News on the topic: freedom of expression

Viasna asks UN Special Rapporteur to intercede for LGBT activist Vika Biran

06.08.2018 Viasna asks UN Special Rapporteur to intercede for LGBT activist Vika Biran

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" has written to Mr. David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, asking him to intervene in the case of LGBTQ+ activist Vika Biran, who was convicted for publicly expressing her civil position towards a homophobic article posted on the official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Picks of the Week

27.07.2018 Picks of the Week

Freedom of expression is still severely curtailed in Belarus. This includes repressions against journalists and vocal critics of the regime.

Human rights activists call for open trial of columnists charged with inciting ethnic hatred

01.11.2017 Human rights activists call for open trial of columnists charged with inciting ethnic hatred

The Belarusian Association of Journalists, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" have issued a joint statement to demand an open hearing of the criminal charges brought against Yury Paulavets, Dzmitry Alimkin, and Siarhei Shyptsenka.

Expert analysis of the prosecution of Viachaslau Kasinerau

31.03.2017 Expert analysis of the prosecution of Viachaslau Kasinerau

On March 28, it was reported that activist Viachaslau Kasinerau, who was serving a 15-day administrative detention for participation in a demonstration on February 17 in Minsk, was charged with an offense under Part 1, Art. 339 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism). The activist was taken into custody and transferred to the Interior Ministry’s pre-trial prison in Minsk.

Belarus: UN Expert Decries Return Of Mass Violence Against Peaceful Protestors, Demands Release Of All Detained

29.03.2017 Belarus: UN Expert Decries Return Of Mass Violence Against Peaceful Protestors, Demands Release Of All Detained

The Special Rapporteur on human rights in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, has expressed dismay over the Government’s open return to the policy of violent mass repression against peaceful demonstrators, non-governmental organizations, journalists and political opponents, and is calling on the authorities of Belarus to stop harassment and violence.

Stop whipping up hysteria and atmosphere of fear in the Belarusian society and ensure respect for human rights

24.03.2017 Stop whipping up hysteria and atmosphere of fear in the Belarusian society and ensure respect for human rights

A joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community. 24 March 2017, Minsk

48 organizations from 24 countries "strongly condemn the continuing wave of detentions and harassment" in Belarus

23.03.2017 48 organizations from 24 countries "strongly condemn the continuing wave of detentions and harassment" in Belarus

We, 48 undersigned organizations from 24 countries, strongly condemn the continuing wave of detentions and harassment of peaceful protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, anarchists and opposition party members in Belarus.

UN Special Rapporteurs concerned about recurring violence against demonstrators in Belarus

15.03.2017 UN Special Rapporteurs concerned about recurring violence against demonstrators in Belarus

Belarus is being urged by a UN human rights expert to stop acts of violence and harassment against demonstrators and to respect freedom of peaceful assembly.

UN Human Rights Committee registers complaint in ‘father for daughter’ case

13.01.2016 UN Human Rights Committee registers complaint in ‘father for daughter’ case

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint submitted by Aliaksandr Protska, a resident of Homieĺ who attempted to stage a protest against the charges his daughter faced for alleged human trafficking. The communication has been sent to the State for comments on the merits.

28.10.2015 Freedom House: Belarus Has Most Non-Free Internet in Europe

The US non-governmental organisation Freedom House has published its annual report on Internet Freedom worldwide.

Miklós Haraszti: “No tangible signs of improvement with regard to the enjoyment of the right to freedom of expression”

28.10.2015 Miklós Haraszti: “No tangible signs of improvement with regard to the enjoyment of the right to freedom of expression”

On October 29, Miklós Haraszti, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, is expected to present a report on freedom of expression in Belarus at a session of the UN General Assembly.

13.10.2015 Half-day detention for "Long Live Belarus!"

Two young city dwellers spent almost twelve hours at a police station in Žlobin. Last night they painted “Long live Belarus!" on the asphalt in Paliavaja Street.

Organizers and participants of rally against Russian airbase are summoned to court

08.10.2015 Organizers and participants of rally against Russian airbase are summoned to court

October 4, a rally against the deployment of a Russian airbase was held in central Minsk.

Results of expert examination of “Viasna” report on situation of human rights in Belarus for 2014 still unknown after six months

07.10.2015 Results of expert examination of “Viasna” report on situation of human rights in Belarus for 2014 still unknown after six months

March 13, 2015, Ašmiany customs officers seized more than 40 copies of the brochure “Situation of Human Rights in Belarus in 2014. Review-Chronicle” from the Smarhoń human rights activist Ales Dzerhachou while he was crossing the border.

Belarusian Social Democratic Party denied in holding rally on Day of Struggle for Decent Working Conditions

07.10.2015 Belarusian Social Democratic Party denied in holding rally on Day of Struggle for Decent Working Conditions

This was reported by the Chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) Aliaksei Sihayeu.

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