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Amnesty International: Free LGBT+ activist Victoria Biran

01.10.2020 Amnesty International: Free LGBT+ activist Victoria Biran

On 26 September human rights activist Victoria Biran was detained on her way to the Women’s March in Minsk. Two days later she was sentenced to 15 days of administrative detention which she is serving at the infamous detention centre on Akrestina street which has become synonymous with torture. In numerous similar cases the detention has been extended. As an LGBT+ activist, Victoria Biran is at heightened risk of ill-treatment. She is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Call For Justice After 'Homophobic' Attack On Belarus Filmmaker

17.09.2019 Call For Justice After 'Homophobic' Attack On Belarus Filmmaker

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Belarusian authorities to ensure justice for a brutal attack on documentary filmmaker Mikalai Kuprych last month, and to reassure members of the country’s LGBT community that “homophobic violence won’t be tolerated.”

Viasna asks UN Special Rapporteur to intercede for LGBT activist Vika Biran

06.08.2018 Viasna asks UN Special Rapporteur to intercede for LGBT activist Vika Biran

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" has written to Mr. David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, asking him to intervene in the case of LGBTQ+ activist Vika Biran, who was convicted for publicly expressing her civil position towards a homophobic article posted on the official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

US LGBTQ poet and activist barred from Belarus

01.08.2018 US LGBTQ poet and activist barred from Belarus

Alok Vaid-Menon, an Indian American performance artist, poet, and LGBTQ rights activist, was not allowed to enter Belarus, after arriving at the Minsk international airport last evening, RFE/RL Belarus service said.

LGBT people subject to illegal police profiling

24.07.2018 LGBT people subject to illegal police profiling

Last Friday night, July 21, police broke into an LGBT club in Minsk, Burlesque. Earlier, the place was raided on June 29. In both incidents, the guests were not arrested. But the visitors’ IDs were checked and the police asked them about their current employers.

Belarus: New low as authorities slap solo LGBTI protester with fine for ‘mass’ protest

17.07.2018 Belarus: New low as authorities slap solo LGBTI protester with fine for ‘mass’ protest

The Belarusian authorities have hit an absurd new low in persecuting peaceful LGBTI activists, Amnesty International said today after a court in Minsk found Viktoria Biran guilty of violating a mass public assemblies law for posing alone for a photo with a poster.

Belarus Refuses Asylum For Uzbek Transgender Woman

16.07.2018 Belarus Refuses Asylum For Uzbek Transgender Woman

Belarusian authorities have refused asylum to a transgender woman from Uzbekistan and who says she will face torture and abuse if she goes back.

Online petition demands inquiry into interior ministry's "homophobic" statement

22.05.2018 Online petition demands inquiry into interior ministry's "homophobic" statement

Activists have launched an online petition demanding that the Prosecutor General's Office look into what they describe as the interior ministry's "homophobic and discriminatory" comments about the UK embassy's show of support for the LGBT community.

#StopLGBTpersecution in Chechnya and Donbas

17.05.2017 #StopLGBTpersecution in Chechnya and Donbas

The human rights organizations Anti-Discrimination Center Memorial and the Center for Civil Liberties, FIDH call upon anyone who values human rights and cannot tolerate discriminatory violence to join the campaign #StopLGBTpersecution in CHECHNYA and DONBAS by sending photos, video addresses, and pictures in defense of the rights of people who are suffering now.

Activists demonstrate in central Minsk on World Day Against Homophobia

17.05.2016 Activists demonstrate in central Minsk on World Day Against Homophobia

Several rights activists picketed today in central Minsk to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Human rights activist asks Prosecutor's Office to check publication on government-run website for extremism

09.02.2016 Human rights activist asks Prosecutor's Office to check publication on government-run website for extremism

Tatsiana Reviaka, member of the Board of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, has sent an appeal to the Prosecutor’s Office of Mahilioŭ asking the officials to check a publication on the website vecherniy-mogilev.by, which she says may contain elements of extremism.

Gay gets beaten and insulted for his sexual favors

11.05.2015 Gay gets beaten and insulted for his sexual favors

Unidentified individuals have assaulted a gay in Žlobin for his sexual orientation. 32-year-old Aliaksandr (on the left) was beaten. The offenders stripped him of his clothes, tore his shirt and T-shirt. They insulted the man, shooting it on video and forcing him to tell that he was gay and was sleeping with under-aged persons. They took away Aliaksandr's mobile phone and promised to cut him into pieces.

Judge in Mahiliou reprimanded for disclosing private info in TS case

27.02.2015 Judge in Mahiliou reprimanded for disclosing private info in TS case

Stanislau Leuchanka, a judge of the Mahiliou District Court, has received a reprimand for disclosing private details of the trial of a transsexual in a report published by the local government-run newspaper Viacherni Mahiliou.

20.01.2015 Lawyer Pavel Sapelka: It is essential that hate crimes receive adequate assessment of state

The case of beating Mikhail Pishcheuski will be re-examined by the Tsentralny District Court of Minsk. This decision was taken by the panel of judges of the Minsk City Court, having considered on December 9 an appeal filed by the victim’s mother, human rights activist Tatsiana Reviaka told BelaPAN.

12.12.2013 Minsk Gay Pride 2013. Currently not rainbow

In Minsk on December 6 started Minsk Gay Pride 2013, however, instead of rainbow news, information about events related to the Gay Pride is more like police reports.

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