News for 29 Mar 2017

Observatory: Crackdown continues, more human rights defenders detained in Belarus

29.03.2017 Observatory: Crackdown continues, more human rights defenders detained in Belarus

Paris-Geneva, March 29, 2017: Belarusian authorities continue to use detention to prevent human rights defenders from observing peaceful protests throughout the country. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT) deplores a new series of arrests, harassments and convictions and urges Belarusian authorities to release all detained human rights defenders and investigate allegations of ill-treatment.

Statement of the Coordinating Committee of the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

29.03.2017 Statement of the Coordinating Committee of the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

In connection with the events of March 25-26, 2017 in Minsk and other Belarusian cities

Front Line Defenders: Human rights defender Pavel Levinov detained and in critical health condition

29.03.2017 Front Line Defenders: Human rights defender Pavel Levinov detained and in critical health condition

On 26 March 2017, human rights defender Pavel Levinov was arrested by police from the Oktyabrsky District in Vitebsk city on the charge of participating in an unauthorised peaceful assembly. He was initially kept in a temporary detention centre. Later that day, he was hospitalised after suffering a hypertensive crisis.

ENEMO Condemns Crackdown on its Member  Organizations in Belarus

29.03.2017 ENEMO Condemns Crackdown on its Member Organizations in Belarus

The European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) is deeply alarmed by the crackdown on civil society and human rights defenders in Belarus in connection to the Freedom Day demonstrations.

Former political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau faces new criminal charges

29.03.2017 Former political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau faces new criminal charges

Former political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau has been charged under Part 1 of Article 339 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism). The case was initiated by the Investigative Committee.

Belarus: UN Expert Decries Return Of Mass Violence Against Peaceful Protestors, Demands Release Of All Detained

29.03.2017 Belarus: UN Expert Decries Return Of Mass Violence Against Peaceful Protestors, Demands Release Of All Detained

The Special Rapporteur on human rights in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, has expressed dismay over the Government’s open return to the policy of violent mass repression against peaceful demonstrators, non-governmental organizations, journalists and political opponents, and is calling on the authorities of Belarus to stop harassment and violence.

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