13.09.2019 Picks of the week
Interior Ministry will not appeal ruling in police brutality case; political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny scores 500 days of prison penalties; Viasna puts online a video about house arrest conditions of union leader Henadz Fiadynich
11.09.2019 Minsk family wins BYN 2,800 compensation in police brutality case
The Minsk Zavodski District Court has delivered a judgement in favor of Dzmitry Serada and his family in a hearing of a claim seeking compensation for the brutal police raid in their apartment in August 2016. The court ordered the authorities to pay 2,886 rubles (USD 1,380) in damages, including broken doors, windows, and therapy costs.
11.09.2019 CPJ: Turkmenistan, Iran, Belarus Among World's 'Most Censored Countries'
In a new report, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) named Turkmenistan, Iran, and Belarus as being among the ten worst countries for press censorship.
10.09.2019 FIDH: Russian Pro-Democracy Protesters Undeterred by Repression
In a series of protests this summer, around 100,000 people took to the streets in Moscow to support independent candidates for elections to the Moscow City Council, which will take place on 8 September. The disproportionate reaction—brute force and prosecution—used by the Russian National Guard and the police to suppress this outpouring of civic mobilization belies the political establishment’s fear of dissent. A new report from FIDH provides a complete account of the protests—whose high level of youth participation suggests a trend of growing political engagement among the young generation—and the accompanying violations of human rights.
06.09.2019 Parliamentary elections 2019. Report on the formation of territorial and district election commissions
Representatives of the five largest pro-government associations and unions affiliated to the FPB, recently joined by the Belarusian Peace Foundation, are still the main organizers of the elections.
04.09.2019 Party members still minority on election commissions
Members of political parties constitute as few as 14% of the total number of district election commissioners formed to administer the parliamentary elections scheduled for November 17, the Central Election Commission said in a milestone report.
02.09.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: August 2019
During the month, human rights defenders continued to document cases of administrative prosecution of peaceful protesters.
30.08.2019 Picks of the week
Viasna activist targeted by smear campaign in Svietlahorsk; teenagers face fines over rally to support rap star; activist suggests introducing agricultural troops in response to new evidence of forced labor in the army
29.08.2019 Belarus police detain Moscow protester
Nikita Chirtsov, a Russian national, has been detained in Minsk at the request of the Moscow law enforcement, according to ovdinfo.org, an independent human rights media project on political persecution in Russia.
27.08.2019 Belarus’ civil society calls for legal tools to combat domestic violence
The Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum has issued a statement urging government structures to “undertake a transparent and inclusive process for developing and adopting a comprehensive law to protect women and men, children and elderly people suffering from violence by relatives.”
23.08.2019 Picks of the week
College principal threatens student for intention to hold picket; Police is no social group, conclude experts in Paliyenka's case; Belongings of witnesses in trade unions case are seized for over two years; Siarhei Piatrukhin's property sequestered under police defamation case
22.08.2019 FIDH: Civil society - not repressive regimes - should discuss inequality at G7
FIDH and 68 of its member organisations around the world are surprised that the Elysée (the French presidency) invited states which are notorious for grave and systematic human rights violations, such as India and Egypt, and met with Russian president Vladimir Putin days before the summit.
19.08.2019 Analytical weekly report on the results of observation: August 12-17
Elections of deputies of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus of the seventh convocation
16.08.2019 Picks of the week
Activist calls for greater reform in accessibility standards at polling stations; Viasna activists write to UN Special Rapporteur to report new case of police-related violence; rights defenders complain about inhumane conditions in prison in Mahilioŭ
14.08.2019 Dzmitry Paliyenka case brought to trial
The case of former political prisoner and Amnesty International’s prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka has been submitted to the Minsk City Court. The trial will open in early September.