Belarus: Politically motivated trial against former prisoner of conscience starts behind closed doors

17.10.2019 Belarus: Politically motivated trial against former prisoner of conscience starts behind closed doors

The Belarusian authorities must uphold the right of former prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka to a fair trial and ensure his hearing is open to the public, Amnesty International said ahead of the start of his trial on 17 October.

Picks of the Week against the Death Penalty

11.10.2019 Picks of the Week against the Death Penalty

The past seven days have been dominated by events held as part of the annual nation-wide Week against the Death Penalty in Belarus. Viasna has collected quotes and photo evidence of the Week to highlight the diversity of voices and efforts demanding an end to executions, both in the country and worldwide.

“Justice without Killing”: Events of the Week against the Death Penalty

05.10.2019 “Justice without Killing”: Events of the Week against the Death Penalty

The annual Week against the Death Penalty will be held from 5 to 10 October across Belarus to promote this year’s slogan “Justice without Killing.”

Picks of the week

04.10.2019 Picks of the week

Observers report record low representation of opposition in precinct election commissions; critical blogger unable to pay heavy fine, begs for community service to avoid criminal charges; Supreme Court sets appeal hearing in death convict's case

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2019

02.10.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2019

On September 25, the Minsk City Court was to open a closed trial in the criminal case of an activist of the anarchist movement Dzmitry Paliyenka. As a result, the trial was adjourned due to the judge’s illness.

PACE holds hearing on Belarus ahead of November 17 elections

01.10.2019 PACE holds hearing on Belarus ahead of November 17 elections

The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly has arranged a public hearing on the situation of Belarus ahead of this year’s parliamentary elections scheduled for November 17.

Picks of the week

27.09.2019 Picks of the week

Trial of Dzmitry Paliyenka postponed; wheelchair user reports accessibility issues in election campaigning; Tajik opposition activist detained in Belarus, awaits extradition

OSCE HDIM 2019: Belarus in focus

27.09.2019 OSCE HDIM 2019: Belarus in focus

The OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Europe's largest annual human rights and democracy conference, is closing today in Warsaw, following two weeks of discussions that brought together hundreds of activists and policy-makers.

Human rights activists demand open trial in Dzmitry Paliyenka case

24.09.2019 Human rights activists demand open trial in Dzmitry Paliyenka case

The trial in the criminal case of anarchist activist Dzmitry Paliyenka has been scheduled for September 25. The hearing will be held behind closed doors at the Minsk City Court.

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20.09.2019 Picks of the week

Opposition leader warned over election picket; trial of Dzmitry Paliyenka set for September 25; REP leaders finally allowed to recover siezed property

The life of the Belarusian Roma: Unvarnished truth

19.09.2019 The life of the Belarusian Roma: Unvarnished truth

“It is unbelievable that people can be so poor today. Sometimes, there are no doors in the houses and the windows are shielded with cardboard. There’s no electricity, too.”

OSCE major meeting to discuss human rights situation in Belarus ahead of elections

17.09.2019 OSCE major meeting to discuss human rights situation in Belarus ahead of elections

The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Europe’s largest annual human rights and democracy conference, organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), is taking place in Warsaw, Poland, from 16 to 27 September.

Picks of the week

13.09.2019 Picks of the week

Interior Ministry will not appeal ruling in police brutality case; political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny scores 500 days of prison penalties; Viasna puts online a video about house arrest conditions of union leader Henadz Fiadynich

Minsk family wins BYN 2,800 compensation in police brutality case

11.09.2019 Minsk family wins BYN 2,800 compensation in police brutality case

The Minsk Zavodski District Court has delivered a judgement in favor of Dzmitry Serada and his family in a hearing of a claim seeking compensation for the brutal police raid in their apartment in August 2016. The court ordered the authorities to pay 2,886 rubles (USD 1,380) in damages, including broken doors, windows, and therapy costs.

FIDH: Russian Pro-Democracy Protesters Undeterred by Repression

10.09.2019 FIDH: Russian Pro-Democracy Protesters Undeterred by Repression

In a series of protests this summer, around 100,000 people took to the streets in Moscow to support independent candidates for elections to the Moscow City Council, which will take place on 8 September. The disproportionate reaction—brute force and prosecution—used by the Russian National Guard and the police to suppress this outpouring of civic mobilization belies the political establishment’s fear of dissent. A new report from FIDH provides a complete account of the protests—whose high level of youth participation suggests a trend of growing political engagement among the young generation—and the accompanying violations of human rights.

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