News on the topic: freedom of association
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.
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.
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.
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.
29.09.2021 Human rights organizations urge Justice Ministry to withdraw liquidation lawsuit against BHC
Joint Letter to the Ministry of Justice in Belarus
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.
23.07.2021 Stop demolition of Belarus’s civil society!
In recent days, the authorities have taken steps to close numerous down civil society organizations.
17.02.2021 Statement on the unprecedented attack on Belarusian human rights defenders
Assistance to victims of reprisals is increasingly becoming a reason for criminal proceedings against Belarusians defending human rights.
17.02.2021 New reprisals against civil society activists underpin vicious crackdown on human rights
The Belarusian authorities have now set their sights on human rights defenders and journalists whose only crime has been to document the wave of gross human rights violations committed by security forces following last August’s contested presidential election.
16.02.2021 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders strongly condemns escalating crackdown on Belarusian activists
The Observatory strongly condemns the ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders and journalists and urges the authorities in Belarus to immediately put an end to the persecution and harassment, including at the judicial level, of the above-mentioned human rights defenders and journalists.
06.02.2021 Stop prosecution of human rights defenders!
Statement of the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum on the persecution of Siarhei Drazdouski and Aleh Hrableuski
05.02.2021 Freedom for Siarhei Drazdouski and Aleh Hrableuski!
Human rights defenders demand the immediate release of Siarhei Drazdouski and Aleh Hrableuski, activists of the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
04.02.2021 Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities under attack
Aleh Hrableuski and Siarhei Drazdouski from the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are facing fraud charges, after they were questioned by officers of the Investigative Committee. The NGO’s company lawyer Hrableuski was detained for 72 hours to await official charges, while Drazdouski, the Office’s leader and a wheelchair user himself, was placed under house arrest.
02.02.2021 STOP PRESSURE ON CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS IN CONNECTION TO THEIR RIGHT TO ACCESS TO FUNDING
Address by Belarusian civil society organisations
24.12.2020 The wave of new criminal cases against CSOs in Belarus is growing
Criminal charges and related investigations, searches and arrests have become the most serious problem for CSOs in Belarus now.