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Belarus denies allegations of arbitrary detention of woman human rights defenders

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.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urges government of Belarus to end ongoing human rights violations

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”.

UN experts call for probe into violence against protesters

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.

Violations continuing against Belarus protesters, UN human rights office warns

14.11.2020 Violations continuing against Belarus protesters, UN human rights office warns

More than three months on from the disputed presidential election in Belarus, the Belarusian Government continues to “wield the machinery of the State to commit human rights violations”, the Spokesperson for the UN human rights office warned on Friday.

UN experts decry threats against women human rights defenders in Belarus

03.11.2020 UN experts decry threats against women human rights defenders in Belarus

Independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council criticised Belarus for persecuting women human rights defenders in the context of the mass protests taking place in the country since August.

Belarus’ human rights record to be examined by Universal Periodic Review

31.10.2020 Belarus’ human rights record to be examined by Universal Periodic Review

Belarus’ human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Monday, 2 November 2020 in a meeting that will be webcast live in English and Russian.

Establishing independent judicial system should top the agenda for future reforms, says UN expert

27.10.2020 Establishing independent judicial system should top the agenda for future reforms, says UN expert

The UN's human rights expert on Belarus called on the Government to promptly stop repressing its own people and establish an independent judicial system as a way to overcome the current political crisis in the country.

HRDs voice priority recommendations to Belarusian authorities within UPR procedure

14.10.2020 HRDs voice priority recommendations to Belarusian authorities within UPR procedure

On October 12, an online pre-session was held for UN Human Rights Council delegations as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) procedure. The session featured submissions from a number of Belarusian non-governmental human rights organizations.

UN human rights experts: Belarus must release opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava

25.09.2020 UN human rights experts: Belarus must release opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava

UN human rights experts today called on Belarus to release prominent opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava, and to bring to justice those responsible for her enforced disappearance.

Human Rights Council adopts resolution on situation of human rights in Belarus

19.09.2020 Human Rights Council adopts resolution on situation of human rights in Belarus

UN HRC Calls Upon the Belarusian Authorities to Enter into a Dialogue with the Political Opposition

Human Rights Council holds urgent debate on the situation of human rights in Belarus

18.09.2020 Human Rights Council holds urgent debate on the situation of human rights in Belarus

The Human Rights Council this morning held an urgent debate on the situation of human rights in Belarus.

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.

Human rights activists insist mass torture in Belarus is crime against humanity

16.09.2020 Human rights activists insist mass torture in Belarus is crime against humanity

On September 16, FIDH Vice President and Deputy Chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Valiantsin Stefanovic took part in an online press conference entitled “Belarus: Torture as a Targeted State Policy” and organized by the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) and the Human Rights Center "Viasna". During the conference, several victims of torture were able to tell their stories.

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.

UN Rights Council To Host Urgent Debate On Belarus Violence

14.09.2020 UN Rights Council To Host Urgent Debate On Belarus Violence

The UN Human Rights Council agreed Monday to host an urgent debate about the deteriorating rights situation in Belarus since protests erupted over Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election as president last month.

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