News on the topic: human rights defenders

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.”

Three days in Chechnya: mission of solidarity with Oyub Titiev

26.11.2018 Three days in Chechnya: mission of solidarity with Oyub Titiev

Last week, Chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski and human rights activist Siarhei Sys visited Chechnya to witness the trial of Oyub Titiev, head of Memorial’s Grozny branch, which has been underway for four months in the town of Shali. The human rights activist is accused of illegal possession of drugs and may be imprisoned to 10 years.

Observatory condemns harassment of Viasna activist Ales Burakou

16.11.2018 Observatory condemns harassment of Viasna activist Ales Burakou

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Viasna protests harassment of its activist in Mahilioŭ

12.11.2018 Viasna protests harassment of its activist in Mahilioŭ

Statement by the Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Observatory: End judicial harassment against Roman Kislyak

19.10.2018 Observatory: End judicial harassment against Roman Kislyak

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Observatory calls to quash convictions of Masliukova and Zmitrovich

15.10.2018 Observatory calls to quash convictions of Masliukova and Zmitrovich

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.

Viasna activist fined in Svietlahorsk

10.10.2018 Viasna activist fined in Svietlahorsk

Alena Masliukova, activist of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” in Svietlahorsk, has been fined 612.5 rubles (USD 285) on charges of organizing an illegal assembly.

HRDs present alternative report on human rights situation in Belarus

02.10.2018 HRDs present alternative report on human rights situation in Belarus

On October 1, representatives of the national human rights coalition presented their alternative report on the human rights situation in Belarus. The preparation of the report involved 12 human rights organizations.

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