Belarus

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

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