UN Human Rights Council adopts critical resolution on Belarus and extends mandate of Special Rapporteur

23.06.2017 UN Human Rights Council adopts critical resolution on Belarus and extends mandate of Special Rapporteur

The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted today at its 35th session to approve the resolution of the situation of human rights in Belarus.

KGB closes rioting case, ‘armed group’ charges in place

19.06.2017 KGB closes rioting case, ‘armed group’ charges in place

Minsk, 16 June. The Investigative Committee of Belarus has taken over the criminal case of alleged creation of an illegal armed group, which was initially opened by the State Security Committee (KGB), BelaPAN said quoting the Investigative Committee spokesperson.

UN expert urges continued scrutiny as Belarus enters new cycle of repression

15.06.2017 UN expert urges continued scrutiny as Belarus enters new cycle of repression

The United Nations Special Rapporteur Miklós Haraszti yesterday described the severe crackdown on peaceful protesters in February-March of this year as revealing the cyclical nature of oppression of human rights in Belarus. He also warned that the trials underway potentially lead to a new set of political prisoners.

KGB drops charges against all Young Front activists

09.06.2017 KGB drops charges against all Young Front activists

All six of the Young Front activists earlier charged with preparing riots during March 25 protest in Minsk (part 3 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code) have been notified by the State Security Committee (KGB) that the charges had been dropped due to lack of evidence.

HRDs call for immediate release of all persons arrested in ‘rioting and armed group case’ after reports of torture in KGB prison

07.06.2017 HRDs call for immediate release of all persons arrested in ‘rioting and armed group case’ after reports of torture in KGB prison

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights organizations

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2017

05.06.2017 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2017

The month was marked by a continued negative trend evidencing the deterioration of the overall human rights situation in the country.

Authorities release 2 more persons held in White Legion case

05.06.2017 Authorities release 2 more persons held in White Legion case

Two more persons earlier arrested in the case of preparing riots and creating an illegal armed group, Siarhei Kuntsevich, member of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party, and Andrei Bialiauski, have been released from pre-trial detention.

Observatory condemns re-arrest and arbitrary detention of Pavel Levinau

03.06.2017 Observatory condemns re-arrest and arbitrary detention of Pavel Levinau

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the re-arrest and arbitrary detention of Mr. Pavel Levinau, human rights defender and board member of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.

Belarusian human rights defenders urge UN Human Rights Council to extend Special Rapporteur’s mandate

02.06.2017 Belarusian human rights defenders urge UN Human Rights Council to extend Special Rapporteur’s mandate

From 30 May to 1 June, Valiantsin Stefanovich, lawyer of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", and Hanna Herasimava, Director of the Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House, met with the delegations of various countries to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to inform them about the situation with human rights in Belarus.

Analytical review of detention conditions and treatement of persons convicted of involvement in peaceful protests in March 2017

31.05.2017 Analytical review of detention conditions and treatement of persons convicted of involvement in peaceful protests in March 2017

The peaceful demonstrators sentenced to administrative detention in Minsk were held in conditions that are contrary to the state’s obligations enshrined in the Constitution and international treaties. Such conditions of detention are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment prohibited by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Human rights activist Pavel Levinau jailed for 15 days

31.05.2017 Human rights activist Pavel Levinau jailed for 15 days

Human rights defender Pavel Levinau was detained yesterday evening by police officers in Viciebsk. The activist will serve 15 days of administrative detention.

Investigators extend pre-trial detention of another person charged in ‘rioting and armed group case’

30.05.2017 Investigators extend pre-trial detention of another person charged in ‘rioting and armed group case’

The period of pre-trial detention of Viktar Maroz, former member of the White Legion organization, has been extended until late September, svaboda.org said, quoting the prisoner’s postcard.

Authorities extend pre-trial detention of 4 persons charged in ‘rioting and armed group case’

24.05.2017 Authorities extend pre-trial detention of 4 persons charged in ‘rioting and armed group case’

The authorities have extended the pre-trial detention of four persons involved in the case of preparing mass riots and forming an illegal armed group, Andrei Dundukou and Uladzimir Fiodarau.

Belarus backsliding badly on human rights: U.N. report

23.05.2017 Belarus backsliding badly on human rights: U.N. report

The Belarus government has returned to a policy of large-scale repression, causing a dramatic deterioration in human rights, according to a report published on Monday for submission to next month's session of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Yauhen Paltarzhytski released on house arrest

22.05.2017 Yauhen Paltarzhytski released on house arrest

Yauhen Paltarzhytski, a person involved in the case of preparing riots, has been released from pre-trial detention. Before the trial, he will remain under house arrest.

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