Fact sheet on the press conference by the campaign “Human Rights Defenders For Free Elections”

16.11.2017 Fact sheet on the press conference by the campaign “Human Rights Defenders For Free Elections”

The fact sheet provides a timeline of measures taken by the campaign's experts towards cooperation with the interdepartmental expert working group under the CEC set up to examine the OSCE ODIHRrecommendations and to develop proposals to amend the electoral law.

Local elections on the background of shelved electoral changes — press conference by human rights defenders

14.11.2017 Local elections on the background of shelved electoral changes — press conference by human rights defenders

“Human Rights Defenders For Free Elections” are arranging a press conference to annouce the launch of a non-partisan observation of the local elections set for 18 February 2018.

Eastern Partnership Summit: Azerbaijan and Belarus leaders should be pushed towards democratization

14.11.2017 Eastern Partnership Summit: Azerbaijan and Belarus leaders should be pushed towards democratization

Dozens of leading international and national human rights organizations, including two Belarusian groups, have called on EU leaders to raise the issue of human rights violations in Azerbaijan during the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, which will be held on November 24 in Brussels.

Sakharov Freedom Award goes to anti-torture fighters in Russia

10.11.2017 Sakharov Freedom Award goes to anti-torture fighters in Russia

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee’s Sakharov Freedom Award 2017 is awarded to the newspaper Novaya Gazeta and the organization Committee against Torture.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: October 2017

02.11.2017 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: October 2017

The widely announced changes in the Law "On Mass Events" and the introduction of the notification-based principle of some static types of events (pickets, meetings, rallies) in a limited number of locations authorized by local executive bodies will not significantly improve the situation with the implementation of the freedom of peaceful assembly.

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).

Human rights activists call for open trial of columnists charged with inciting ethnic hatred

01.11.2017 Human rights activists call for open trial of columnists charged with inciting ethnic hatred

The Belarusian Association of Journalists, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" have issued a joint statement to demand an open hearing of the criminal charges brought against Yury Paulavets, Dzmitry Alimkin, and Siarhei Shyptsenka.

Alexievich, Bialiatski sign Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal

31.10.2017 Alexievich, Bialiatski sign Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal

Dozens of intellectuals, civil society activists and politicians from different countries have joined the Coalition for Democratic Renewal (CDR), an initiative launched to “go on the offensive against the authoritarian opponents of democracy, and to demonstrate solidarity with the brave people who are fighting for freedoms in undemocratic systems around the world.”

Lawyer Hanna Bakhtsina loses appeal in disbarment case

31.10.2017 Lawyer Hanna Bakhtsina loses appeal in disbarment case

The Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk has turned down an appeal filed by defense lawyer Hanna Bakhtsina to challenge the Justice Ministry’s decision, which revoked the counsel’s license due to “lack of professional skills.”

Polish Bar Council expresses 'deep concern' over harrasment of lawyers in Belarus

30.10.2017 Polish Bar Council expresses 'deep concern' over harrasment of lawyers in Belarus

The Human Rights Commission of the Polish Bar Council would like to express its deep concern regarding the activities of the Bar Qualifications Commission of the Ministry of justice of the Republic of Belarus, aimed against advocates fighting for human rights from the Bar Chambers in Minsk and Mahiliou.

Miklós Haraszti: Belarus human rights record “devastating” as president tightens grip on power

27.10.2017 Miklós Haraszti: Belarus human rights record “devastating” as president tightens grip on power

Belarus has a “devastating” record on human rights which has worsened over two decades as the president has consolidated his grip on absolute power, a UN human rights expert has told the General Assembly in New York.

Secretary-General's Message for 2017 UN Day

24.10.2017 Secretary-General's Message for 2017 UN Day

"When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world," António Guterres, UN Secretary-General said in a video message marking the annual United Nations Day.

Resolution of the 4th Belarusian Human Rights Forum

21.10.2017 Resolution of the 4th Belarusian Human Rights Forum

Participants in the 4th Belarusian Human Rights Forum have unanimously voted in favor of the resolution "On Situation of Human Rights in Belarus".

Vilnius to host 4th Belarusian Human Rights Forum

17.10.2017 Vilnius to host 4th Belarusian Human Rights Forum

On October 19-21, Vilnius will host the IV Belarusian Human Rights Forum, which is expected to be attended by 140 representatives of 29 Belarusian human rights organizations, NGOs with a human rights component I their work, as well as individual human rights defenders and experts. The Forum will bring together representatives of the Belarusian civil society organizations, as well as partners from foreign and international human rights organizations.

EU and CoE call for moratorium on executions in Belarus on World Day against Death Penalty

10.10.2017 EU and CoE call for moratorium on executions in Belarus on World Day against Death Penalty

On the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the Council of Europe and the European Union reaffirm their strong and unequivocal opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and for all cases. The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity. It constitutes inhuman and degrading treatment, does not have any proven deterrent effect and allows judicial errors to become irreversible and fatal.

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