News on the topic: human rights defenders

Polish MPs urge Belarus to halt repression and start dialogue with civil society

23.03.2017 Polish MPs urge Belarus to halt repression and start dialogue with civil society

On March 23, the Sejm of the Republic of Poland hosted parliamentary hearings with representatives of political parties and civil society of Belarus. Participants included, in particular, chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Andrei Bastunets and Chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski.

48 organizations from 24 countries "strongly condemn the continuing wave of detentions and harassment" in Belarus

23.03.2017 48 organizations from 24 countries "strongly condemn the continuing wave of detentions and harassment" in Belarus

We, 48 undersigned organizations from 24 countries, strongly condemn the continuing wave of detentions and harassment of peaceful protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, anarchists and opposition party members in Belarus.

Human rights defender Anatol Paplauny sentenced to 10 days in jail

17.03.2017 Human rights defender Anatol Paplauny sentenced to 10 days in jail

Anatol Paplauny, Viasna's representative in Homieĺ, has been sentenced today to 10 days of administrative arrest on charges of involvement in a protest on February 19.

Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders: Stop harassment of Leanid Sudalenka and Anatol Paplauny

16.03.2017 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders: Stop harassment of Leanid Sudalenka and Anatol Paplauny

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders requests intervention ahead of tomorrow's trial of Viasna's human rights defenders Leanid Sudalenka and Anatol Paplauny in Homieĺ.

Libereco: Release all detained protesters in Belarus!

16.03.2017 Libereco: Release all detained protesters in Belarus!

Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights, the Zürich-Cologne based human rights group, has launched an email campaign to urge the Belarusian authorities to "stop the persecution, harassment and intimidation of dissidents".

International human rights groups: Belarus protests in focus

14.03.2017 International human rights groups: Belarus protests in focus

The arrest of dozens of protesters and journalists over the weekend is the “biggest crackdown in years”, Amnesty International said in response to the alarming reports coming from Belarus.

Kyrgyz Court Reinstates Life Sentence Against Rights Activist

24.01.2017 Kyrgyz Court Reinstates Life Sentence Against Rights Activist

A Kyrgyz court has reinstated a sentence of life imprisonment for ethnic Uzbek rights defender Azimjan Askarov, sparking fresh international criticism of a case the jailed activist says is politically motivated.

Front Line Defenders: 281 human rights defenders murdered in 2016

06.01.2017 Front Line Defenders: 281 human rights defenders murdered in 2016

More than 1000 human rights defenders were killed, harassed, detained, or subjected to smear campaigns and other violations in 2016, Front Line Defenders reported today at the launch of its annual report in Dublin. The Annual Report on Human Rights Defenders at Risk in 2016 documents hundreds of physical, legal, and social attacks on activists around the world in 2016.

FIDH: Andrei Bandarenka faces extention of his prison term under new criminal charges

30.11.2016 FIDH: Andrei Bandarenka faces extention of his prison term under new criminal charges

FIDH denounces opening of a new case against imprisoned human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka, previously expert on monitored detention facilities. Even if his sentence in 2014 was not related to his human rights activities, FIDH considers the repeated criminal prosecution as a form of politically motivated pressure for his previous human rights activities and calls for dropping of charges.

Government’s attitude to Ombudsman as indicator of respect for human rights

28.11.2016 Government’s attitude to Ombudsman as indicator of respect for human rights

Human rights activists and lawyers from Belarus met last week with representatives of the Office of the Polish Commissioner for Civil Rights. The meeting was held at the initiative of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and dealt with the role and mandate of the Polish Ombudsman and the government’s attitude to the activities of his office in the light of the recent political changes in the country. It also touched upon the place of human rights in the official cooperation between Warsaw and Minsk.

Imprisoned human rights activist Andrei Bandarenka faces fresh criminal charges

25.11.2016 Imprisoned human rights activist Andrei Bandarenka faces fresh criminal charges

On November 14, the Mahilioŭ interdistrict department of the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under Part 2 of Article 411 of the Criminal Code (“willful disobedience to the correctional institution administration”) against human rights activist Andrei Bandarenka, who is currently serving a 3-year sentence in prison No. 4.

Joint position of human rights defenders on adoption of plan to implement UN recommendations

04.11.2016 Joint position of human rights defenders on adoption of plan to implement UN recommendations

Joint Position of Belarusian Human Rights Organizations on Adoption of Interagency Plan of Implementation of Recommendations for Belarus from UN mechanisms

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.

Interior Ministry confirms entry ban on rights defender Alena Tankachova

25.10.2016 Interior Ministry confirms entry ban on rights defender Alena Tankachova

Human rights defender Alena Tankachova will not be able to return to Belarus until February 2018, naviny.by said today. The Ministry of Internal Affairs refused to reduce the deportation period without explanation. The human rights activist insists that the case is politically motivated.

Russian rights defender Maria Rymar fined USD 1,100

12.10.2016 Russian rights defender Maria Rymar fined USD 1,100

The Court of Minsk’s Kastryčnicki district has sentenced Russian human rights defender Maria Rymar to a fine of 2,100 rubles on charges of “knowingly false reporting about danger” (Part 1 of Article 340

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