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Report on violations of Roma rights in Belarus sent to UN

06.11.2017 Report on violations of Roma rights in Belarus sent to UN

Human rights activists have submitted to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination an alternative report on the implementation by the Republic of Belarus of the corresponding UN Convention. The report's authors concluded that the Roma in Belarus are subject to discrimination, particularly in employment, resulting in exclusion, extreme poverty, criminalization of the country’s Roma population.

Andrei Paluda: “2 of 16 death convicts in Belarus are Roma”

29.09.2016 Andrei Paluda: “2 of 16 death convicts in Belarus are Roma”

Andrei Paluda, coordinator of the campaign Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus, took part in the working session “Tolerance and non-discrimination, including Roma and Sinti issues, including implementation of the OSCE Action Plan on Improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti” held yesterday in Warsaw as part of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting.

Prosecutor General's Office answers Tatsiana Reviaka concerning "normalization" of Jews by Lukashenka

15.05.2015 Prosecutor General's Office answers Tatsiana Reviaka concerning "normalization" of Jews by Lukashenka

Officials of the prosecution believe that the arguments of Tatsiana Reviaka are "disputable". The activist will seek an answer on the merits.

30.04.2015 Activists ask Prosecutor General's Office to give legal assessment of Lukashenka's remarks

Human rights defender Tatsiana Raviaka sent an electronic appeal to the Prosecutor General's Office of Belarus, asking to assess Lukashenka's order to “take all Jews under control”.

Police again scare residents of Homel region with Romany

02.04.2015 Police again scare residents of Homel region with Romany

Human rights defenders Maryia Klimovich and Ales Yauseyenka have repeatedly raised the problem of discrimination against Roma in the media, where they are often referred to as potential criminals and citizens are warned against contacts with them.

Anzhalika Borys subjected to prophylactic supervision

12.03.2015 Anzhalika Borys subjected to prophylactic supervision

She is suspected of acting on behalf of an unregistered organization.She was informed by it by an investigator of the Financial Investigations Department of the Committee of State Control in the Hrodna region.

Human rights defenders receive more reports on ongoing harassment of Roma

26.02.2015 Human rights defenders receive more reports on ongoing harassment of Roma

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" has received a complaint from a group of citizens representing the Roma diaspora in Minsk. According to them, they are facing unreasonable and arbitrary detentions by the law enforcement bodies.

Ministry of Information says it has no powers to interfere in professional activities of the media

08.01.2015 Ministry of Information says it has no powers to interfere in professional activities of the media

Homel human rights activists Maryia Klimovich and Ales Yauseyenka have received a response to their appeal to the Information Ministry. The applicants asked the Ministry to inform the editors of state owned media in any way possible about the inadmissibility of indicating the nationality of perpetrators of crimes and consciously shaping the image of a "criminal nation".

Activists of Union of Poles summoned for questioning

16.11.2014 Activists of Union of Poles summoned for questioning

The State Control Committee summons activists of the Union of Poles of Belarus for questioning to receive information about the organisation's financial sources.

Homel ideology officials advise local newspaper to refrain from anti-Roma discrimination

31.08.2014 Homel ideology officials advise local newspaper to refrain from anti-Roma discrimination

Homel human rights defenders Ales Yauseyenka and Maryia Klimovich have received a response to their petition to the Main Directorate of Ideological Work, Culture and Youth Affairs of the Homel Regional Executive Committee.

Police justify discrimination against Roma in media by crime prevention

21.08.2014 Police justify discrimination against Roma in media by crime prevention

On August 20, Homel human rights defenders Ales Yauseyenka and Maryia Klimovich received a reply to their complaint submitted to the police department of the Homel regional executive committee about the discrimination of Roma in the media.

Homel human rights activists apply to regional executive committee and police department concerning anti-Roma publications in press

13.08.2014 Homel human rights activists apply to regional executive committee and police department concerning anti-Roma publications in press

Homel human rights defenders Maryia Klimovich and Ales Yauseyenka applied to the main department of ideological work of Homel Regional Executive Committee and Homel Regional Police Department in connection with the anti-Roma publications in the newspaper of the Kastrychnitski District Police Department of Homel “Chyrvony Kastrychnik”.

Police in Aktsiabrski ask people to be alert to Roma

28.07.2014 Police in Aktsiabrski ask people to be alert to Roma

The newspaper “Chyrvony Kastrychnik” in Aktsiabrski district, Homel region, has published an article where local police urge citizens to be vigilant against the Romani people, warning them that they often target elderly people as victims of their crimes.

Homel human rights defenders make a gift to school on International Romani Day

09.04.2014 Homel human rights defenders make a gift to school on International Romani Day

On the International Romani Day, April 8, Maryia Klimovich and Ales Yauseyenka sent a gift to Prybory secondary school where many Romani children learn.

Homel human rights activist fighting to save Roma family

27.02.2014 Homel human rights activist fighting to save Roma family

Maryia Klimovich (Bahdanovich), an activist of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, received a response from the Department of Education, Sports and Tourism of the Homel Regional Executive Committee. The activist urged the head of the department, Iryna Bahdanets, to assist in reviewing the decision to terminate the parental rights of Liubou Makarava, a representative of the local Roma community.

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