Human Rights Situation in Belarus: February 2021

03.03.2021 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: February 2021

The human rights situation in the country continued to deteriorate, indicating an even greater aggravation of the already profound human rights crisis.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2021

02.02.2021 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2021

Experts of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" note the continuing intensification of repression and further deterioration of the human rights crisis in the country.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus in 2020. Analytical Review by Viasna

08.01.2021 Human Rights Situation in Belarus in 2020. Analytical Review by Viasna

The 2020 repressions are unprecedented for the entire history of Belarus and testify to the profound human rights crisis in the country, which has led to the international isolation of Belarus and repeated sanctions by the EU, the U.S. and the UK.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2020

31.12.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: December 2020

Viasna experts note the continuation of the intensification of repressions and the further aggravation of the human rights crisis in the country. During the month, the country's authorities did not demonstrate their readiness to resolve the crisis and to engage in real dialogue with society.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2020

03.12.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2020

The authorities continued to actively prosecute citizens for political reasons. There are 146 political prisoners held in prisons, as their number continues to increase. A total of over 900 individuals have been targeted by criminal cases during the presidential campaign and in the post-election period.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: October 2020

02.11.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: October 2020

During the month, the authorities continued to routinely prosecute citizens for political reasons. There are 101 political prisoners at the moment, and the number continues to increase. The total number of people targeted by criminal cases in the election and post-election period is more than 700 people.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2020

02.10.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2020

During the month, the authorities actively applied criminal prosecution for political reasons. Seventy-four political prisoners continued to be held in detention, and the number continues to grow. The total number of citizens held in criminal cases during the electoral and post-electoral periods has reached 242.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: August 2020

02.09.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: August 2020

Viasna deplores the existence of a deep human rights crisis in the country, which affects almost every aspect of civil and political rights. The crisis has led to gross violations of the rights of thousands of citizens and requires immediate settlement, including with the intervention of international organizations.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2020

03.08.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2020

The presidential campaign takes place against the background of continuous repression, in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation of society. July was marked by a continued deterioration of the human rights situation in the country, which can be described as a crisis.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2020

02.07.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: June 2020

The election campaign is taking place against the background of continuous repressions, in an atmosphere of intimidation of society. In June, the overall human rights situation in the country deteriorated sharply.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2020

03.06.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: May 2020

May was marked by a sharp deterioration in the human rights situation and an increase in repression, which is due to the start of the presidential election campaign.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: April 2020

01.05.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: April 2020

The country’s human rights community voiced its particular concern over the government’s current policy to address the coronavirus pandemic crisis. Contrary to the WHO recommendations, the Belarusian authorities continue to conduct mass events, including the nationwide “subbotnik” (unpaid social labor day) and preparations for the May 9 military parade in Minsk, and refuse to introduce a quarantine in educational institutions.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2020

02.04.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2020

On March 5, financial police arrested Siarhei Satsuk, journalist and editor of the news site ej.by. According to available information, he is accused of committing a crime under part 2 of Art. 430 of the Criminal Code (receiving a bribe repeatedly or by extortion, or by a group of persons by prior conspiracy or in large amounts).

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: February 2020

04.03.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: February 2020

According to human rights defenders, in violation of the principles of a fair trial, Mikita Yemialyianau and Ivan Komar were sentenced to excessively cruel and disproportionate punishment. The human rights community called the convicts political prisoners and requested an immediate re-trial for both defendants.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2020

03.02.2020 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: January 2020

During the month, there were new trials of participants in the December protests against the so-called “advanced integration”. In total, according to the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, in January, administrative responsibility under Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code affected 92 people.

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