News for March 2019
29.03.2019 Picks of the week
Sad aftermath of Freedom Day celebrations; ex-prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka goes on hunger strike; Iranian close to expulsion, facing death in home country
27.03.2019 Report on monitoring peaceful assembly on March 24 in Minsk
On March 24, 2019, a peaceful meeting dedicated to the 101st anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarusian People’s Republic was held in Kiev Park in Minsk.
26.03.2019 Freedom Day celebrations marred by excessive police interference
At least 15 people were detained last evening in central Minsk while trying to join an unauthorized assembly to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the Belarusian People’s Republic.
25.03.2019 HRDs tell UN Human Rights Committee about importance of independent observation
The UN Human Rights Committee is preparing General comments on the right to freedom of assembly and asked non-governmental organizations to report on the observance of this right by sending their ideas and recommendations.
22.03.2019 Picks of the week
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media concludes visit to Minsk; courts punish Internet users for sharing 'extremist' posts; anarchist activists still under attack in Belarus
21.03.2019 Human rights defenders alarmed by unprecedented attack on critical bloggers
The Human Rights Center “Viasna” is concerned about the situation of blogger Andrei Pavuk, who was arrested on March 20.
20.03.2019 Former prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka arrested in criminal case
Former political prisoner and Amnesty International’s prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka has been arrested in Minsk this morning on suspicion of committing a crime under Article 339, Part 3 of the Criminal Code (“especially malicious hooliganism”).
19.03.2019 Harlem Désir: We are concerned about fight against extremism
Mr. Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, has met with members of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and representatives of independent media as part of his working visit to Minsk, BAJ press service said.
18.03.2019 Belarus Orders Expulsion Of Christian Convert Facing Death Penalty In Iran
Belarusian authorities have ordered the expulsion of an Iranian man who has converted to Christianity and is wanted by Tehran for apostasy and alleged murder, despite warnings by international human rights organizations that he would be at risk of torture and the death penalty if sent back.
15.03.2019 Picks of the week
Viciebsk journalist fined for award-winning report; Vlogger threatened with criminal prosecution for video about anti-parasite commissions; Brest activist fined for presence at mass Jewish burial site; UN working group informed about occupational therapy rehabilitation centers in Belarus
14.03.2019 US Department of State reports about 2018 human rights violations in Belarus
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of U.S. Department of State issued the Report on Human Rights Practices for 2018 in Belarus.
09.03.2019 Report on monitoring peaceful assembly on February 26 in Minsk
On February 26, 2019, solidarity protest called "Freedom to political prisoners" took place in Minsk.
08.03.2019 Picks of the week
TUT.BY chief editor Maryna Zolatava convicted and fined $3,825; Police hunts participants of solidarity action with political prisoners; Brest journalists-freelancers fined $1,500; Absurd posters, clear purpose. Monstration picket held in Minsk; Brest blogger's flat searched
06.03.2019 OSCE representative hopes the verdict of Maryna Zolatava will be overturned
Harlem Desir twitted about the "BelTA case"
05.03.2019 Statement of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and Belarusian PEN Center on conviction of Maryna Zolatava
Belarusian Association of Journalists and Belarusian Pen Center released a joint statement regarding the conviction of Maryna Zolatava.