Weekly picks in figures
The country’s authorities continue abusing legislation to sanction reporters working for local and foreign media.
Belarus: undisclosed execution comes to light
Amnesty International strongly condemns the execution of Belarusian death row prisoner, Kiryl Kazachok, in October 2017. News of his execution has only recently been disclosed and brings the total number of known executions in Belarus in 2017 to five.
Authorities block access to political prisoners
The administration of penal colony No. 9 in Horki, Mahilioŭ region, has not allowed representatives of the regional Public Monitoring Commission to meet with political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny, who is currently held in the facility, mspring.online said.
Amnesty International: Health concerns for prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka
23-year old Belarusian activist, Dzmitry Paliyenka, is serving a two-year prison sentence for peacefully opposing restrictions on cyclists. He is being exposed to conditions that exacerbate his asthma and denied medical treatment for an untreated wound. He is a prisoner of conscience.
A Year for Human Rights Defenders
“At a time when human rights defenders are being attacked, harassed and stigmatised around the world… we should pay tribute to these thousands of men and women to whom we owe so much.”
EU statement on the execution of Kiryl Kazachok
In light of the execution in Belarus of Kiryl Kazachok, which took place in October 2017 but was brought to the public's attention only now, the European Union again reaffirms its strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances.
PACE rapporteurs strongly condemn the execution of Kiryl Kazachok
Yves Cruchten (Luxembourg, SOC), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni (Italy, ALDE), former PACE rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have strongly condemned the execution of Kiryl Kazachok, which allegedly took place in October 2017.
Death row inmate Kiryl Kazachok executed
Death convict Kiryl Kazachok has been executed by shooting, according to information received by Andrei Paluda, coordinator of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus”.
Human Rights Situation in Belarus: February 2018
On February 18, members of local councils were elected in Belarus. The elections, which were extremely passive, prompted criticism from the political opposition and non-partisan domestic observation.
Reporters Without Borders: Journalists, bloggers barred from vote count in Belarus
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the explusions of several journalists and bloggers from voting stations in Minsk as votes were being counted after the Belarusian municipal elections on 18 February. RSF regard the evictions, in which violence was used, as deliberate censorship. Observers meanwhile claimed that election fraud took place.
The price for speaking out: Nabeel Rajab sentenced to 5 years for tweeting in Bahrain
Beirut-Geneva-Paris, February 21, 2018 - Today in Bahrain, prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, BCHR President and FIDH Deputy Secretary General, was sentenced to 5 years in prison under trumped-up charges in relation to tweets denouncing the torture against detainees at Jaw prison and exposing the killing of civilians in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition.
Amnesty International releases annual report
Over the past year, leaders have pushed hate, fought against rights, ignored crimes against humanity, and blithely let inequality and suffering spin out of control. This provoked mass protests, showing that while our challenges may never be greater, the will to fight back is just as strong. Amnesty International’s report, The State of the World’s Human Rights 2017/18, covers 159 countries and delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights in the world today.
- Belarus: undisclosed execution comes to light
- EU statement on the execution of Kiryl Kazachok
- PACE rapporteurs strongly condemn the execution of Kiryl Kazachok
- Death row inmate Kiryl Kazachok executed
- Local EU Statement on a Death Sentence in Belarus
- Amnesty International launches urgent action after two new death sentences in Belarus
- Supreme Court confirms fourth death sentence in 2017
- EU Urges Belarus To Spare Two On Death Row
- Council of Europe: 'Death is no justice'
- Court sends two to death after retrial
- Amnesty International: 2 men in Belarus at risk of imminent execution
- EU statement on two upheld death sentences in Belarus
- Supreme Court confirms death verdicts for 2 men
- Death Penalty in Europe and Central Asia: Close to the Finishing Line
- EU and CoE call for moratorium on executions in Belarus on World Day against Death Penalty