Belarus

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

Two months after mass protests, activists remain in custody and journalists harrassed

A recently launched report documents government abuses as a response to the peaceful protests held in Belarus in February-March 2017. Read more

Two months after mass protests, activists remain in custody and journalists harrassed

Crackdown against civil society intensifies in Belarus

Authorities reacted swiftly to a growing protest movement across the country in February and March 2017. Read more

Crackdown against civil society intensifies in Belarus

Proposed funding cut to Belsat TV threatens free expression in Belarus

An announcement by the Polish government that it may reduce funding to Belsat TV has raised concerns that access to information and free expression in Belarus will be weakened. Read more

Proposed funding cut to Belsat TV threatens free expression in Belarus

Belarusian authorities face criticism for continued curtailment of civic rights

The Belarusian security forces' unwarranted interference during protests is a fundamental barrier to the enjoyment of civic rights. Read more

Belarusian authorities face criticism for continued curtailment of civic rights

Free association curtailed through denial of registration, travel bans

The authorities in Belarus continue to severely restrict civic space, including the right to form and operate a civil society organisation. Read more

Free association curtailed through denial of registration, travel bans

Research institute stops opinion polling after public vilification

Belarusian state-run TV channels presented a “special report” accusing the Independent Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies (IISEPS) of falsifying its public opinion polling, and their interviewers were threatened with criminal charges. Read more

Research institute stops opinion polling after public vilification

Activists face tougher regulation and state surveillance

A new decree restricts foreign funding for local CSOs, while protest and independent journalism are stifled. Read more