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07.06.2021 Belarus: ‘Black hole’ for media freedoms after egregious attacks, say UN experts
UN human rights experts today expressed outrage at the arrest, alleged torture and forced confession of social media activist and human rights defender Roman Protasevich (Raman Pratasevich), and the continued crackdown on independent media.
26.05.2021 UN human rights office calls for ‘immediate release’ of Roman Protasevich
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has strongly condemned the arbitrary detention of an opposition journalist in Belarus, calling it an “astonishing episode” that heralds a new phase in the campaign of repression against journalists and civil society there.
19.05.2021 UN appoints OHCHR fact-finding mission experts to Belarus
UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet today announced the appointment of three high-level experts to the UN Human Rights Office’s fact-finding mission on Belarus that will assist her in conducting a comprehensive examination of alleged human rights violations committed in Belarus since 1 May 2020.
02.04.2021 Belarus must end pattern of police brutality and impunity: UN experts
UN human rights experts called on Belarus to end the continued pattern of excessive use of force, arrests, arbitrary detention and ill-treatment against protesters and the repression of journalists and media personnel.
24.03.2021 Civil society organisations call for the immediate operationalisation of the Human Rights Council’s new mandate on Belarus
66 Belarusian and international human rights organisations, welcome the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council mandating the High Commissioner to create a new robust monitoring and reporting mandate focused on accountability for human rights violations in Belarus that have taken place since 1 May 2020.
24.03.2021 Human Rights Council adopts resolution on Belarus
The UN Human Rights Council this morning adopted a text in which it requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to carry out a comprehensive examination of all alleged human rights violations committed in Belarus.
19.03.2021 Crackdown on human rights defenders deepens, says UN expert
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders Mary Lawlor said today she was concerned by an increasing crackdown against human rights defenders in Belarus, citing two cases of suspected reprisals against individuals who have collaborated with the United Nations in promoting and protecting the rights of people with disabilities.
04.03.2021 HRDs urge UN HRC to establish new mechanism on Belarus
Open letter calling for the UN Human Rights Council to create an accountability mechanism on Belarus
26.02.2021 Belarus human rights situation deteriorating further, warns UN rights chief
A “systematic crackdown” against dissent in Belarus is continuing, months since the country’s disputed presidential election last year, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has told the Human Rights Council.
26.02.2021 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Oral Statement by Right Livelihood Award Foundation
Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on Belarus
19.02.2021 OHCHR report to UN Human Rights Council reveals serious violations of human rights in Belarus
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights submitted a report to the forty-sixth session of the UN Human Rights Council covering the situation of human rights in Belarus. The report examines the events during the electoral campaign and the situation that unfolded around and following the presidential election of 9 August 2020.
26.01.2021 BHC and Viasna’s submission to Committee against Torture ahead of Belarus UPR session
The Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" have prepared a number of issues and questions to be addressed to the government of Belarus during the forthcoming review of its human rights record at the 70th session of the UN Committee against Torture.
13.01.2021 Belarus denies allegations of arbitrary detention of woman human rights defenders
The Belarusian government has replied to a October 23 joint letter by a number of UN experts concerning the alleged arbitrary detention of and judicial proceedings against woman human rights defenders Marina Dubina, Irina Sukhiy, and Maria Rabkova.
05.12.2020 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urges government of Belarus to end ongoing human rights violations
The human rights situation in Belarus continues to deteriorate, particularly with respect to peaceful assembly, the UN rights chief said on Friday, urging the government to put an end to ongoing violations and “take steps towards a genuine, respectful and inclusive national dialogue”.
20.11.2020 UN experts call for probe into violence against protesters
UN human rights experts said they were gravely concerned by increased reports of mass detentions, intimidation and torture, and called on authorities to conduct a prompt, independent and impartial investigation into the excessive use of force and unlawful retaliation at peaceful protests.