Amnesty International: Unprecedented Supreme Court decision to suspend death sentences

18.06.2018 Amnesty International: Unprecedented Supreme Court decision to suspend death sentences

"This is a hugely significant and unprecedented decision for the only country in the region that has continued to execute people all these years."

Picks of the Week

15.06.2018 Picks of the Week

Activists protest opening restraurant next to memorial site; trade union leaders plea not guilty; authorities harass environmental campaigners

Financial police raid apartment of BelaPAN director, charge him with tax evasion

14.06.2018 Financial police raid apartment of BelaPAN director, charge him with tax evasion

The Minsk apartment of Ales Lipai, director of the BelaPAN news agency, has been searched by financial police this morning. According to human rights activist Valiantsin Stefanovich, the search was conducted by the Department of Financial Investigations of the State Control Committee as part of a criminal case opened against Lipai.

Picks of the Week

08.06.2018 Picks of the Week

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

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2018

05.06.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2018

On May 20, the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs published an article with homophobic content entitled “We Are For True Things”, in which the Interior Ministry spoke against LGBTQ+ people and the rainbow flag flown on the British Embassy’s building in Minsk to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, May 17. The article called the minority “fake”.

HRDs set to monitor implementation of recommendations by UN Committee against Torture

01.06.2018 HRDs set to monitor implementation of recommendations by UN Committee against Torture

Representatives of a coalition of human rights organizations, which in late April presented an alternative report to the UN Committee against Torture, have commented on the Concluding observations of the Committee following the 63rd session of the Committee.

Supreme Court confirms death sentences for Zhylnikau and Sukharko

30.05.2018 Supreme Court confirms death sentences for Zhylnikau and Sukharko

The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences earlier handed down to Aliaksandr Zhylnikau and Viachaslau Sukharko for the murder of three people. The judgment was pronounced after the court completed hearing Zhylnikau’s appeal, while Sukharko refused to challenge the verdict.

Two more executions reported in Belarus

29.05.2018 Two more executions reported in Belarus

Two death convicts, Aliaksei Mikhalenia and Viktar Liotau, have been recently executed, according to Viachaslau Sukharko, another death row inmate whose appeal was heard today at the Supreme Court.

Death penalty: Belarus must be accountable to someone

24.05.2018 Death penalty: Belarus must be accountable to someone

Belarus is the last country in Europe to apply the death penalty. It often does so in secret.

Repeal of Article 193.1 is half measure, say HRDs

19.05.2018 Repeal of Article 193.1 is half measure, say HRDs

The Council of Ministers submitted to the Parliament a draft law “On amendments to certain Codes of the Republic of Belarus”. Among other things, the bill provides for the removal of Article 193.1 (“Illegal organization of activities of a public association, religious organization or foundation or participation in their activities”) from the Criminal Code.

Goodbye, Article 193-1!

17.05.2018 Goodbye, Article 193-1!

The National Legal Internet Portal has published a draft bill on amendments to the Criminal Code, which was prepared by the Council of Ministers. According to the draft, it is planned to repeal Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code, which provides for criminal responsibility for activity on behalf of unregistered organizations.

The secret executions in Europe's 'last dictatorship'

15.05.2018 The secret executions in Europe's 'last dictatorship'

When the guards come, these inmates never know if it is for the last time. On death row in Belarus, the only country in Europe that still uses the death penalty, they are never told when they will be executed. And when it happens, it is all kept as a state secret.

Amnesty International launches World Wide Appeal for Dzmitry Paliyenka

10.05.2018 Amnesty International launches World Wide Appeal for Dzmitry Paliyenka

It’s Dzmitry’s 24th birthday on 26 May! Let’s try and get him the gift of freedom.

Authorities ignore observers’ appeal against arrest at Freedom Day protest

07.05.2018 Authorities ignore observers’ appeal against arrest at Freedom Day protest

In early April, six observers of the monitoring mission co-run by the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee wrote to the Prosecutor's Office of the Saviecki district of Minsk and the city’s office of the Investigative Committee to complain about their illegal detention ahead of the Freedom Day demonstration on March 25 in Minsk.

Stop harassment of human rights defenders for their legitimate human rights activities

03.05.2018 Stop harassment of human rights defenders for their legitimate human rights activities

Human rights defenders urge the authorities to drop the administrative charges against Tatsiana Mastykina and other observers who were arrested on March 25.

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