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#FreeViasna: Thousands speak out in support of imprisoned human rights defenders

18.09.2021 #FreeViasna: Thousands speak out in support of imprisoned human rights defenders

Numerous events were held yesterday in a dozen European countries to mark the launch of #FreeViasna, the international campaign of solidarity with imprisoned human rights activists of Viasna.

You truly embed the meaning of “Right Livelihood”

17.09.2021 You truly embed the meaning of “Right Livelihood”

Right Livelihood Laureates speak in support of imprisoned Viasna members

Belarus: International human rights groups demand release of Viasna members on first anniversary of crackdown

17.09.2021 Belarus: International human rights groups demand release of Viasna members on first anniversary of crackdown

23 international and Belarusian human rights organizations are launching a campaign to demand the release of seven detained Viasna members.

Join #FreeViasna campaign and support imprisoned human rights defenders!

13.09.2021 Join #FreeViasna campaign and support imprisoned human rights defenders!

#FreeViasna, the international campaign of solidarity in support of imprisoned human rights defenders of Viasna, will be launched on September 17.

Observatory deplores closure of Viasna trial in Homieĺ

09.09.2021 Observatory deplores closure of Viasna trial in Homieĺ

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), deplores the decision of the court to hold the trial of Viasna activists Leanid Sudalenka, Tatsiana Lasitsa and Maria Tarasenka in a closed session as this modality does not ensure that their right to a fair trial will be respected throughout all the proceedings.

Human rights defenders to launch international campaign #FreeViasna

07.09.2021 Human rights defenders to launch international campaign #FreeViasna

Several key Belarusian and international human rights organizations announced plans to launch an international campaign of solidarity entitled #FreeViasna, following a coordination meeting held in Vilnius on September 6-7.

Judge orders closed hearings on first day of Viasna trial in Homieĺ

03.09.2021 Judge orders closed hearings on first day of Viasna trial in Homieĺ

The trial of Leanid Sudalenka, Tatsiana Lasitsa and Maryia Tarasenka, Viasna activists in Homieĺ, will be held behind closed doors, the judge ruled soon after the first court session started this morning at the Centraĺny District Court.

Observatory urges Belarus to release Viasna members ahead of trial in Homieĺ

26.08.2021 Observatory urges Belarus to release Viasna members ahead of trial in Homieĺ

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.

Trial of Viasna’s Homieĺ members set for September 3

23.08.2021 Trial of Viasna’s Homieĺ members set for September 3

Human rights defender of Viasna Leanid Sudalenka and volunteer Tatsiana Lasitsa have been detained for seven months.

Viasna’s Andrei Paluda leaves Belarus, describes detention conditions as inhuman

06.08.2021 Viasna’s Andrei Paluda leaves Belarus, describes detention conditions as inhuman

Andrei Paluda, human rights defender of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" and coordinator of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus”, has left Belarus after detention and imminent criminal charges.

Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities leaders released until trial

31.07.2021 Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities leaders released until trial

Siarhei Drazdouski and Aleh Hrableuski, respectively director and legal advisor of the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, have been released to await their trial under travel restrictions.

Purge of human rights organizations and other civic groups forces them to go underground or in exile

29.07.2021 Purge of human rights organizations and other civic groups forces them to go underground or in exile

In July 2021, the Belarusian authorities liquidated or started the liquidation process of more than 80 civic organisations.

Global letter in solidarity with the Belarusian civil society

26.07.2021 Global letter in solidarity with the Belarusian civil society

161 human rights organisations demand an end to the repression against the Human Rights Center Viasna and all other human rights defenders in Belarus.

Viasna leaders remain in detention

26.07.2021 Viasna leaders remain in detention

Ales Bialiatski, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, Valiantsin Stefanovich, deputy chairman, and Uladzimir Labkovich remain in pre-trial detention in Minsk, nearly two weeks after they were detained together with eight other members of Viasna.

Help release Viasna human rights defenders!

22.07.2021 Help release Viasna human rights defenders!

Ales Bialiatski, Chairman of the Human Rights Centre Viasna, Viasna’s lawyer Uladzimir Labkovich and his partner Nina Labkovich, as well as the Vice Chairman of Viasna, Valiantsin Stefanovich were transferred to pretrial detention on 17 July.

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