News on the topic: discrimination

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.

LGBT people subject to illegal police profiling

24.07.2018 LGBT people subject to illegal police profiling

Last Friday night, July 21, police broke into an LGBT club in Minsk, Burlesque. Earlier, the place was raided on June 29. In both incidents, the guests were not arrested. But the visitors’ IDs were checked and the police asked them about their current employers.

Picks of the Week

13.07.2018 Picks of the Week

Prison authorities still block mail from political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny; Russian police arrest Belarusian anarchist on dubious grounds; 181 professions are banned for women in Belarus

Picks of the Week

08.06.2018 Picks of the Week

Journalists still under attack; Interior Ministry involved in homophobic row; cannabis-legalization campaigner spends 3 days in jail for fake protest

UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination publishes findings on Belarus

11.12.2017 UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination publishes findings on Belarus

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session from 20 November to 8 December. These include Belarus, which last reported to the Committee in 2013.

UN experts set uncomfortable questions in Belarus anti-discrimination report

04.12.2017 UN experts set uncomfortable questions in Belarus anti-discrimination report

The lack of anti-discrimination legislation, the absence of an ombudsman, the problem with the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession, the presence of the President's decree on social dependency, lack of cooperation between the government and the civil society — these and other concerns, which characterize the overall situation of human rights in the country, were raised before the official delegation of Belarus during the consideration of the country’s report in the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

UN CERD to hear alternative reports on Belarus

29.11.2017 UN CERD to hear alternative reports on Belarus

On November 30, the 94th session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is expected to consider the report of the Belarusian government on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Belarusian human rights defenders will present alternative reports to the Committee.

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.

#StopLGBTpersecution in Chechnya and Donbas

17.05.2017 #StopLGBTpersecution in Chechnya and Donbas

The human rights organizations Anti-Discrimination Center Memorial and the Center for Civil Liberties, FIDH call upon anyone who values human rights and cannot tolerate discriminatory violence to join the campaign #StopLGBTpersecution in CHECHNYA and DONBAS by sending photos, video addresses, and pictures in defense of the rights of people who are suffering now.

CEDAW urges Armenia and Belarus to implement UN recommendations on women’s rights

24.11.2016 CEDAW urges Armenia and Belarus to implement UN recommendations on women’s rights

Comments on the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women findings on Armenia and Belarus

Women's rights in Belarus on UN agenda

27.10.2016 Women's rights in Belarus on UN agenda

The UN office in Geneva has hosted several meetings of representatives of the Belarusian civil society with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), an event that is expected to be followed by the Committee's consideration of the official report of Belarus, scheduled for October 28.

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.

Ales Bialiatski: government opposes any human rights activity

29.06.2016 Ales Bialiatski: government opposes any human rights activity

The government of Belarus continues to ignore human rights issues, Ales Bialiatski said in his comment on a recent decision by the Mahilioŭ authorities to deny registration to a local Center For Gender Studies Ruža.

Activists demonstrate in central Minsk on World Day Against Homophobia

17.05.2016 Activists demonstrate in central Minsk on World Day Against Homophobia

Several rights activists picketed today in central Minsk to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: Belarusian society still far from understanding tolerance

18.03.2016 Valiantsin Stefanovich: Belarusian society still far from understanding tolerance

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" has joined the European Action Week Against Racism, a series of events taking place from 12 to 21 March to highlight the problems faced by vulnerable social groups.

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