News on the topic: human rights defenders

Viasna protests ongoing repression of its activists

05.03.2021 Viasna protests ongoing repression of its activists

Statement by the Board of the Human Rights Center "Viasna"

Viasna human rights activist Dzmitry Salauyou detained again, named suspect in criminal case

02.03.2021 Viasna human rights activist Dzmitry Salauyou detained again, named suspect in criminal case

In the evening of March 1, human rights activist and member of the Board of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Dzmitry Salauyou was detained in Minsk. The day before Salauyou was released after serving 12 days of administrative detention.

Viasna targeted in fake email attack

22.02.2021 Viasna targeted in fake email attack

Last Friday, February 19, eighty-five electronic mailboxes belonging to EU MPs and ambassadors to Belarus received a letter allegedly authored by the Human Rights Center “Viasna”.

Viasna calls to release its activist Dzmitry Salauyou and end repression of human rights defenders

19.02.2021 Viasna calls to release its activist Dzmitry Salauyou and end repression of human rights defenders

Statement by the Board of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny walks free after 6 ½ years in prison

19.02.2021 Political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny walks free after 6 ½ years in prison

Mikhail Zhamchuzhny, a 65-year-old political prisoner and human rights activist, was released this morning from penal colony No. 9 in the city of Horki, Mahilioŭ region, RFE/RL’s Belarus service said.

Viasna human rights defender Dzmitry Salauyou sentenced to 12 days in prison

18.02.2021 Viasna human rights defender Dzmitry Salauyou sentenced to 12 days in prison

Dzmitry Salauyou, human rights defender and member of the Board of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, was sentenced today to 12 days of administrative detention, after Judge Anzhalika Kazlova of the Minsk District Court found him guilty of “illegal picketing” (Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code).

Statement on the unprecedented attack on Belarusian human rights defenders

17.02.2021 Statement on the unprecedented attack on Belarusian human rights defenders

Assistance to victims of reprisals is increasingly becoming a reason for criminal proceedings against Belarusians defending human rights.

New reprisals against civil society activists underpin vicious crackdown on human rights

17.02.2021 New reprisals against civil society activists underpin vicious crackdown on human rights

The Belarusian authorities have now set their sights on human rights defenders and journalists whose only crime has been to document the wave of gross human rights violations committed by security forces following last August’s contested presidential election.

Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders strongly condemns escalating crackdown on Belarusian activists

16.02.2021 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders strongly condemns escalating crackdown on Belarusian activists

The Observatory strongly condemns the ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders and journalists and urges the authorities in Belarus to immediately put an end to the persecution and harassment, including at the judicial level, of the above-mentioned human rights defenders and journalists.

BAJ, Viasna under attack

16.02.2021 BAJ, Viasna under attack

At least 25 human rights defenders, mostly working with the Belarusian Association of Journalists and the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, have been either detained or targeted in police raids this morning. Several offices were searched, both in Minsk and across Belarus, including Viasna’s office in Minsk.

Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders condemns new charges against Viasna coordinator Marfa Rabkova

15.02.2021 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders condemns new charges against Viasna coordinator Marfa Rabkova

The Observatory has been informed about the new criminal charges against Maria (a.k.a Marfa) Rabkova, Coordinator of volunteer services at the Human Rights Center “Viasna”.

Hands off Marfa, hands off Viasna, hands off human rights defenders!

12.02.2021 Hands off Marfa, hands off Viasna, hands off human rights defenders!

Statement by the Board of the Human Rights Center "Viasna"

Viasna’s Marfa Rabkova faces new charges

12.02.2021 Viasna’s Marfa Rabkova faces new charges

On February 11, Marfa Rabkova, coordinator of Viasna’s volunteer network, faced new criminal charges of “inciting social hostility to the government by a group of unidentified individuals” (Part 3 of Art. 130) and “involvement in a criminal organization” (Part 2 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code).

Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders condemns arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Leanid Sudalenka and Tatsiana Lasitsa

09.02.2021 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders condemns arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Leanid Sudalenka and Tatsiana Lasitsa

The Observatory urges the Belarusian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Leanid Sudalenka, Tatsiana Lasitsa, Maria Rabkova and all other human rights defenders arbitrarily detained, and to end all acts of harassment against them.

Stop prosecution of human rights defenders!

06.02.2021 Stop prosecution of human rights defenders!

Statement of the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum on the persecution of Siarhei Drazdouski and Aleh Hrableuski

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