Belarus

After disputed elections, a resilient civil society powers through relentlessly

Repression against Belarusian civil society, which was documented by the Monitor before and immediately after the fraudulent August 2020 presidential elections, has continued relentlessly. With the spread of protests, NGO leaders continue to receive threats and in early September 2020 several of them were briefly detained and others sentenced to imprisonment for up to several weeks. Local and foreign journalists lost their accreditation for reporting on rights violations while media outlets were suspended, and one was declared extremist by authorities. Read more

After disputed elections, a resilient civil society powers through relentlessly

Mass protests follow disputed election results

Protests erupt across the country over disputed results; denounce electoral irregularities; Opposition candidates intimidated after results announcement; Workers down tools to protest disputed results and brutality; Internet and websites blocked; Journalists assaulted, detained; Journalists quit jobs to protest brutality and censorship Read more

Mass protests follow disputed election results

Opposition candidates and supporters persecuted, detained ahead of elections

Presidential candidates and opposition protesters arrested and detained, Journalists attacked an arrested while covering protests Read more

Opposition candidates and supporters persecuted, detained ahead of elections

Protesters oppose Belarus-Russia union, new laws on volunteering and foreign grants expected

Preparation of the the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Volunteering” underway in Belarus, legislation on foreign aid and grants (sponsorship) assistance to take effect, citizens hold several protests as they chanted slogans against unification with "imperialist Russia". in December 2019, Journalist accused of crime as lawyer argues arrest related to journalistic activities, Human Rights Watch Report highlights restrictions on journalists Read more

Protesters oppose Belarus-Russia union, new laws on volunteering and foreign grants expected

Journalists face legal and administrative challenges

Journalists face denial of accreditation to undertake their work, taxi drivers go on strike to protest working conditions and demand for increased rates, Results on the consultation about amendments to the legal framework on the activity of political parties and CSOs made public Read more

Journalists face legal and administrative challenges

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