expression

The blocking of the TUT.by website is a full-scale assault on the right to freedom of expression and media freedom in Belarus, and leaves a gaping wound in the country’s access to independent sources of information.

Amnesty International reiterates call to release minor convict ahead of appeal hearing

22.04.2021 Amnesty International reiterates call to release minor convict ahead of appeal hearing

Mikita Zalatarou’s case is another stark reminder of the violence that awaits people in Belarus, including minors, when they come face to face with this repressive state.

Death penalty 2020: Despite Covid-19, some countries ruthlessly pursued death sentences and executions

21.04.2021 Death penalty 2020: Despite Covid-19, some countries ruthlessly pursued death sentences and executions

While there was an overall trend of decline, some countries pursued or even increased the number of executions carried out, indicating a chilling disregard for human life at a time when the world’s attention focused on protecting people from a deadly virus.

Amnetsy International calls to release minor sentenced to five years imprisonment after unfair trial

14.04.2021 Amnetsy International calls to release minor sentenced to five years imprisonment after unfair trial

On 22 February 2021, 17-year-old Mikita Zalatarou was sentenced to five years in a correctional colony after a trial marred with irregularities, for allegedly “organizing mass disorder” and having thrown a molotov cocktail at the feet of two riot policemen.

Belarus in Amnesty International's Annual Report 2020/21

07.04.2021 Belarus in Amnesty International's Annual Report 2020/21

The year was characterized by recurrent peaceful protests, with the presidential election in August serving as a catalyst for the most egregious crackdown on freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association in Belarus’ post-independence history.

Belarus: Older people impacted by state repression

30.03.2021 Belarus: Older people impacted by state repression

The Belarusian authorities have endangered the health of older protesters who are at higher risk from COVID-19 by transporting them in overcrowded police buses and incarcerating them in packed prison cells, Amnesty International said today. In a new briefing, the organization documented the arrest and ill treatment of dozens of older people who took part in peaceful protests, including one 83-year-old man who was made to stand facing a wall for 90 minutes with his arms raised.

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