Belarus

Protesters punished for paper boats protest

On 26th November 2018, a protest took place near the Russian Embassy in Minsk. Read more

Protesters punished for paper boats protest

Pressure against journalists in Belarus continues

The pressure against journalists in Belarus continues. The Belarusian Viasna Center reported on 11th November 2018 that eight journalists working with the tut.by and belapan.by news agencies have been officially charged with “unauthorised accesses to computer information”. Read more

 Pressure against journalists in Belarus continues

Crackdown on independent media continues in Belarus

At least 18 journalists were arrested and charged under Article 349(2) of the Belarusian Criminal Code for allegedly accessing information belonging to the state news agency BelTA. Read more

Crackdown on independent media continues in Belarus

Amendments to media law could 'further restrict press in Belarus", according to the OSCE

The approval of legislative amendments in Belarus will further restrict media activities in the country, according to OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. Read more

Amendments to media law could 'further restrict press in Belarus", according to the OSCE

Journalists in Belarus fined as the regime silences independent voices

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) recently reported on the financial harassment of independent journalists in Belarus. According to RSF, Belarusian journalists have received at least 50 fines since January 2018. Read more

Journalists in Belarus fined as the regime silences independent voices

Journalists harassed and persecuted for reporting on February local elections

In February, Viasna reported new arrests and the harassment of independent journalists and bloggers in connection with the local elections on 18th February 2018. Read more

Journalists harassed and persecuted for reporting on February local elections

Civil society alarmed over blocking of critical websites

Belarusian journalists, human rights groups and independent media outlets have raised their voices against the government's decision to block certain online news and information portals as an assault on freedom of expression. Read more

Civil society alarmed over blocking of critical websites

Media report numbers of protesters declining by end of 2017

According to a November 2017 analysis in Belarus Digest, the public's interest in protest had decreased by the end of the 2017, despite major protests having taken place in February and March 2017. Read more

Media report numbers of protesters declining by end of 2017

International community concerned over human rights situation

On 20th July 2017, the fourth round of EU-Belarus Human Rights Dialogue took place in Brussels. According to the European External Action Service's press-release, the event allowed for an exchange of views on human rights in Belarus, focusing in particular on freedoms of expression, assembly and association; electoral rights; the death penalty; penitentiary reform; anti-discrimination policy; gender equality and the domestic violence. Also, the Dialogue focused on developing Belarus' national institutions for protection of human rights and further implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan, which requires more political will from the authorities in Belarus. Read more

International community concerned over human rights situation

Several activists released but human rights situation remains worrisome

In its June report, the Human Rights Center Viasna noted that the number of arbitrary detentions has decreased in Belarus and attributed the decline in arrests to the fewer number of protests taking place since the widespread crackdown on election-related protests in March. Read more

Several activists released but human rights situation remains worrisome