News on the topic: trade unions
11.10.2023 What happened to political prisoners between September 26 and October 10
Viasna provides a weekly overview of the latest news on political prisoners.
06.01.2023 Rights defenders demand the release independent trade union leaders
Trade union leaders were sentenced in political retaliation for their peaceful actions to protect the Belarusian workers.
19.07.2022 Supreme Court terminates activity of five independent trade unions
Prosecutor's Office claims that trade unions became politicized and their leaders were engaged in ‘destructive activities’
21.04.2022 On the cessation of persecution of Belarusian independent trade unions
Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community
28.09.2021 Human rights groups call to release detained trade union activists
Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations
10.09.2020 ILO calls on Belarus President to respect workers’ rights and freedoms amid protests
International Labour Organization Director-General, Guy Ryder, expresses deep concern about the detention and arrest of trade unionists in Belarus.
28.11.2019 Sentence in REP trade union trial commuted after an amnesty
The terms of “restricted liberty” earlier imposed on Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik, leaders of the independent trade union REP, have been reduced by 12 months, following an amnesty bill passed by the parliament, praca-by.info said.
21.01.2019 Belarusian trade union case raised with the EU
International trade unions brought concerns of deteriorating environment for democracy and fundamental rights in Belarus to the European Union authorities.
13.11.2018 IndustriALL: Unjust verdict against union leaders in Belarus upheld
The city court of Minsk decided on 09 November to uphold the guilty verdict against two trade union leaders in Belarus, which has been widely condemned as unjust.
09.11.2018 Minsk City Court confirms sentence in trade union case
The Minsk City Court has upheld today the sentence of 4 years of restricted freedom earlier handed down to Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik, leaders of the trade union REP, on charges of tax evasion.
05.09.2018 Case Belarus v. Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik. Trial observation report
“Conviction of leaders of independent trade union REP Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik on tax evasion charges is politically motivated and trial proceedings were marred by procedural irregularities”, concludes the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) in a report published on August 30. “The convictions should be overturned on appeal”.
29.08.2018 Front Line Defenders urges Belarus to quash convictions against Fiadynich and Komlik
The authorities in Belarus should immediately quash the convictions against Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik, leaders of the trade union REP, and fully restore their liberty, Front Line Defenders said in an urgent appeal, as it believes that they are solely in relation to their peaceful and legitimate work in the defense of human rights.
27.08.2018 Belarus: Trade Union leaders found guilty of tax evasion after a sham trial
Press release by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
24.08.2018 Statement by Belarusian human rights organizations on sentence in REP trial
On August 24, 2018, Henadz Fiadynich, chairperson of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry Workers (REP), and Ihar Komlik, the Union’s accountant, were found guilty of committing a crime under Part 2, Art. 243 of the Criminal Code (large-scale tax evasion).
15.08.2018 Political bias in REP trial ill-disguised, say IndustriALL observers
The politically motivated charges against Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik, leaders of the trade union REP, are “solely aimed at paralyzing the union activities,” say observers of the IndustriALL Global Trade Union after attending the trial that opened on July 30.