Human Rights Council
Agenda item 4
Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
Written statement* submitted by the Human Rights House Foundation, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status
The Secretary-General has received the following written statement which is circulated in
accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31.
Continued human rights violations in the Republic of Belarus**
Since the 19 December 2010 presidential elections, authorities have been harshly repressing human rights defenders and their organisations, lawyers, journalists, and any person who raises a critical voice or shows concern about the human rights situation in Belarus, such as students and citizens peacefully assembling.
On 21 February 2011, the High Commissioner for Human Rights gave the following assessment: “Acts of harassment and political and administrative pressure against human rights defenders and NGOs also continue, including arrests, interrogation, office raids, confiscation of material, and intimidation designed to prevent contact with international and intergovernmental organizations. […] I have stressed before to the Belarus Government and I shall say it again: states have a duty to protect human rights defenders, journalists and civil society from threats, retaliation or pressure stemming from the legitimate exercise of their work in defence of human rights.”
The human rights situation in the Republic of Belarus has deteriorated since the Human Rights Council adopted the resolution at its 17th session (May-June 2011).