Belarus

Civil society criticizes new regulations on peaceful assembly

civil society critisize new regulations that impose fines on protesters, CSO participate in amendment process for legislation governing political parties and public associations, journalist threatened for documenting a case about the construction of a battery plant in the Brest region, Read more

Civil society criticizes new regulations on peaceful assembly

Opposition members intimidated, activists arrested and detained

opposition members face intimidation, activist arrested and detained for disagreeing with the demolition of a victim's memorial site, environmental defenders arrested for protesting against the construction of a battery plant in Brest. Read more

Opposition members intimidated, activists arrested and detained

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