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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.

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27.07.2018 Picks of the Week

Freedom of expression is still severely curtailed in Belarus. This includes repressions against journalists and vocal critics of the regime.

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.

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LGBTQ activist fined for speaking back to homophobic statements by Interior Minister; Viasna volunteer loses compensation trial for illegal arrest; opposition activists continue picketing controversial restaurant

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.

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Activists continue to picket a restaurant near the Minsk belt motorway, which many say infringes on the territory of a nearby mass grave of Stalin-time victims, popularly known as Kurapaty. The protesters prevent cars from entering the facility, sometimes risking their lives.

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Journalists still under attack; Interior Ministry involved in homophobic row; cannabis-legalization campaigner spends 3 days in jail for fake protest

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.

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