News on the topic: human rights defenders
11.12.2019 Ales Bialiatski wins Franco-German prize for human rights and rule of law
Ales Bialiatski, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, has been awarded the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law in 2019, the embassies of France and Germany in Belarus said.
10.12.2019 Winners of National Human Rights Award announced in Minsk
The National Human Rights Prize has been awarded today at a ceremony in Minsk held to mark the World Human Rights Day.
10.12.2019 In Quest for More Equal Societies, Those Who Defend Human Rights Are Key Agents of Change
Address by Alice Mogwe, FIDH President, on Human Rights Day
24.10.2019 Viasna’s Valiantsin Stefanovich elected FIDH vice-president
The 40th World Congress of the International Federation for Human Rights has completed its work in Taiwan with the election of president and vice-presidents. Alice Mogwe, a human rights lawyer from Botswana, has been elected FIDH President for the next three years. She previously served as the organization’s secretary-general.
27.09.2019 OSCE HDIM 2019: Belarus in focus
The OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Europe's largest annual human rights and democracy conference, is closing today in Warsaw, following two weeks of discussions that brought together hundreds of activists and policy-makers.
23.05.2019 We can see dialogue beginning, UNHRC expert says
On May 23, the Minsk-based Territory of Rights event space hosted a follow-up meeting on the concluding observations adopted by the UN Human Rights Committee after the consideration of Belarus’s fifth periodic report in October 2018.
22.04.2019 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders condemns Brest arrests
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Mr. Uladzimir Vialichkin, an environmental rights defender and member of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” (HRC “Viasna”), as well as other 17 environmental defenders, in the context of the repression of an environmental protest movement against the construction of a battery plant in Brest.
17.04.2019 Michel Forst: “I’m sure I’ll find ways to protect human rights defenders until the end of my life”
On April 16, Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, met with representatives of the Belarusian human rights community as part of his academic visit to Minsk.
15.04.2019 Viasna member detained among protests in Brest
At least 10 people, including human rights activist Uladzimir Vialichkin, were arrested on Friday in Brest for their alleged involvement in a series of rallies protesting the construction of a battery factory, which local environmental groups view as a potential hazard for the city.
21.02.2019 New Amnesty International report: crackdown on CSOs persists in Belarus
The new report Laws Designed to Silence: The Global Crackdown on Civil Society Organizations reveals the startling number of countries that are using bullying techniques and repressive regulations to prevent NGOs from doing their vital work, including in Belarus.
21.02.2019 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders urges Belarus to stop harassment of Brest activists
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders issued an urgent appeal to stop the persecution of environmental activists in Brest.
06.02.2019 Oyub Titiev: How absurd a trial could get!
FIDH: Why the charges of drug possession against Chechen human rights defender Oyub Titiev are trumped up.
11.12.2018 Campaigners against the death penalty win national human rights prize
Belarusian human rights defenders marked the International Human Rights Day by awarding the 10th annual National Human Rights Prize. The ceremony was hosted by the newly opened education space “Territory of Rights.”
26.11.2018 Three days in Chechnya: mission of solidarity with Oyub Titiev
Last week, Chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski and human rights activist Siarhei Sys visited Chechnya to witness the trial of Oyub Titiev, head of Memorial’s Grozny branch, which has been underway for four months in the town of Shali. The human rights activist is accused of illegal possession of drugs and may be imprisoned to 10 years.
16.11.2018 Observatory condemns harassment of Viasna activist Ales Burakou
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.