16.03.2018 Weekly picks in figures
The country’s authorities continue abusing legislation to sanction reporters working for local and foreign media.
15.03.2018 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.
14.03.2018 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.
13.03.2018 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.
12.03.2018 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.”
09.03.2018 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.
09.03.2018 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.
07.03.2018 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”.
01.03.2018 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.
23.02.2018 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.
22.02.2018 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.
22.02.2018 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.
21.02.2018 Local elections. Final report
The observation involved 29 long-term observers. The observers were accredited to the number of TECs and DECs, which covered more than 70% of the voters. The results of processing reports on separate stages of the elections were published in the form of corresponding milestone reports.
21.02.2018 EU Urges Belarus To Undertake 'Serious' Electoral Reform
The European Union has called on Belarus to immediately work on a "serious and comprehensive" reform of the election law and processes following local elections in the country.
20.02.2018 Electoral system of Belarus requires urgent reanimation
Elections to the local councils did not meet a number of key international standards for democratic and free elections, coordinators of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” said at a press conference on February 19 in Minsk.