President sets parliamentary elections for early November

19.04.2019 President sets parliamentary elections for early November

The parliamentary elections will be held on November 7, Aliaksandr Lukashenka said today when addressing Parliament with an annual speech.

Critical blogger awarded heavy fine in police defamation trial

18.04.2019 Critical blogger awarded heavy fine in police defamation trial

Blogger Siarhei Piatrukhin has been found guilty of slander and insult in a trial that was completed today in Brest.

Michel Forst: “I’m sure I’ll find ways to protect human rights defenders until the end of my life”

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.

Viasna member detained among protests in Brest

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.

Picks of the week

12.04.2019 Picks of the week

Human rights defenders not allowed to observe the trial of critical blogger in Brest; Unification Church member threatened with deportation on dubious grounds; independent trade union under pressure in Salihorsk; man in Hrodna facing prison for sharing Rammstein video

Amnesty International 2018 death penalty report: Belarus still last executioner in Europe

10.04.2019 Amnesty International 2018 death penalty report: Belarus still last executioner in Europe

Belarus executed four persons in 2018, as compared to two executions in 2017, Amnesty International said in an annual death penalty report. Aliaksei Mikhalenya and Viktar Liotau were executed in May, and Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy in November.

Belsat TV office raided by police

09.04.2019 Belsat TV office raided by police

Police officers have searched the Minsk-based office of the TV channel Belsat, Belarusian Association of Journalists said.

Dzmitry Paliyenka facing triple charge

08.04.2019 Dzmitry Paliyenka facing triple charge

Former political prisoner Dzmitry Paliyenka, who was arrested on March 20 on suspicion of committing a crime under Part 3, Art. 339 of the Criminal Code (especially malicious hooliganism), has been eventually formally charged, according to the activist’s friend Maryna Kasinerava.

15 detained in Kurapaty confrontation

05.04.2019 15 detained in Kurapaty confrontation

At least 15 persons were arrested yesterday during a spontaneous protest in the Minsk-based Kurapaty forest, after opposition activists attempted to prevent the demolition of several dozen wooden crosses near the site of Stalin-era mass executions.

Immediately stop prosecution of blogger Siarhei Piatrukhin

02.04.2019 Immediately stop prosecution of blogger Siarhei Piatrukhin

Joint statement by human rights and other civil society organizations

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2019

01.04.2019 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2019

March witnessed certain alarming trends of deteriorating situation with human rights in the country, which may indicate a strengthening of the level of repression ahead of the elections expected later this year.

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29.03.2019 Picks of the week

Sad aftermath of Freedom Day celebrations; ex-prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka goes on hunger strike; Iranian close to expulsion, facing death in home country

Freedom Day celebrations marred by excessive police interference

26.03.2019 Freedom Day celebrations marred by excessive police interference

At least 15 people were detained last evening in central Minsk while trying to join an unauthorized assembly to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the Belarusian People’s Republic.

HRDs tell UN Human Rights Committee about importance of independent observation

25.03.2019 HRDs tell UN Human Rights Committee about importance of independent observation

The UN Human Rights Committee is preparing General comments on the right to freedom of assembly and asked non-governmental organizations to report on the observance of this right by sending their ideas and recommendations.

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22.03.2019 Picks of the Week

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media concludes visit to Minsk; courts punish Internet users for sharing 'extremist' posts; anarchist activists still under attack in Belarus

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