News for 28 Mar 2017

Statistics of Freedom Day trials

28.03.2017 Statistics of Freedom Day trials

On March 27, Minsk and the six regional cities of Belarus hosted trials of persons detained in the lead up to and during the protests of March 25-26. Human rights activists and observers monitored the trials.

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on the demonstrations in Belarus

28.03.2017 Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on the demonstrations in Belarus

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement today (28 March) on the demonstrations in Belarus

EU Statement on a death sentence in Belarus

28.03.2017 EU Statement on a death sentence in Belarus

The Delegation of the European Union to Belarus has issued the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Belarus.

Civic solidarity movement condemns mass detentions and police violence in Belarus

28.03.2017 Civic solidarity movement condemns mass detentions and police violence in Belarus

We, the undersigned members of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP), a coalition of human rights NGOs from Europe, the former Soviet Union region and North America, and other non-governmental organisations decry the mass detentions of peaceful demonstrators, journalists and human rights defenders, as well as the use of violence and abusive treatment targeting them in Belarus on 25-26 March 2017.

Foreign Office statement on demonstrations in Belarus

28.03.2017 Foreign Office statement on demonstrations in Belarus

Government of Belarus urged to respect right to peaceful protest

EPDE calls on Belarusian authorities to release the peaceful protesters

28.03.2017 EPDE calls on Belarusian authorities to release the peaceful protesters

On Saturday 25 March the Minsk office of the Belarusian EPDE-member organisation Human Rights Center Viasna was raided by the police. 57 human rights defenders, among them the Chairman of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, Aleh Hulak, also a member of EPDE, were detained. The lawyer of the HRC Viasna was hospitalized after he was beaten by the police.

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