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Statement by the Spokesperson on the developments in the run up to and during Freedom Day in Belarus

27.03.2018 Statement by the Spokesperson on the developments in the run up to and during Freedom Day in Belarus

Belarus marked Freedom Day on 25 March to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Belarus's independence. While the authorisation of the celebratory event was appreciated, a requested rally was not allowed and the response of the Belarusian authorities was disproportionate.

MEPs ‘alarmed’ by lack of ‘tangible progress’ in Belarus’ human rights record

22.03.2018 MEPs ‘alarmed’ by lack of ‘tangible progress’ in Belarus’ human rights record

“The situation with regard to basic human rights and democracy in Belarus is far from showing signs of any tangible progress and change,” a group of MEPs said in a letter to Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

EU statement on the execution of Kiryl Kazachok

09.03.2018 EU statement on the execution of Kiryl Kazachok

In light of the execution in Belarus of Kiryl Kazachok, which took place in October 2017 but was brought to the public's attention only now, the European Union again reaffirms its strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances.

EU Urges Belarus To Undertake 'Serious' Electoral Reform

21.02.2018 EU Urges Belarus To Undertake 'Serious' Electoral Reform

The European Union has called on Belarus to immediately work on a "serious and comprehensive" reform of the election law and processes following local elections in the country.

Local EU Statement on a Death Sentence in Belarus

09.02.2018 Local EU Statement on a Death Sentence in Belarus

The Delegation of the European Union to Belarus issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Belarus.

EU statement on two upheld death sentences in Belarus

29.12.2017 EU statement on two upheld death sentences in Belarus

Statement by the Spokesperson on two upheld death sentences in Belarus

Eastern Partnership Summit: Azerbaijan and Belarus leaders should be pushed towards democratization

14.11.2017 Eastern Partnership Summit: Azerbaijan and Belarus leaders should be pushed towards democratization

Dozens of leading international and national human rights organizations, including two Belarusian groups, have called on EU leaders to raise the issue of human rights violations in Azerbaijan during the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, which will be held on November 24 in Brussels.

Belarus in EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2016

17.10.2017 Belarus in EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2016

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

EU and CoE call for moratorium on executions in Belarus on World Day against Death Penalty

10.10.2017 EU and CoE call for moratorium on executions in Belarus on World Day against Death Penalty

On the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the Council of Europe and the European Union reaffirm their strong and unequivocal opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and for all cases. The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity. It constitutes inhuman and degrading treatment, does not have any proven deterrent effect and allows judicial errors to become irreversible and fatal.

EU Criticizes Belarusian Death Sentences

24.07.2017 EU Criticizes Belarusian Death Sentences

The European Union on July 21 criticized the two latest death sentences handed down in Belarus, saying that they "violate the right to life."

MEPs visit Belarus to hear conditions for addressing systemic human rights crisis

20.07.2017 MEPs visit Belarus to hear conditions for addressing systemic human rights crisis

On July 19, a delegation of the European Parliament met in Minsk with representatives of the Belarusian civil society organizations, who provided their assessment of the current situation in the country and spoke about the obstacles and constraints they face in their work.

Position of Belarusian Human Rights Organizations as Regards Overall Human Rights Situation in Belarus

29.06.2017 Position of Belarusian Human Rights Organizations as Regards Overall Human Rights Situation in Belarus

We, representatives of the Belarusian human rights community, hereby express our joint position as regards the human rights situation in Belarus before the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the next round of the EU-Belarus Dialogue on Human Rights.

EU 'reaffirms its strong opposition to capital punishment' after new execution in Belarus

10.05.2017 EU 'reaffirms its strong opposition to capital punishment' after new execution in Belarus

Another execution has taken place in Belarus: that of Siarhei Vostrykau. The European Union again reaffirms its strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances.

14 Belarusian judges earlier on EU sanctions list involved in new judicial harassment

19.04.2017 14 Belarusian judges earlier on EU sanctions list involved in new judicial harassment

Fourteen Belarusian judges previously blacklisted by the EU for their role in the political persecution following the 2010 presidential election have been involved in more cases of judicial harassment against critics of the regime.

Human Rights Defenders Present Key Recommendations in Brussels Concerning  Belarus

13.04.2017 Human Rights Defenders Present Key Recommendations in Brussels Concerning Belarus

During a working visit to Brussels, Belarusian and international human rights defenders held meetings in EU structures, discussing the events of recent few months and calling on EU member states to take decisive measures regarding the Belarusian state in order to reach progress in the sphere of human rights in the country.

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