News for 26 Mar 2017

OSCE/ODIHR Director Link condemns undue restrictions on demonstrations and unnecessary use of force against peaceful protesters in Belarus

26.03.2017 OSCE/ODIHR Director Link condemns undue restrictions on demonstrations and unnecessary use of force against peaceful protesters in Belarus

WARSAW, 26 March 2017 - Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, today condemned the reported undue restrictions on public assemblies and the unnecessary use of force by Belarusian authorities against peaceful protestors in Minsk and other cities in the country.

More detentions across Belarus

26.03.2017 More detentions across Belarus

The police detained today around a dozen demonstrators in Minsk's Kastryčnickaja Square, as they protested against yesterday's violent dispersal of a peaceful assembly in the city center that was attended by thousands of people.

Belarus: Vicious crackdown on peaceful protests mars ‘Freedom Day’

26.03.2017 Belarus: Vicious crackdown on peaceful protests mars ‘Freedom Day’

Belarusian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release all those arrested before and during peaceful protests and end their vicious crackdown against demonstrators, Amnesty International said after dozens of ‘Freedom Day’ demonstrators were violently arrested and human rights observers detained.

Statement of the United States Embassy in Minsk on the Prevention of Freedom Day Demonstrations

26.03.2017 Statement of the United States Embassy in Minsk on the Prevention of Freedom Day Demonstrations

The United States notes with deep concern that authorities in Belarus failed to allow peaceful demonstrations in Minsk for the annual “Freedom Day” commemoration.

Report on monitoring the Freedom Day demonstration in Minsk. 25 March 2017

26.03.2017 Report on monitoring the Freedom Day demonstration in Minsk. 25 March 2017

A traditional march to commemorate the founding of the Belarusian National Republic was conducted in Minsk on March 25 (Freedom Day).

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