News on the topic: freedom of peaceful assembly

Arbitrary detention and false prosecution of political opponents continue, UN expert says

17.11.2017 Arbitrary detention and false prosecution of political opponents continue, UN expert says

The recent arrests and detention of two political opponents on fabricated grounds is another demonstration of the cyclical system of oppression in Belarus, according to Miklós Haraszti, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus.

Niakliayeu is the first victim of ‘ruthless liberalization’

02.11.2017 Niakliayeu is the first victim of ‘ruthless liberalization’

The court of Lieninski district of Minsk sentenced yesterday opposition leader Uladzimir Niakliayeu to 10 days of administrative detention, finding him guilty of violating Article 23.34 of the Administrative Code (breaching demonstration rules).

Opposition leaders Niakliayeu and Statkevich in jail again

01.11.2017 Opposition leaders Niakliayeu and Statkevich in jail again

Opposition leader Uladzimir Niakliayeu has been sentenced to 10 days of administrative detention allegedly calling to join a protest entitled “March of Angry Belarusians 2.0” in a publication on charter97.org website.

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.

Participants of Human Rights Forum call to release detained activists

21.10.2017 Participants of Human Rights Forum call to release detained activists

We, participants of the 4th Belarusian Human Rights Forum, strongly protest against the pre-emptive detention of activists ahead of the protest “March of Angry Belarusians", which was held today, October 21, in Kastryčnickaja Square in Minsk.

Mikalai Statkevich gets another 5 days in jail

26.09.2017 Mikalai Statkevich gets another 5 days in jail

Opposition politician Mikalai Statkevich has been sentenced to 5 days of administrative detention for his involvement in an illegal rally on September 8 in Minsk.

Statkevich's wife: "Mikalai in jail again"

28.08.2017 Statkevich's wife: "Mikalai in jail again"

According to official information provided by the court of Minsk’s Maskoŭski District Court, opposition leader Mikalai Statkevich has been sentenced to 5 days of administrative detention. The politician was penalized for participating an unauthorized protest on March 30. The court ruling was issued on May 15 and entered into force on May 23. At the same time, the sentence was a complete surprise for Statkevich, who knew nothing about the charges and the court's decision.

Amnesty International: Dzmitry Paliyenka is a prisoner of conscience

24.08.2017 Amnesty International: Dzmitry Paliyenka is a prisoner of conscience

Amnesty International believes that Dzmitry Paliyenka has been targeted by the authorities because of his peaceful activism and, as such, that he is a prisoner of conscience. Amnesty International urges the Belarusian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release him.

Another student expelled over opposition activity

13.07.2017 Another student expelled over opposition activity

Mikalai Lohvinau, activist of the Belarusian Popular Front’s youth wing, has been expelled from the Minsk State Polytechnic College, the Association of Belarusian Students said.

Russia: Mass arrests tighten authorities’ stranglehold on freedom of expression

13.06.2017 Russia: Mass arrests tighten authorities’ stranglehold on freedom of expression

A crackdown on peaceful protests across Russia in which hundreds of people were arrested and numerous others beaten by police demonstrates the authorities’ utter contempt for fundamental human rights, Amnesty International said today.

Analytical review of detention conditions and treatement of persons convicted of involvement in peaceful protests in March 2017

31.05.2017 Analytical review of detention conditions and treatement of persons convicted of involvement in peaceful protests in March 2017

The peaceful demonstrators sentenced to administrative detention in Minsk were held in conditions that are contrary to the state’s obligations enshrined in the Constitution and international treaties. Such conditions of detention are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment prohibited by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Activists harassed over solidarity with political prisoner

25.05.2017 Activists harassed over solidarity with political prisoner

Former political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau and Viasna’s volunteer Anisiya Hurskaya will have to appear at the police department on suspicion of involvement in an illegal protest.

Courts convict May Day protesters

03.05.2017 Courts convict May Day protesters

The Court of Minsk’s Centraĺny district convicted yesterday several participants in a May 1 protest held in the central Kastryčnickaja Square.

Monitoring report on the street action on 1 May in Minsk

02.05.2017 Monitoring report on the street action on 1 May in Minsk

On 1 May a street action took place in Minsk. It was announced as a festive meeting dedicated to Labour Day.

Several people detained in May Day protests across Belarus

02.05.2017 Several people detained in May Day protests across Belarus

At least 15 people were detained by the police before and after yesterday’s protests held across Belarus, including opposition leaders Mikalai Statkevich and Pavel Seviarynets.

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