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Prosecutor General’s Office blind to police abuse in Mahilioŭ Roma raids

26.06.2019 Prosecutor General’s Office blind to police abuse in Mahilioŭ Roma raids

A working group created to investigate reports of police brutality during a major raid on Roma houses in Mahilioŭ and several other cities on May 16 found no “illegal actions or abuse of power,” Deputy Prosecutor General Aliaksei Stuk said at a press conference on June 25.

Human rights defenders: Crime has no nationality

17.05.2019 Human rights defenders: Crime has no nationality

On May 16, police officers raided dozens of Roma houses in Mahilioŭ, after a local road policeman, Yauhen Patapovich, was abducted and murdered outside the city.

Viasna member detained among protests in Brest

15.04.2019 Viasna member detained among protests in Brest

At least 10 people, including human rights activist Uladzimir Vialichkin, were arrested on Friday in Brest for their alleged involvement in a series of rallies protesting the construction of a battery factory, which local environmental groups view as a potential hazard for the city.

15 detained in Kurapaty confrontation

05.04.2019 15 detained in Kurapaty confrontation

At least 15 persons were arrested yesterday during a spontaneous protest in the Minsk-based Kurapaty forest, after opposition activists attempted to prevent the demolition of several dozen wooden crosses near the site of Stalin-era mass executions.

Freedom Day celebrations marred by excessive police interference

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.

Viasna observers arrested ahead of banned protest in Minsk

04.07.2018 Viasna observers arrested ahead of banned protest in Minsk

Five observers of Viasna and BHC’s joint monitoring service #ControlBY were briefly detained in Minsk yesterday afternoon ahead of a protest announced by opposition leader Mikalai Statkevich.

Belarus: Human rights defenders arrested

30.03.2018 Belarus: Human rights defenders arrested

On 25 March 2018, six human rights defenders Maxim Kovalev, Tatyana Mastykina, Andrei Krechko, Anna Sakhankova, Anastasia Vasilchuk and Nasta Loiko, all members of The Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, were arrested in Minsk near Yakub Kolas Square for observing a public event

Belarus: UN expert calls for end to rights abuses and deplores State repression 

29.03.2018 Belarus: UN expert calls for end to rights abuses and deplores State repression 

A new wave of arbitrary arrests, the use of the death penalty and violations of media freedom in Belarus have prompted a UN expert to call on the authorities there to respect their human rights obligations and implement recommendations made over the past two decades.

Belarus: Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of seven observers of Viasna and BHC, and obstacles to the right to peaceful assembly

28.03.2018 Belarus: Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of seven observers of Viasna and BHC, and obstacles to the right to peaceful assembly

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Human rights defenders condemn mass detentions ahead and during peaceful assemblies on March 25, 2018

26.03.2018 Human rights defenders condemn mass detentions ahead and during peaceful assemblies on March 25, 2018

We, representatives of Belarusian human rights organizations, strongly condemn the preemptive detentions of activists throughout the country on the eve of mass events in honor of the centenary of the proclamation of the Belarusian People’s Republic, as well as during and after these peaceful assemblies.

Viasna observers, protesters, journalists detained in Minsk and across country

25.03.2018 Viasna observers, protesters, journalists detained in Minsk and across country

Six observers of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” have been detained by the police in Minsk’s central Yakub Kolas Square, which was expected to host an illegal protest by Mikalai Statkevich’s associates. The opposition politician himself was detained earlier this morning and sent to serve 10 days of administrative detention.

Opposition leaders held ahead of March 25 celebrations

21.03.2018 Opposition leaders held ahead of March 25 celebrations

Several leaders of the Belarusian political opposition have been detained today, including Uladzimir Niakliayeu and Viachaslau Siuchyk.

Opposition leader Mikalai Statkevich briefly detained at border checkpoint

12.12.2017 Opposition leader Mikalai Statkevich briefly detained at border checkpoint

Belarusian border officers have detained Mikalai Statkevich, leader of the opposition National Congress, as he was leaving the country together with his wife Maryna Adamovich this morning.

Activists fined over picket in Barysaŭ

31.10.2017 Activists fined over picket in Barysaŭ

Human rights activist Aleh Matskevich was detained by Barysaŭ police last afternoon, as he was picketing to demand the resignation of Defense Minister Andrei Raukou and prosecution of all those responsible for the death of conscript Aliaksandr Korzhych in a military unit near the city earlier this month. The picket was joined by local opposition activist Ales Abramovich, who was also detained.

Viasna’s volunteer briefly detained by border guards

23.10.2017 Viasna’s volunteer briefly detained by border guards

Anisiya Kazliuk, an activist of the volunteer service of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", was detained by border guards as she was returning from Lithuania in the evening of October 22.

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