News on the topic: freedom of association

Ivan Murauyou and Yauhen Merkis recognized as political prisoners

21.09.2022 Ivan Murauyou and Yauhen Merkis recognized as political prisoners

Joint statement of the Belarusian human rights community

“This is absolute cynicism”: Viasna member reported to Venice Commission and OSCE ODIHR about freedom of association in Belarus

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.

Freedom Day in shackles. Why March 25 is a special day for human rights defenders

25.03.2022 Freedom Day in shackles. Why March 25 is a special day for human rights defenders

March 25 is not only historical landmark, but also busy day for lawyers, volunteers, and journalists

'They beat him slightly, striking him in body and in face': another account on ill-treatment of detained protesters

22.03.2022 'They beat him slightly, striking him in body and in face': another account on ill-treatment of detained protesters

Witness talks about torture and conditions in detention centers of Minsk and Žodzina

Two more people convicted over “dance protest” in Brest

18.03.2022 Two more people convicted over “dance protest” in Brest

Overall, 116 people have already been convicted in this case

Authorities to re-impose criminal charges for unregistered organizations and administrative liability for raising money for fines

11.01.2022 Authorities to re-impose criminal charges for unregistered organizations and administrative liability for raising money for fines

Viasna lawyer: This norm is aimed at restricting the rights and freedoms

“Failed to register Viasna as a tax agent”: Why are the three human rights defenders kept behind bars for four months?

14.11.2021 “Failed to register Viasna as a tax agent”: Why are the three human rights defenders kept behind bars for four months?

Today marks four months since Ales Bialiatski, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, his deputy Valiantsin Stefanovich and the organization’s lawyer Uladzimir Labkovich, were remanded in custody at pre-trial prison No. 1 in Minsk.

Viasna strongly protests sentencing of Leanid Sudalenka and Tatsiana Lasitsa

04.11.2021 Viasna strongly protests sentencing of Leanid Sudalenka and Tatsiana Lasitsa

Statement by the Human Rights Center "Viasna"

Reprisals against Belarusian civil society must stop - CoE Commissioner for Human Rights

04.11.2021 Reprisals against Belarusian civil society must stop - CoE Commissioner for Human Rights

The verdicts further aggravate a situation that had already reached alarming levels, with the recent liquidation of the remaining registered human rights NGOs.

PACE President condemns recent reprisals against civil society and human rights defenders in Belarus

29.10.2021 PACE President condemns recent reprisals against civil society and human rights defenders in Belarus

The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Rik Daems, has strongly condemned recent reprisals against civil society and human rights defenders in Belarus.

Joint statement of Belarusian human rights organizations on violations of freedom of association and pressure on human rights organizations

07.10.2021 Joint statement of Belarusian human rights organizations on violations of freedom of association and pressure on human rights organizations

To date, we know about the forced liquidation of more than 250 civil society organizations. Among them there are numerous human rights organizations.

Remaining human rights organisations liquidated in Belarus

06.10.2021 Remaining human rights organisations liquidated in Belarus

The Belarusian Helsinki Committee, Legal Initiative, and ‘Zvyano’ have joined over 270 other NGOs that Belarus’ authorities shut down since July this year.

Supreme Court liquidates Belarusian Helsinki Committee

01.10.2021 Supreme Court liquidates Belarusian Helsinki Committee

The Supreme Court ordered today to liquidate the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the oldest human rights organization of Belarus. BHC disagreed with the decision, saying that it was based on inadmissible evidence.

Human rights organizations urge Justice Ministry to withdraw liquidation lawsuit against BHC

29.09.2021 Human rights organizations urge Justice Ministry to withdraw liquidation lawsuit against BHC

Joint Letter to the Ministry of Justice in Belarus

Purge of human rights organizations and other civic groups forces them to go underground or in exile

29.07.2021 Purge of human rights organizations and other civic groups forces them to go underground or in exile

In July 2021, the Belarusian authorities liquidated or started the liquidation process of more than 80 civic organisations.

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