News on the topic: freedom of peaceful assembly

380 detained on Day 106 of post-election protests

23.11.2020 380 detained on Day 106 of post-election protests

At least 379 protesters were detained yesterday in Minsk and other cities of Belarus, according to Viasna’s database. Only a few were released, while most are expected to stand administrative trials in the coming days.

Convicted protesters lose appeal in “resisting arrest” trial

20.11.2020 Convicted protesters lose appeal in “resisting arrest” trial

The Minsk City Court upheld today the sentences of imprisonment earlier handed down to two protesters arrested on charges of using violence when resisting arrest at an election rally. The sentences were condemned as politically motivated by the country’s human rights community.

Over 1,000 detained again in Sunday protests

16.11.2020 Over 1,000 detained again in Sunday protests

At least 1,127 protesters were detained yesterday across Belarus, as riot police and other law enforcement officers violently dispersed a dozen protests, including the 14th consecutive weekly demonstration in Minsk since the August 9 presidential election.

Violations continuing against Belarus protesters, UN human rights office warns

14.11.2020 Violations continuing against Belarus protesters, UN human rights office warns

More than three months on from the disputed presidential election in Belarus, the Belarusian Government continues to “wield the machinery of the State to commit human rights violations”, the Spokesperson for the UN human rights office warned on Friday.

Nearly 1,000 criminal cases: Aftermath of presidential election and post-election protests

12.11.2020 Nearly 1,000 criminal cases: Aftermath of presidential election and post-election protests

Over 900 persons in Belarus have been targeted by criminal charges related to the August 9 presidential election and the post-election protests that followed, according to Viasna’s estimates.

Three months after, still no justice for people who died in protests

11.11.2020 Three months after, still no justice for people who died in protests

In August, within days of one another, three people were laid to rest after attending post-election protests that were met with police violence and non-lethal weapons. In Minsk, Aliaksandr Taraikouski died from a rubber bullet wound. Henadz Shutau from Brest died a few days later under similar circumstances. Aliaksandr Vikhor from Homieĺ was detained, and three days later, the young man died in hospital.

Amnesty International: Arrest of over 1,000 protesters "takes the human rights crisis in Belarus to a new level"

10.11.2020 Amnesty International: Arrest of over 1,000 protesters "takes the human rights crisis in Belarus to a new level"

More than 1,000 people arrested in a single day of peaceful protests amid escalating repression of rights

Over 1,000 protesters detained amid violent dispersals

09.11.2020 Over 1,000 protesters detained amid violent dispersals

Over 1,000 peaceful protesters were detained yesterday, mostly in Minsk and in other cities of Belarus, as riot police and other law enforcement forces violently dispersed a dozen demonstrations. The Minsk protest was the thirteenth consecutive Sunday assembly held since the August 9 election.

Amnesty International condemns Belarus's decision to unleash mass criminal proceedings against hundreds of peaceful protesters

04.11.2020 Amnesty International condemns Belarus's decision to unleash mass criminal proceedings against hundreds of peaceful protesters

The Belarusian authorities clearly fear freedom of peaceful assembly in the country, and are now criminalizing it wholesale, by attempting to prosecute 231 detained protesters in one single case.

231 named suspects in new “rioting” case

02.11.2020 231 named suspects in new “rioting” case

The Investigative Committee says 231 people detained after yesterday’s protest in Minsk are suspects in a criminal case of “breaching public order.”

Global movement calls on authorities to stop crackdown on peaceful protest

28.10.2020 Global movement calls on authorities to stop crackdown on peaceful protest

Amnesty International has informed the Belarusian authorities that the organization has collected about 191,000 signatures from supporters calling for an end to the crackdown on peaceful protests and accountability for police abuses. The petition was launched ahead of Belarus’s 9 August presidential election amid mounting violations against protesters.

Over 500 detained in protests across Belarus

26.10.2020 Over 500 detained in protests across Belarus

Over 500 protesters were detained in some twenty demonstrations held yesterday in various parts of Belarus, including 160 persons in Minsk, the Interior Ministry said. 350 persons will stand administrative trials, it added.

240 detained in Sunday March of Partisans

19.10.2020 240 detained in Sunday March of Partisans

At least 242 people were detained at yesterday’s series of protests, jointly named the March of Partisans. The demonstrations were held in a dozen Belarusian cities on Day 71 of post-election protests.

What peaceful protesting is like in Belarus: Husband facing criminal charges, wife and children flee country

16.10.2020 What peaceful protesting is like in Belarus: Husband facing criminal charges, wife and children flee country

A man in Homieĺ is facing five years in prison for allegedly resisting the actions of police officers at a protest held on September 27, gomelspring.org said.

600 detained in violent dispersal of Sunday protests

12.10.2020 600 detained in violent dispersal of Sunday protests

Some 600 people were detained following yesterday’s protests held in Minsk and other cities of Belarus. Most of them were arrested in the capital during the violent dispersal of a peaceful gathering in central Minsk in the afternoon and a series of smaller protests held in the city’s districts in the evening.

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