News for December 2015

04.12.2015 Hrodna Activists Convicted Under Falsified Protocols

Administrative processes have been held over participants of the rally in memory of the rebels of 1863 in the town of Svislach, Hrodna region.

Human rights defenders to stand trial for observing protest

04.12.2015 Human rights defenders to stand trial for observing protest

Siarhei Kaspiarovich and Natallia Satsunkevich, observers from the Human Rights Center "Viasna" and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, received today text messages from the Maskoŭsk District Court of Minsk inviting them to the hearing of their administrative cases.

UN Human Rights Committee registers complaint by ex-political prisoner Yury Rubtsou

04.12.2015 UN Human Rights Committee registers complaint by ex-political prisoner Yury Rubtsou

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint submitted by former political prisoner Yury Rubtsou to challenge a three-day arrest for wearing a T-shirt with the inscription “Lukashenka, Leave!”, for which he was detained during a street procession “Dziady-2013”.

On important elements of UN resolution on human rights defenders

04.12.2015 On important elements of UN resolution on human rights defenders

The revised draft resolution “Recognizing the role of human rights defenders and the need for their protection,” which was put on a vote at the General Assembly on November 25, has been finally published on the UN website.

Police apologize for illegal detention of activist in Mahilioŭ

03.12.2015 Police apologize for illegal detention of activist in Mahilioŭ

Mikita Fartukh, an activist of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) in Mahilioŭ, has received apologies from a police officer who illegally detained him on November 15. It happened after the activist complained to the Prosecutor's Office.

03.12.2015 Preparation of Zero report on realization of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities begins in Belarus

On the International day of people with disability, December 3, the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities announces about the intention of a number of NGOs to declare a Memorandum on cooperation in order to prepare alternative Zero report on conditions with rights of persons with disabilities in the Republic of Belarus.

Observatory condemns charges against human rights defenders in Belarus

03.12.2015 Observatory condemns charges against human rights defenders in Belarus

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2015

02.12.2015 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2015

During November, there were no systemic changes indicating the willingness of the authorities to drastically improve the human rights situation in the country.

Human rights activist Sudalenka faces charges of tax evasion

02.12.2015 Human rights activist Sudalenka faces charges of tax evasion

Maryna Baryskina, deputy head of the Homieĺ district tax inspection, has sent human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka summons to appear on December 7 in order to stand an administrative trial. He is accused of concealing 500 rubles received for working with the trade union and 387,024 rubles of dividends received on the shares (about 20 Euros).

EU and Belarus: three months to convince

02.12.2015 EU and Belarus: three months to convince

(Brussels, Minsk, Paris) EU must obtain human rights commitments from Belarus before the February 2016 decision on sanctions, say FIDH and its member organisation in Belarus Human Rights Center "Viasna" in a joint open letter.

01.12.2015 List of political prisoners

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” considers the following people as political prisoners in Belarus and demands their immediate release.

Minsk authorities refuse to register New Alternative NGO

01.12.2015 Minsk authorities refuse to register New Alternative NGO

The Department of Justice of the Minsk city executive committee has refused to register a public association entitled “New Alternative”, previously known as “Alternative”.

Department of Corrections should not forget about country’s international obligations

01.12.2015 Department of Corrections should not forget about country’s international obligations

The Department of Corrections has responded to a petition of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, which requested information about the conditions of detention of Andrei Bandarenka, former head of the Platform Innovation human rights NGO. However, the request was left without consideration on the merits in the interests of Bandarenka.

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