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Call for immediate and unconditional release of Ales Bialiatski

On 4 August 2011, Ales Bialiatski, Chair of the Human Rights Center Viasna in Belarus, was detained in Minsk. We see his detention as a direct result of Ales Bialiatski’s legitimate activities in defense of human rights in Belarus. The framework of the criminal case against Ales Bialiatski is instigated under Article 243, part 2 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, for “concealment of profits on an especially large scale”. This article envisages up to 7 years of imprisonment with the confiscation of property.

A New Attack on Belarus’ Civil Society — Ales Bialiatski is detained

Today Ales Bialiatski, the Head of the Viasna Human Rights Center and the Vice President of the FIDH, was detained in Minsk. The human rights defender was arrested by the unknown persons in civil clothes presenting themselves as finance police officers. This is all that Ales Beliatskiy managed to convey to his colleague, Vladimir Labkovich. After the arrest, he was not allowed to make phone calls.

URGENT: Human rights defender Ales Bialjatski arrested in Minsk

According to the Human Rights Centre "Viasna", its leader and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Ales Bialjatski was arrested today in his apartment in Minsk. His location at the moment is unknown. There is a search taking place at his apartment.

International Observation Mission in Belarus: six months of work in the country

The International Observation Mission in Belarus was established on December 27th, 2010 by the decision of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus. In fact, after the closure of the OSCE office in Belarus, the Mission turned out to be the only international actor carrying out permanent monitoring of the human rights situation in the country.

NGO's letter to support the adoption of a resolution on the human rights situation in Belarus at the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC)

 To Permanent Representatives of all 
member states of the UN Human Rights Council 

RE: Addressing the situation of human rights in Belarus at the UN Human Rights Council

Geneva, May 30, 2011

Special operation against the Special Rapporteur: Belarus is afraid of independent assessment of the human rights situation

May 4, 2011, Minsk, Belarus. Human rights defenders from different OSCE countries were again detained in Minsk, in the office of “Viasna” Human Rights Center ahead of a press-conference where the Interim Report on events of 19th December, 2010 in Minsk, produced by the Special Rapporteur of Committee of International Control, was to be presented. Two representatives of the International Observation Mission were told to leave the country in 24 hours and are banned from entering Belarus for two years.

Presentation of the report on the events of 19 December 2010 in Minsk

On the 4th of May the presentation of the report of the Special Rapporteur of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus “Interim Human Rights Assessment of the Events of 19 December 2010 in Minsk, Belarus” will take place.

Statement of United States Mission to the OSCE on the Continuing Situation in Belarus

United States Mission to the OSCE
Statement on the Continuing
Situation in Belarus

As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a. i. Carol Fuller
to the Permanent Council, Vienna
March 24, 2011

STATEMENT of the Steering Council of the Committee regarding violations by the Republic of Belarus of the OSCE commitments

April 22nd, 2011

 


STATEMENT
of the Steering Council of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus regarding violations by the Republic of Belarus of the OSCE commitments related to assistance to non-governmental organizations in monitoring conditions in the human dimension

Belarus is closed for the Ukrainian human rights activists: second episode

On 20th of April Marina Tsapok – human rights activist from Ukraine was detained while crossing the border.

She was going to Minsk to be the information assistant in the International observation mission in Minsk. She was taken off the train from Kyiv at the Belarusian frontier post “Teryukha”. Marina as well as other foreign human rights defenders Andrey Yurov and Maxim Kitsyuk found out to be included into the "black list" of foreign nationals  prohibited to enter the Republic of Belarus.

News of Belarus

Belarus prisoner release: Same old trick

Good news from Belarus is rare, but last weekend president Alexander Lukashenko pardoned six political prisoners.

For the pardoned, all serving multi-year prison terms for challenging Belarus’ autocracy, this is, to say the least, a relief, and has been welcomed by local democrats and the international community.

Lukashenko has declared his decision an act of “humanity”. But is, in fact, a carefully timed tactical move to sway the European Union at a time of growing domestic and geopolitical pressure.

The question is whether he will succeed this time.

The International Day of Solidarity with Belarus 2015

Seven countries around the world celebrated the International Day of Solidarity with Belarus on August the 4th. Human and civil rights activists, as well as other people who are simply sympathetic with the citizens of Belarus and who share deep concern about their future, took part in online discussions, talked to people on the streets and posted various material in social media in order to raise awareness of countless violations of human rights in Belarus.

Solidarity with civil society in Belarus

4 August is an international day of solidarity with the civil society of Belarus. This day matters, because of the daily pressure against civil society in Belarus.

When a coalition of international civil society organisations, at the initiative of the International Youth Human Rights Movement of Voronezh (Russian Federation), launched the idea of an international solidarity day with civil society in Belarus, the country was coming out of the 2010 presidential election cycle, which symbolically ended with the arrest of the country’s leading human rights defender Ales Bialiatski.

The 4 August is key to Belarus, because of Ales Bialiatski’s arrest on this day in 2011. The day is now a symbol of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s repeated practice of arbitrary arrest of voices criticising his way of governing the country.

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