23.03.2017 KGB holds 26 people in fresh ‘rioting' case
The Human Rights Center "Viasna" has received information about at least 18 people detained by special services on March 21-22 in the framework of a criminal investigation into allegations of ‘plotting a riot’ under Part 3, Art. 293 of the Criminal Code.
22.03.2017 Belarus: First death sentence in 2017
Paris-Minsk. FIDH and its member organisation in Belarus Human Rights Centre "Viasna" denounce the first death sentence in 2017 and regret the Belarusian authorities continue to ignore calls to render Europe a death penalty-free zone.
22.03.2017 Prison monitoring report: “We cannot help everyone, but manage to highlight violations in prisons”
The Human Rights Center "Viasna" presented yesterday its annual report on the results of monitoring places of detention in Belarus.
17.03.2017 Belarus crackdown: more than 200 arrested or detained in two weeks
The new repression of peaceful protesters currently ongoing in Belarus confirms the absence of political change, declared FIDH and Human Rights Center (HRC) Viasna today.
16.03.2017 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders: Stop harassment of Leanid Sudalenka and Anatol Paplauny
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders requests intervention ahead of tomorrow's trial of Viasna's human rights defenders Leanid Sudalenka and Anatol Paplauny in Homieĺ.
16.03.2017 Over 50 trials across Belarus: 20 protesters jailed
At least 52 persons have stood trials today in Minsk, Hrodna and Mahilioŭ following yesterday's violent detentions of participants in peaceful protests against President's Decree No. 3.
15.03.2017 Dozens held after legal protest in Minsk, many beaten by police
At least 52 people have been detained after a protest held yesterday in Minsk. Many detentions were marked by excessive use of violence on the part of the police.
15.03.2017 Over 120 protesters, journalists detained in unprecedented crackdown on peaceful dissent since March 3
According to human rights defenders, over 120 persons have been detained since March 3, including opposition activists, journalists and ordinary protesters.
14.03.2017 More activists imprisoned and fined ahead of new protests
The courts in Brest and Hrodna have sentenced several activists to jail terms of up to 15 days on charges of involvement in protests held on February 19. Others were fined for the same offenses.
14.03.2017 International human rights groups: Belarus protests in focus
The arrest of dozens of protesters and journalists over the weekend is the “biggest crackdown in years”, Amnesty International said in response to the alarming reports coming from Belarus.
13.03.2017 Courts convict activists, journalists over protests
The courts in a number of cities across Belarus, including Orša, Babrujsk and Brest have heard today administrative charges brought against peaceful protesters detained following yesterday’s protests. Several reporters were also detained and eventually found guilty of “illegal demonstrating” and other minor offenses.
12.03.2017 Protesters, journalists detained across Belarus
Numerous opposition activists and journalists working for independent media have been detained today before and after protests held across the country, including in Orša, Babrujsk, Kobryn and Brest.
11.03.2017 Stop persecution of citizens for exercising their right to peaceful protest and expression
The Human Rights Center "Viasna" notes the deterioration of the overall human rights situation in the country.
09.03.2017 Belarus still "an authoritarian state", U.S. Human Rights Report says
"Since his election as president in 1994, Aliaksandr Lukashenka has consolidated his rule over all institutions and undermined the rule of law through authoritarian means, including manipulated elections and arbitrary decrees," says the U.S. Department of State's Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Belarus for 2016.
07.03.2017 Officials relaunch repression tools amid massive protests
The Belarusian authorities have been struggling to reduce the level of social discontent ignited by the enforcement of the infamous Decree No. 3, which introduced a special tax on unemployment. The government is using a variety of repressive methods, including intimidation, fines and imprisonment, punitive psychiatry and police raids.