News on the topic: UN Human Rights Committee

UN HRC Accepts Complaint on Deadly Torture over Prisoner

27.06.2017 UN HRC Accepts Complaint on Deadly Torture over Prisoner

Mother of Aliaksandr Akulich, an administrative detainee who died on March 26, 2012 in Svetlahorsk temporary detention facility, has reported to Viasna that on June 12 the UN Human Rights Committee registered the individual complaint on violation of her son’s rights, the document number 2987/2017.

‘Tough and slow’: For the first time in 20 years Belarus reports to UN Human Rights Committee

19.05.2017 ‘Tough and slow’: For the first time in 20 years Belarus reports to UN Human Rights Committee

On May 18, Minsk hosted a discussion of the country’s periodic report on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The document has already been submitted by the Government of Belarus to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The event was organized jointly by the UN Office in Belarus and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Viasna still views Ministry of Justice’s decision on registration as predictable

10.05.2017 Viasna still views Ministry of Justice’s decision on registration as predictable

The relevance of the issue is due to the preparation of an alternative report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee currently done by a coalition of human rights organizations. The HRC experts included a request for clarification of the situation with the refusal to register the Human Rights Center "Viasna" in the list of issues to be addressed in the framework of Belarus’ reporting to the Committee.

UN HRC Finds Violation of the Rights of the Abducted Politician Yury Zakharanka

14.04.2017 UN HRC Finds Violation of the Rights of the Abducted Politician Yury Zakharanka

The Committee on Human Rights of the UN considered the individual complaint from the politician’s mother Uliyana Zakharanka and his daughter Alena filed in 2014. Finally, the Committee ruled that the rights of the disappeared politician and of his relatives have been violated. The decision was sent on April 11 to the lawyers of the Belarusian Documentation Center, who reported it at a press conference on April 13.

Belarus executions “flagrant disregard” for international human rights law – UN experts

06.12.2016 Belarus executions “flagrant disregard” for international human rights law – UN experts

UN human rights experts are outraged by Belarus’ continued use of the death penalty following reports that two men whose cases were before the UN Human Rights Committee were executed, despite a specific request from the Committee not to carry out the planned executions.

Belarus executes another death convict

29.11.2016 Belarus executes another death convict

According to the family of Siarhei Khmialeuski, the death convict has been executed.

Belarus adopts plan to implement UN recommendations on human rights

27.10.2016 Belarus adopts plan to implement UN recommendations on human rights

The Council of Ministers has adopted an interagency action plan to implement recommendations made within the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), BelaPAN said.

UN Human Rights Committee registers Siarhei Khmialeuski’s complaint

04.08.2016 UN Human Rights Committee registers Siarhei Khmialeuski’s complaint

On August 3, the UN Human Rights Committee has confirmed the registration of an individual communication submitted on behalf of Siarhei Khmialeuski, who was sentenced to death on February 15.

UN Human Rights Committee registers complaint of Henadz Yakavitski, asks for respite

22.07.2016 UN Human Rights Committee registers complaint of Henadz Yakavitski, asks for respite

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has registered an individual communication submitted on behalf of Henadz Yakavitski, who was sentenced to death on 5 January for murdering his partner back in July 2015.

Prison authorities prevent death convict from writing to UN Human Rights Committee

31.05.2016 Prison authorities prevent death convict from writing to UN Human Rights Committee

According to information received by human rights defenders, there have been no letters from death convict Henadz Yakavitski since May 11. As a result, his relatives feared that the prisoner could have been executed.

Ales Bialiatski waiting for four months, Uladzimir Makei silent

02.05.2016 Ales Bialiatski waiting for four months, Uladzimir Makei silent

Late last year, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) wrote to the Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Uladzimir Makei asking the official to respect the decision taken by the UN Human Rights Committee in the case of Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski. As yet, the minister has not given any response to FIDH’s appeal.

Homieĺ human rights defender complains to UN

26.04.2016 Homieĺ human rights defender complains to UN

Human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka has sent a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee in a case against Ašmiany customs officers who confiscated his laptop during a search at the Lithuanian border on 24 May 2015. The activist has exhausted all domestic remedies, including the Supreme Court and the Prosecutor General.

UN Human Rights Committee registers complaint by freelance journalist Kanstantsin Zhukouski

29.02.2016 UN Human Rights Committee registers complaint by freelance journalist Kanstantsin Zhukouski

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint by Kanstantsin Zhukouski, a freelance journalist in Homieĺ, who was fined for covering a protest in Svietlahorsk in November 2014.

Belarus replies to complaint in death convict’s case

17.02.2016 Belarus replies to complaint in death convict’s case

The Belarusian government has responded to a complaint submitted the UN Human Rights Committee by Volha Hrunova, the mother of Aliaksandr Hrunou, who was executed in 2014. The woman asked to declassify the burial place of her son, and then complained to the UN Human Rights Committee about inhuman and degrading treatment.

Belarusian government sees no politics in Yury Rubtsou’s case

08.02.2016 Belarusian government sees no politics in Yury Rubtsou’s case

The Belarusian government has responded to a complaint submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee on behalf of former political prisoner Yury Rubtsou. The letter says that Rubtsou was not prosecuted for expressing his opinion, but for disobeying a lawful order from a police officer.

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