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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.

European Parliament condemns “crackdown on peaceful protesters” in Belarus

06.04.2017 European Parliament condemns “crackdown on peaceful protesters” in Belarus

The European Parliament condemns the “crackdown on peaceful protesters” in mass demonstrations by thousands of citizens across Belarus, in particular on Freedom Day (25 March), when security forces violently attacked and beat protesters and arrested hundreds of people, including domestic and foreign journalists reporting on the events. The protests were directed against the adoption of a Presidential Decree introducing a so-called “social-parasite tax”, designed to penalise unemployment with fees and forced labour.

Authorities’ actions contradict their words, EU delegation says

05.04.2017 Authorities’ actions contradict their words, EU delegation says

The Belarusian authorities’ recent actions contradict the country’s stated policy of democratization and international commitments, the European Union’s delegation to the third round of the EU-Belarus Coordination Group said in a statement on April 4.

EU Statement on a death sentence in Belarus

28.03.2017 EU Statement on a death sentence in Belarus

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

Use of force against peaceful protesters cannot be justified, EU said

25.03.2017 Use of force against peaceful protesters cannot be justified, EU said

Statement by the Spokesperson on the events in the run up to and during today's Freedom Day in Belarus

EU calls to release detained protesters in Belarus

18.03.2017 EU calls to release detained protesters in Belarus

"The latest developments in Belarus highlight a clear need for a broader democratisation process in the country. Freedom of association and of assembly needs to be ensured. Recently detained peaceful protesters, including journalists covering the events, must be immediately released," Spokesperson of the European Union External Action Service said in a statement.

Libereco: no improvement in human rights situation one year after sanctions were lifted

20.02.2017 Libereco: no improvement in human rights situation one year after sanctions were lifted

One year ago, on 15 February 2016, the EU Foreign Affairs Council decided to lift most of the sanctions against Belarus. This decision was preceded by a reduction in visible repression in Belarus since the summer of 2015, through the release of political prisoners and relatively peaceful presidential elections.

Civil Rights Defenders: EU Sanctions Lifted at the Expense of Civil and Political Rights in Belarus

15.02.2017 Civil Rights Defenders: EU Sanctions Lifted at the Expense of Civil and Political Rights in Belarus

One year ago, the EU lifted sanctions against Belarus. The sanctions were imposed in response to human rights violations perpetrated by the Belarusian regime, but were lifted without any improvements to the human rights situation. On the one year anniversary, Civil Rights Defenders releases a report entitled: Dictatorship No More? EU Sanctions Lifted at the Expense of Civil and Political Rights in Belarus.

Human rights defenders: It is vital that Belarus remains on EU agenda

08.02.2017 Human rights defenders: It is vital that Belarus remains on EU agenda

On February 7, a number of locations in Brussels hosted meetings of EU officials with the human rights defenders of Viasna, representatives of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus, as well as and the mother of Uladzislau Kavaliou, who was executed in 2012. The key issue for the discussion was the death penalty in Belarus.

Issue of the death penalty in Belarus to be discussed in Brussels and Strasbourg

03.02.2017 Issue of the death penalty in Belarus to be discussed in Brussels and Strasbourg

Representatives of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" and FIDH are going to discuss the issue of the death penalty in Belarus during a visit to the EU structures and the Council of Europe scheduled for the next week.

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