News of Belarus

Belarus: “New legislative amendments unduly restrict fundamental rights,” warn UN experts

GENEVA (24 November 2011) – Three United Nations independent experts warned that the new legislative amendments recently adopted by the National Assembly of Belarus may severely and arbitrarily restrict the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression, and breach international law.

PACE Bureau expresses consternation at Bialatski sentence in Belarus

Press release - AP117(2011)

Statement by members of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” on the sentence to Ales Bialiatski

Today, on November 24, 2011, Judge Siarhei Bandarenka of Pershamaiski District Court in Minsk sentenced our colleague – chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, vice-president of FIDH Ales Bialiatski to 4.5 years of imprisonment. The human rights activist was convicted of allegedly committing a crime under Part 2 of Article 243 of the Criminal Code – “tax evasion on a large scale”.