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Observatory condemns harassment of Viasna activist Ales Burakou

16.11.2018 Observatory condemns harassment of Viasna activist Ales Burakou

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Observatory calls to quash convictions of Masliukova and Zmitrovich

15.10.2018 Observatory calls to quash convictions of Masliukova and Zmitrovich

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Treatment of death row prisoners in Belarus

10.10.2018 Treatment of death row prisoners in Belarus

While on death row, convicts face a number of violations of their rights. During their one monthly visit with a family member (a right accorded under Article 174 of the Criminal Law Enforcement Code), they are forbidden from referring to detention conditions.

Observatory: Drop charges against Svietlahorsk activists

01.10.2018 Observatory: Drop charges against Svietlahorsk activists

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment of Ms. Alena Masliukova, member of Human Rights Centre “Viasna” in Svetlogorsk and Mr. Anatoly Zmitrovich, an environmental activist.

HDIM 2018: What representatives of Belarusian NGOs told in Warsaw?

12.09.2018 HDIM 2018: What representatives of Belarusian NGOs told in Warsaw?

On September 12, Warsaw hosted a side event on the current situation of civil and political rights in Belarus. The event entitled “The current situation of civil and political rights in Belarus: first-hand information from inside" was held in the framework of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM 2018).

First-hand Information From Inside Belarus: Invitation to a Side-event on 12 September, Warsaw

11.09.2018 First-hand Information From Inside Belarus: Invitation to a Side-event on 12 September, Warsaw

On 12 September 2018, FIDH shall take part in a side-event that it organises together with Belarusian civil society organisations in the framework of the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM). Speakers will raise issues of the latest attacks on independent media and independent trade unions, developments around the application of death penalty and legislation placing lawyers under the control of the executive.

Case Belarus v. Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik. Trial observation report

05.09.2018 Case Belarus v. Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik. Trial observation report

“Conviction of leaders of independent trade union REP Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik on tax evasion charges is politically motivated and trial proceedings were marred by procedural irregularities”, concludes the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) in a report published on August 30. “The convictions should be overturned on appeal”.

Viasna joins 127 rights groups to call for immediate release of Nabeel Rajab

29.08.2018 Viasna joins 127 rights groups to call for immediate release of Nabeel Rajab

Paris-Geneva-Manama – For the second time since 2013, the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has issued an Opinion regarding the legality of the detention of Mr. Nabeel Rajab under international human rights law. In its second opinion, the WGAD held that the detention was not only arbitrary but also discriminatory. The 127 signatory human rights groups welcome this landmark opinion, made public on 13 August 2018, recognising the role played by human rights defenders in society and the need to protect them. We call upon the Bahraini Government to immediately release Nabeel Rajab in accordance with this latest request.

Belarus: Trade Union leaders found guilty of tax evasion after a sham trial

27.08.2018 Belarus: Trade Union leaders found guilty of tax evasion after a sham trial

Press release by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

Belarus: trial observation reports breaches of international law in the trial of two trade union leaders

03.08.2018 Belarus: trial observation reports breaches of international law in the trial of two trade union leaders

Paris-Geneva, August 3, 2018 – On July 30, 2018, the trial of two trade union leaders, Mr. Henadz Fiadynich and Mr. Ihar Komlik, opened before the Saviecki District Court of Minsk. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT), which sent a judicial observation mission to Belarus earlier this week, reports a number of violations of fair trial standards, and reiterates its call to the authorities to put an end to all forms of harassment against human rights defenders in the country.

“We need a reform of the legal profession”. Human rights activists present joint report on lawyers in Belarus

29.06.2018 “We need a reform of the legal profession”. Human rights activists present joint report on lawyers in Belarus

On June 29, a coalition of human rights organizations presented a report about ongoing restrictions on the independence of lawyers in Belarus, which was prepared following a mission in January 2018.

HRHF, FIDH, HRW urge UN Human Rights Council to renew mandate of Special Rapporteur on Belarus

21.06.2018 HRHF, FIDH, HRW urge UN Human Rights Council to renew mandate of Special Rapporteur on Belarus

Delegations at the UN Human Rights Council should support the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Belarus, Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) said in a joint letter.

Belarus: Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of seven observers of Viasna and BHC, and obstacles to the right to peaceful assembly

28.03.2018 Belarus: Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of seven observers of Viasna and BHC, and obstacles to the right to peaceful assembly

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

The price for speaking out: Nabeel Rajab sentenced to 5 years for tweeting in Bahrain

22.02.2018 The price for speaking out: Nabeel Rajab sentenced to 5 years for tweeting in Bahrain

Beirut-Geneva-Paris, February 21, 2018 - Today in Bahrain, prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, BCHR President and FIDH Deputy Secretary General, was sentenced to 5 years in prison under trumped-up charges in relation to tweets denouncing the torture against detainees at Jaw prison and exposing the killing of civilians in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition.

Death Penalty in Belarus: Secret Executions in the Middle of Europe

09.10.2017 Death Penalty in Belarus: Secret Executions in the Middle of Europe

Minsk-Paris, 6 October 2017. Ahead of the International Day against the Death Penalty on the 10th of October, our organisations recall that executions continue to take place in the middle of Europe. Detained in conditions amounting to torture, in constant psychological anguish caused by the uncertainty of the timing of their execution, prisoners in Belarus are being killed in secrecy.

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