News on the topic: human rights defenders

About the Local and What All Hold in Common

23.03.2020 About the Local and What All Hold in Common

Belarusian Human Rights Activist Ales Bialiatski in Conversation with Olga V. Solovieva

Viasna wins OSCE Democracy Defender Award

12.03.2020 Viasna wins OSCE Democracy Defender Award

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” has been awarded the OSCE’s annual Democracy Defender Award.

Ales Bialiatski wins Franco-German prize for human rights and rule of law

11.12.2019 Ales Bialiatski wins Franco-German prize for human rights and rule of law

Ales Bialiatski, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, has been awarded the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law in 2019, the embassies of France and Germany in Belarus said.

Winners of National Human Rights Award announced in Minsk

10.12.2019 Winners of National Human Rights Award announced in Minsk

The National Human Rights Prize has been awarded today at a ceremony in Minsk held to mark the World Human Rights Day.

In Quest for More Equal Societies, Those Who Defend Human Rights Are Key Agents of Change

10.12.2019 In Quest for More Equal Societies, Those Who Defend Human Rights Are Key Agents of Change

Address by Alice Mogwe, FIDH President, on Human Rights Day

Viasna’s Valiantsin Stefanovich elected FIDH vice-president

24.10.2019 Viasna’s Valiantsin Stefanovich elected FIDH vice-president

The 40th World Congress of the International Federation for Human Rights has completed its work in Taiwan with the election of president and vice-presidents. Alice Mogwe, a human rights lawyer from Botswana, has been elected FIDH President for the next three years. She previously served as the organization’s secretary-general.

OSCE HDIM 2019: Belarus in focus

27.09.2019 OSCE HDIM 2019: Belarus in focus

The OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Europe's largest annual human rights and democracy conference, is closing today in Warsaw, following two weeks of discussions that brought together hundreds of activists and policy-makers.

We can see dialogue beginning, UNHRC expert says

23.05.2019 We can see dialogue beginning, UNHRC expert says

On May 23, the Minsk-based Territory of Rights event space hosted a follow-up meeting on the concluding observations adopted by the UN Human Rights Committee after the consideration of Belarus’s fifth periodic report in October 2018.

Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders condemns Brest arrests

22.04.2019 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders condemns Brest arrests

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Mr. Uladzimir Vialichkin, an environmental rights defender and member of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” (HRC “Viasna”), as well as other 17 environmental defenders, in the context of the repression of an environmental protest movement against the construction of a battery plant in Brest.

Michel Forst: “I’m sure I’ll find ways to protect human rights defenders until the end of my life”

17.04.2019 Michel Forst: “I’m sure I’ll find ways to protect human rights defenders until the end of my life”

On April 16, Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, met with representatives of the Belarusian human rights community as part of his academic visit to Minsk.

Viasna member detained among protests in Brest

15.04.2019 Viasna member detained among protests in Brest

At least 10 people, including human rights activist Uladzimir Vialichkin, were arrested on Friday in Brest for their alleged involvement in a series of rallies protesting the construction of a battery factory, which local environmental groups view as a potential hazard for the city.

New Amnesty International report: crackdown on CSOs persists in Belarus

21.02.2019 New Amnesty International report: crackdown on CSOs persists in Belarus

The new report Laws Designed to Silence: The Global Crackdown on Civil Society Organizations reveals the startling number of countries that are using bullying techniques and repressive regulations to prevent NGOs from doing their vital work, including in Belarus.

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders urges Belarus to stop harassment of Brest activists

21.02.2019 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders urges Belarus to stop harassment of Brest activists

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders issued an urgent appeal to stop the persecution of environmental activists in Brest.

Oyub Titiev: How absurd a trial could get!

06.02.2019 Oyub Titiev: How absurd a trial could get!

FIDH: Why the charges of drug possession against Chechen human rights defender Oyub Titiev are trumped up.

Campaigners against the death penalty win national human rights prize

11.12.2018 Campaigners against the death penalty win national human rights prize

Belarusian human rights defenders marked the International Human Rights Day by awarding the 10th annual National Human Rights Prize. The ceremony was hosted by the newly opened education space “Territory of Rights.”

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