News on the topic: OSCE
09.01.2024 OSCE: decision not to invite its observers to the elections contradicts Belarus' international commitments
"It will prevent the country’s citizens and institutions from benefiting from an impartial, transparent, and comprehensive assessment".
17.11.2023 International Day of Solidarity with Belarus: Joint statement to the OSCE
The UK and others issue a statement to the OSCE's Permanent Council on the human rights situation in Belarus, calling for immediate release of all political prisoners.
11.10.2023 "Why can't it be done in Belarus when it's possible in other places?" OSCE conference addressed the issue of freeing political prisoners in Belarus
On October 10, the Viasna Human Rights Center arranged a side event within OSCE Human Dimension Conference to discuss the current situation of political prisoners in Belarus and their potential release.
09.10.2023 "We must look for ways to free our colleagues." Persecution of human rights defenders in Belarus discussed at OSCE conference
The annual OSCE Conference on the Human Dimension, Europe's largest conference on human rights and democracy, is being held in Warsaw from October 2 to 13.
25.05.2023 Pavel Sapelka: “Belarusians are victims of apparent abuses of power”
Viasna lawyer comments on the latest Moscow Mechanism report on human rights violations in Belarus presented by OSCE.
24.04.2023 "Torture has become commonplace in Belarus." Belarusian HRDs visit OSCE conference
Belarusian human rights activists also spoke at the event "Belarus. Serious violations of human rights and the next Moscow Mechanism report".
05.10.2022 Nadzeya Luchanok at the OSCE conference: “Our main goal is the release of all political prisoners”
Political prisoners in Belarus have been a topic of a side event at the OSCE Warsaw Human Dimension Conference, the largest European conference on human rights and democracy.
13.09.2022 “This is absolute cynicism”: Viasna member reported to Venice Commission and OSCE ODIHR about freedom of association in Belarus
Round Table “Civil society: empowerment and accountability” took place in Strasbourg. Viasna member Natallia Satsunkevich introduced the general situation in Belarus with freedom of association.
13.05.2022 EU Statement on political repression and the death penalty in Belarus
On May 12, the OSCE Permanent Council issued a statement on political repression and the death penalty in Belarus
22.11.2021 HRDs call on ODIHR to protect Russia's Memorial HRC and Memorial International ahead of liquidation hearing
Public call by human rights and other organizations in the OSCE region due to the intention of the Russian authorities to wind up two oldest human rights organizations in the country
05.11.2021 Human rights in Belarus: 35 OSCE states invoke Vienna Mechanism
UK Ambassador Bush delivers a statement on behalf of 35 OSCE states to invoke the Vienna Mechanism in relation to serious human rights violations in Belarus.
07.07.2021 OSCE PA condemned Belarus' authorities for countering dissent
Among the issues debated at the session of the OSCE PA, a resolution on “The general approach to dissent in Belarus” was adopted.
20.05.2021 OSCE PA human rights leaders decry harassment of Belarusian independent media
In response to the developments, Kyriakos Hadjiyianni (Cyprus), Michael Georg Link (Germany) and Kari Henriksen (Norway) issued a joint statement.
17.11.2020 Escalating police violence in Belarus unacceptable, says OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President, urging investigations
With widespread protests ongoing in Belarus for more than 100 days, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President George Tsereteli reacted to increasing reports of excessive and disproportionate force by law enforcement. Police have reportedly used flash grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas, the President noted, and more than 1,200 people were detained on Sunday after demonstrations commemorating the death of protester Raman Bandarenka, a 31-year old activist who died in a hospital last week after reportedly being beaten by security forces.
13.11.2020 Impunity for human rights abuses in Belarus must end, OSCE human rights office says
As pervasive violations of OSCE commitments and international human rights obligations in Belarus continue, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) calls on the country’s authorities to end impunity of those responsible for human rights violations, up to and including deaths, and hold them to account.