Legislative amendments further restrict media in Belarus, says OSCE media freedom representative

18.06.2018 Legislative amendments further restrict media in Belarus, says OSCE media freedom representative

VIENNA, 18 June 2018 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir today expressed concern following the adoption of legislative amendments in Belarus which further restrict media activities in the country. The amendments affect the work of national mass media, internet resources, and foreign media outlets.

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."

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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.

CPJ Blasts Belarus's 'Veiled Attempts At Tightening Censorship'

11.06.2018 CPJ Blasts Belarus's 'Veiled Attempts At Tightening Censorship'

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Belarusian lawmakers to reject proposed laws that could “further censor” the media in the country.

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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.

Amnesty International: Authorities must not tarnish positive steps by imposing new restrictions on freedom of association

01.06.2018 Amnesty International: Authorities must not tarnish positive steps by imposing new restrictions on freedom of association

Amnesty International welcomes the positive steps being taken by the Belarusian authorities to lift existing restrictions on the right to freedom of association. However, it is critical that this progress is not countered by introducing new measures which would violate that same right.

PACE rapporteurs condemn two recent executions in Belarus

31.05.2018 PACE rapporteurs condemn two recent executions in Belarus

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 Aliaksei Mikhalenia and Viktor Liotau, which reportedly took place in secret in mid-May.

EU deplores two new executions in Belarus

30.05.2018 EU deplores two new executions in Belarus

Statement by the Spokesperson on the application of the death penalty in Belarus

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.

CoE: Capital punishment has no place in Europe

30.05.2018 CoE: Capital punishment has no place in Europe

Spokesperson of the Secretary General: Statement by the Spokesperson on reported executions in Belarus

EU ‘actively engaged with Belarus on death penalty’, says Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy

29.05.2018 EU ‘actively engaged with Belarus on death penalty’, says Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy

In 2017, the EU actively engaged with the Belarusian authorities on the death penalty and took action to raise awareness, as Belarus remained the only country in Europe that still applied the death penalty, Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy said.

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.

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