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Belarus

Belarus – The Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House

The Belarusian Human Rights House (HRH) addresses the main challenges faced by human rights activists in Belarus - the right to assembly and freedom of expression. This is achieved through the provision of a safe training and meeting space and facilities for human rights defenders, NGOs, journalists, students and teachers, as well as for international meetings and cultural events.

Human rights trends

Image: The pressure on Statkevich in prison has increased

The pressure on Statkevich in prison has increased

The pressure on Mikalai Statkevich, the former presidential candidate and political prisoner, has increased significantly in prison, causing concern among human rights defenders and do not surprise the country's leader. 10 Apr 2015 »

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Article 411 is a new way to hold political prisoners behind bars

Article 411 of the Criminal Code provides punishment for disobedience to the administration of the penal facilities for prisoners held in the such facilities. Now this article and, consequently, the extension of imprisonment term, have been used against political prisoners. In 2012, Zmitser Dashkevich was convicted under Article 411 of the Criminal Code for one more year of imprisonment a few months before the end of his term, in February 2015 - a few days before his release - so was Mikalai Dziadok. 03 Apr 2015 »

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Human Rights Council: mixed success

The 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council ended on Friday, 27 March 2015. It left civil society with mixed feelings; the Council did not address worrying human rights situations. However, they managed to establish new standards, in particular on the protection of privacy. 30 Mar 2015 »

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Human rights - the basic element of peace and security

On the occasion of Freedom Day on 25 March, the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania hosted discussion "2015 in Belarus - when the geopolitics takes precedence over the values ​​of democracy" during which important issues of the current situation in the country and the Belarusian-European relations were discussed. 27 Mar 2015 »

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The only registered regional human rights organisation under the threat of dissolution

On 17 March, 2015, the hearing on a lawsuit to close down the only registered regional human rights organisation in the country – the Mahiliou Human Rights Center (MHRC) has started. This lawsuit comes amidst an ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders by the Belarusian authorities. 25 Mar 2015 »

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