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
On the eve of Human Rights Day - on 9 December, Vilnius hosted a discussion with Belarusian and Lithuanian human rights defenders, civic activists and relatives of political prisoners, as well as an opening of photo exhibition dedicated to the death penalty in Belarus. 10 Dec 2014 »
UN Human Rights Committee on condemned the violation of Belarus's international legal obligations through the execution of Aliaksandr Hrunou whose case was considered by the HRC at the time. HRC requested Belarusian authorities to suspend the execution of the sentence until the consideration of the case, but the sentence was carried out, and now the case will be considered, despite the fact that the applicant had already been shot. 09 Dec 2014 »
Women human rights defenders challenge gender inequality and stereotypes, advance sexual and reproductive rights, and promote women’s empowerment and participation in society. They often challenge religious and cultural norms and patriarchal attitudes that subordinate, stigmatize or restrict women. 29 Nov 2014 »
On 24 October 2014 the UN Human Rights Committee took a historic decision on the case of of Ales Bialiatski, President of Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and FIDH Vice President, officially recognizing that the Republic of Belarus violated his right to liberty and security, the right to justice and a fair trial ad the freedom of association of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). 25 Nov 2014 »
United Nations Human Rights Committee found that Belarus violated the right to life of Vasil Yuzepchuk, who was shot in 2010. The case of Aliaksandr Hrunou, another citizen of Belarus, who was executed, is still pending before the UN Human Rights Committee, while human rights defenders appealed to the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. 18 Nov 2014 »