News on the topic: freedom of peaceful assembly

Belarus: New low as authorities slap solo LGBTI protester with fine for ‘mass’ protest

17.07.2018 Belarus: New low as authorities slap solo LGBTI protester with fine for ‘mass’ protest

The Belarusian authorities have hit an absurd new low in persecuting peaceful LGBTI activists, Amnesty International said today after a court in Minsk found Viktoria Biran guilty of violating a mass public assemblies law for posing alone for a photo with a poster.

Viasna writes to UN Special Rapporteur on peaceful assembly over July 3 arrests

10.07.2018 Viasna writes to UN Special Rapporteur on peaceful assembly over July 3 arrests

Aliaksei Loika, lawyer of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, has prepared a message to Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, to complain about the illegal arrest and detention of over 30 protesters and observers on July 3 in Minsk.

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.

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30.06.2018 Picks of the Week

Activists continue to picket a restaurant near the Minsk belt motorway, which many say infringes on the territory of a nearby mass grave of Stalin-time victims, popularly known as Kurapaty. The protesters prevent cars from entering the facility, sometimes risking their lives.

EaP CSF’s Belarusian National Platform defends protesters against controversial restaurant in Kurapaty

20.06.2018 EaP CSF’s Belarusian National Platform defends protesters against controversial restaurant in Kurapaty

The Belarusian National Platform of the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership has issued a statement to “express deep concern” over the construction and opening of the restaurant Poedem, Poedim next to the historical and cultural site Kurapaty in Minsk.

Legacy of Dark Days: Protesters penalized for honoring victims of Stalinist repression

19.06.2018 Legacy of Dark Days: Protesters penalized for honoring victims of Stalinist repression

The video created by the Human Rights Center "Viasna" highlights the stories of two activists from Minsk, 80-year-old Anton Vusovich and 66-year-old Vera Vakulovich. They were among a few dozen people who gathered on October 29, 2017 outside the KGB building in Minsk to participate in a memorial picket called Chain of Memory.

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15.06.2018 Picks of the Week

Activists protest opening restraurant next to memorial site; trade union leaders plea not guilty; authorities harass environmental campaigners

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08.06.2018 Picks of the Week

Journalists still under attack; Interior Ministry involved in homophobic row; cannabis-legalization campaigner spends 3 days in jail for fake protest

Protesters detained on May Day in Minsk

02.05.2018 Protesters detained on May Day in Minsk

At least nine people were arrested by the police before and during the protest in Minsk, which was organized by the REP Trade Union. The gathering had been authorized by the city administration.

Report on the monitoring of "Charnobyl Way" action on April 26, 2018 in Minsk

27.04.2018 Report on the monitoring of "Charnobyl Way" action on April 26, 2018 in Minsk

The traditional procession "Charnobyl Way", dedicated to the 32nd anniversary of the Chernobyl APP accident, was held on April 26, 2018 in Minsk.

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.

Report on monitoring the peaceful assemblies on March 25, 2018 in Minsk

27.03.2018 Report on monitoring the peaceful assemblies on March 25, 2018 in Minsk

On March 25, 2018 in Minsk, events timed to the centenary of the proclamation of the Belarusian People's Republic were held.

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.

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