News on the topic: Belarus
12.08.2013 “Paperwork in Belarusian!” launches a campaign for an extensive use of the Belarusian language in lawsuits
As a part of the nationwide campaign "Let's do better!", the Civil Initiative "Paperwork in Belarusian!" launched a campaign to extend the use of the Belarusian language in civil court proceedings.
06.08.2013 Installment of monument to Kalinouski is not provided by state concept
The initiator of the campaign for its establishment, Aleh Korban, received a response from the deputy chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee, the head of the pro-government Communist Party Ihar Karpenka.
17.06.2013 Salidarnasts launches Week of Political Prisoner campaign
The Committee for the Protection of the Repressed Salidarnasts launched today an information campaign of solidarity with political prisoners in Belarus under the name Week of Political Prisoner.
12.06.2013 Report of UN Special Rapporteur on situation in Belarus Miklos Haraszti
The report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, Miklos Haraszti, was presented on 4 June at the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council held in Geneva from 27 May to 14 June.
06.06.2013 Students protest: stage for Culture University remains unfinished for 6 years already
Since its inception, the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts hasn't had its own stage, where students, including those who are prepared to work in the theaters, could show their skills or just rehearse. A student of the Faculty of the Belarusian traditional culture and contemporary art decided to influence this situation and appealed for public support. And already had some success.
20.05.2013 International Ice Hockey Federation at risk of legitimizing human rights violations in Belarus
We have learned that the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has confirmed at its general congress in Stockholm 16-19 May that the Republic of Belarus will host the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
30.04.2013 Viasna joins campaign of solidarity with Russia’s civil society
If challenging times are coming to Russia now, it is the time to pay attention to it, to support civil society groups and activists of Russia, to come together and to prove that the international civil society is alive and common values are more important for it than the borders between our countries.
30.04.2013 April 30 — International Day of Solidarity with Russian Civil Society
Nowadays Russian and international civil society face a great challenge. Russian civil society needs our help and international solidarity!
24.04.2013 FIDH launches new website to support Belarusian civil society
Time moves on, but the situation of human rights and civil society in Belarus remains dramatic. Ales Bialiatski, Vice-president of FIDH and President of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, is still in jail along with numerous other political prisoners; all continue to be subjected to further harassment even behind bars. To shed light on this intolerable situation, FIDH has launched a new version of the http://freeales.fidh.net website. This site will inform and mobilise the international community loudly speaking out for the Belarusian civil society, which continues its courageous work despite the on-going pressure.
23.02.2013 UN launches worldwide campaign to support journalists
On February 22, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the safety of journalists and announced the launch of a grassroots campaign “A Day Without News.” The campaign aims at drawing attention to the journalists who have been intimidated, arrested and prosecuted, the UN News Centre reports.
21.02.2013 Jailed Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab needs our solidarity!
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), which has repeatedly supported Belarusian human rights defenders through the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, is urging us today to support Nabeel Rajab, our colleague from Bahrain, imprisoned for calls in defense of the right to peaceful assembly.
12.02.2013 "Indifference kills" trilogy (video)
A number of actions aimed at the abolishment of the death penalty is conducted within the framework of the "Human Rights Defenders Against Death Penalty" campaign. One of the directions of activism is informing the public that Belarus is the last country of Europe and on the post-Soviet space where this barbarian kind of punishment is still used.
29.01.2013 Brest activists campaign for return to practice of public debate
The Brest-based “Humanitarny Most” (“Humanitarian Bridge”) cultural and educational association supports calls by other non-government organizations to secure the right of citizens to participate in decision-making relating to the development and improvement of towns and cities.
25.01.2013 BAJ Petitions to Change Media Law in Belarus
On January 22 Zhanna Litvina and Andrei Bastunets referred BAJ’s recommendations on the “Law on mass media” to representatives of the National Assembly.
24.01.2013 Mahiliou KGB unwilling to return camcorder seized after December 2010 events
Zmitser Salauyou, leader of Mahiliou regional office of the Belarusian Popular Front “Adradzhenne”, has received another response to his request to return his camcorder confiscated following the December 2010 post-election protest. This time the politician was advised to look for it in Minsk’s office of the Investigative Committee. Zmitser Salauyou is outraged by the attitude of special services.