News on the topic: freedom of expression

Amnesty International: Bloggers and activists arrested in purge ahead of the presidential election must be released

28.06.2020 Amnesty International: Bloggers and activists arrested in purge ahead of the presidential election must be released

The Belarusian authorities are carrying out a full-scale purge of dissenting voices, using repressive laws to stifle criticism ahead of the elections, where President Alyaksandr Lukashenka is running for the sixth consecutive term. Opposition candidates, supporters, and independent media have faced arbitrary arrest, hefty fines, and incarceration. Now those active on social media are being targeted.

Four critical bloggers charged in Tsikhanouski case

26.06.2020 Four critical bloggers charged in Tsikhanouski case

Four bloggers known for their criticism of the current government have been charged under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (group actions that grossly disturb public order) and are facing up to three years in prison

Violence, threats, detentions. Human rights activists complain to UN special rapporteurs

18.06.2020 Violence, threats, detentions. Human rights activists complain to UN special rapporteurs

The Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" have written to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and a number of UN thematic rapporteurs asking them to take all appropriate measures to assist in improving the current human rights situation in Belarus and also in securing fair and democratic elections.

Belarus must stop crackdown to silence opposing views – UN experts

05.06.2020 Belarus must stop crackdown to silence opposing views – UN experts

A group of UN experts today expressed serious concern about an intensified crackdown on civil society in Belarus, saying the country’s government must protect the right to freedom of expression and stop silencing critical voices.

Critical blogger cleared of embezzlement charges

09.07.2019 Critical blogger cleared of embezzlement charges

The Investigative Committee’s office in the city of Biaroza, Brest region, has closed the criminal case against blogger Aliaksandr Kabanau, known for his role in covering the environmental protests in Brest. He was suspected of misappropriation of more than 400 rubles (USD 200) under Art. 211, Part 1 of the Criminal Code.

Resolution of international conference "Human Rights and Combating Extremism"

05.06.2019 Resolution of international conference "Human Rights and Combating Extremism"

Belarusian participants of the international conference "Human rights and Combating Extremism" adopted a common resolution.

Minsk hosts conference on human rights and combating extremism

04.06.2019 Minsk hosts conference on human rights and combating extremism

On June 4, Minsk human rights space Rights Territory hosts an international conference "Human Rights and Combating Extremism." The event features local and international human rights experts.

OSCE Representative denounces search of Belsat

11.04.2019 OSCE Representative denounces search of Belsat

VIENNA, 10 April 2019 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, denounced the search conducted on 9 April in the editorial office of the Belsat TV channel in Minsk, Belarus. He called on the authorities to exercise restraint in bringing libel charges against media and journalists, and reiterated his call on the authorities to decriminalize defamation.

Immediately stop prosecution of blogger Siarhei Piatrukhin

02.04.2019 Immediately stop prosecution of blogger Siarhei Piatrukhin

Joint statement by human rights and other civil society organizations

Human rights defenders alarmed by unprecedented attack on critical bloggers

21.03.2019 Human rights defenders alarmed by unprecedented attack on critical bloggers

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” is concerned about the situation of blogger Andrei Pavuk, who was arrested on March 20.

Harlem Désir: We are concerned about fight against extremism

19.03.2019 Harlem Désir: We are concerned about fight against extremism

Mr. Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, has met with members of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and representatives of independent media as part of his working visit to Minsk, BAJ press service said.

ARTICLE 19: New decree severely limits right to anonymity online

08.01.2019 ARTICLE 19: New decree severely limits right to anonymity online

ARTICLE 19 is concerned by the Belarusian government’s newly adopted decree, which severely limits Internet users’ right to anonymity online. Since 1 December 2018 Internet users in Belarus must prove their identity before they can make online posts.

Viasna alerts UN Special Rapporteurs over persecution for solidarity with REP leaders

06.09.2018 Viasna alerts UN Special Rapporteurs over persecution for solidarity with REP leaders

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" has written to Mr. David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Mr. Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, United Nations Special Rapporteur on rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, to highlight the sentencing of 11 opposition activists, who staged a protest outside the House of Justice in Minsk on August 24 to demonstrate solidarity with the convicted leaders of the independent trade union REP Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik.

Amnesty International condemns low point for freedom of expression in Belarus

03.09.2018 Amnesty International condemns low point for freedom of expression in Belarus

The right to freedom of expression in Belarus has been dealt a series of severe blows in recent weeks, as the authorities’ crusade against journalists and independent media outlets continues. The latest moves by the Belarusian authorities demonstrate their resolve to eliminate all critical voices in the country and deprive people in Belarus of the opportunity to freely access, share and disseminate information and ideas.

Viasna asks UN Special Rapporteur to intercede for LGBT activist Vika Biran

06.08.2018 Viasna asks UN Special Rapporteur to intercede for LGBT activist Vika Biran

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" has written to Mr. David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, asking him to intervene in the case of LGBTQ+ activist Vika Biran, who was convicted for publicly expressing her civil position towards a homophobic article posted on the official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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