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.

Week against the Death Penalty: We do not celebrate, we express solidarity

12.10.2018 Week against the Death Penalty: We do not celebrate, we express solidarity

The fifth annual Week against the Death Penalty concluded on October 12, World Day against the Death Penalty, with an artistic event at the Lithuanian embassy in Minsk, which told about the pain suffered by the families of death convicts.

Viasna again calls to halt executions at PACE event on World Day against the Death Penalty

11.10.2018 Viasna again calls to halt executions at PACE event on World Day against the Death Penalty

On October 10, the issue of ongoing executions in Belarus was discussed at a meeting of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly pf the Council of Europe. The event was scheduled to mark the World Day against the Death Penalty. The discussion involved Valery Varanetski, chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, and deputy chairperson of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich.

Treatment of death row prisoners in Belarus

10.10.2018 Treatment of death row prisoners in Belarus

While on death row, convicts face a number of violations of their rights. During their one monthly visit with a family member (a right accorded under Article 174 of the Criminal Law Enforcement Code), they are forbidden from referring to detention conditions.

Belarus defies UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva report

09.10.2018 Belarus defies UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva report

The government of Belarus continues to refrain from cooperating with the UN Human Rights Committee, the Committee’s president Yuval Shany said during the presentation of the country’s first report in 20 years.

EU, CoE reiterate call to introduce moratorium on executions in Belarus

09.10.2018 EU, CoE reiterate call to introduce moratorium on executions in Belarus

Joint Declaration by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty

Picks of the Week

05.10.2018 Picks of the Week

Court sets date of appeal hearing in REP case; another prisoner reports torture and poor living conditions; Week against the Death Penalty opens in Belarus

Week Against the Death Penalty: October 5-10

02.10.2018 Week Against the Death Penalty: October 5-10

From 5 to 10 October, the annual Week Against the Death Penalty will be held in Belarus. This year’s evets will focus on the conditions of detention on death row.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2018

01.10.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2018

September saw the resumption of a long-standing practice of sending government employees and students to harvest crops, while these the functions are not stipulated by their employment contracts.

Observatory: Drop charges against Svietlahorsk activists

01.10.2018 Observatory: Drop charges against Svietlahorsk activists

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment of Ms. Alena Masliukova, member of Human Rights Centre “Viasna” in Svetlogorsk and Mr. Anatoly Zmitrovich, an environmental activist.

Anaïs Marin of France appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus

29.09.2018 Anaïs Marin of France appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus

The United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed Anaïs Marin of France as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus. The decision was taken on September 28, the last day of the Council’s 39th session.

Picks of the Week

28.09.2018 Picks of the Week

Investigators continue to interrogate journalists involved in BelTA case; government employees sent to harvest crops in state-owned farms; Georgian woman goes on hunger strike outside prison in Mahilioŭ to protest ban on seeing her husband.

Invitation to the presentation of an alternative human rights report

26.09.2018 Invitation to the presentation of an alternative human rights report

The report will be presented on Monday, October 1.

Picks of the Week

21.09.2018 Picks of the Week

On September 20, human rights defender Alena Masliukova was charged with illegal protesting, after she attended a picket in Svietlahorsk, in which environmental activists demanded to close a local pulp mill. Masliukova denies the charge saying that she came to the city’s central square to monitor the protest.

“They should have shot me instead”: The stories of death row inmates’ family members

19.09.2018 “They should have shot me instead”: The stories of death row inmates’ family members

In Belarus, you cannot sentence a woman to death — this is the law. But it is women who suffer most from death sentences. Over the 27 years of Belarus’s independence, more than 400 men have been shot in Belarus. Behind each of them, there is the ruined life of at least one woman. We collected the stories of five of them.

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