News on the topic: human rights

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2018

04.12.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: November 2018

On November 27, human rights defenders learned about the execution of death row inmates Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy.

“Stopping more brutal affronts and violations” in Belarus

20.11.2018 “Stopping more brutal affronts and violations” in Belarus

Reflecting on his six years as UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus, as his tenure come to an end, Miklós Haraszti recalls “fighting an uphill battle” in the mandate, but how ultimately it has ensured international scrutiny of the human rights situation and provided a bulwark against some of the worst violations.

UN HRC publishes concluding observations on Belarus

05.11.2018 UN HRC publishes concluding observations on Belarus

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has published its Concluding observations adopted following the consideration of Belarus’s fifth periodic report on 8 and 9 October.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: October 2018

02.11.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: October 2018

On October 24, political prisoner and Amnesty International’s prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka was released from penal colony number 2 in Babrujsk after serving his entire sentence of nearly 2 years in prison.

Picks of the Week

26.10.2018 Picks of the Week

More activists convicted over environmental protest in Brest; government employees "assist" farmers to harvest crops; Amnesty International welcomes the release of Dzmitry Paliyenka

‘Deteriorating’ human rights in Belarus amounts to ‘wholescale oppression’: UN expert

26.10.2018 ‘Deteriorating’ human rights in Belarus amounts to ‘wholescale oppression’: UN expert

A crackdown on free speech is the latest worrying development amid the deteriorating, “wholescale oppression” of human rights in Belarus, an independent expert told the UN General Assembly, on Thursday.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2018

01.10.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2018

September saw the resumption of a long-standing practice of sending government employees and students to harvest crops, while these the functions are not stipulated by their employment contracts.

Anaïs Marin of France appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus

29.09.2018 Anaïs Marin of France appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus

The United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed Anaïs Marin of France as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus. The decision was taken on September 28, the last day of the Council’s 39th session.

Invitation to the presentation of an alternative human rights report

26.09.2018 Invitation to the presentation of an alternative human rights report

The report will be presented on Monday, October 1.

Ales Bialiatski: Belarus will continue systemic repression of social and political activists

13.09.2018 Ales Bialiatski: Belarus will continue systemic repression of social and political activists

On September 13, the Belarusian House in Warsaw organized a round table “Belarus - Repression Behind the “Liberalization” Façade” as part of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM 2018).

HDIM 2018: What representatives of Belarusian NGOs told in Warsaw?

12.09.2018 HDIM 2018: What representatives of Belarusian NGOs told in Warsaw?

On September 12, Warsaw hosted a side event on the current situation of civil and political rights in Belarus. The event entitled “The current situation of civil and political rights in Belarus: first-hand information from inside" was held in the framework of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM 2018).

First-hand Information From Inside Belarus: Invitation to a Side-event on 12 September, Warsaw

11.09.2018 First-hand Information From Inside Belarus: Invitation to a Side-event on 12 September, Warsaw

On 12 September 2018, FIDH shall take part in a side-event that it organises together with Belarusian civil society organisations in the framework of the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM). Speakers will raise issues of the latest attacks on independent media and independent trade unions, developments around the application of death penalty and legislation placing lawyers under the control of the executive.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: August 2018

04.09.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: August 2018

The month was marked by a significant deterioration of the human rights situation in Belarus.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2018

02.08.2018 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: July 2018

During the month, there were numerous cases of pressure on independent journalists and bloggers, freelancers, as well as arrests and administrative detention of peaceful protesters.

UN Human Rights Council adopts critical resolution on Belarus, renews country mandate

06.07.2018 UN Human Rights Council adopts critical resolution on Belarus, renews country mandate

The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on the situation of human rights in Belarus at its 38th session in Geneva and renewed the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Belarus.

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