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 25 April the human rights defender Leanid Sudalenka has lodged a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee in a case against Ašmiany customs officers, who confiscated his laptop and printed materials during the personal search on the Lithuanian border. The activist has exhausted all domestic remedies, including the Supreme Court and the Prosecutor General. 27 Apr 2016 »
“2015 saw a dramatic rise in the number of people executed – at least 1,634 – the highest recorded by Amnesty International since 1989,” says the annual report on the death penalty in 2015, published on the website of the organization. 16 Apr 2016 »
The CEC has yet to prepare proposals for the democratization of the electoral process based on the recommendations from human rights defenders, however, Aliaksandr Lukashenka has already spoken out against the "obscure democracy." 29 Mar 2016 »
Aliaksei Khmialeuski reports that he is experiencing unbearable pressure in the colony, which began after the death sentence of his own brother. In mid-February the Minsk district court issued the death sentence against 31-year old Siarhei Khmialeuski for double or more homicide. This is the second death sentence in 2016. 12 Mar 2016 »
On 26–28 February, participants, alumni, and experts from Human Rights House Network’s International Law in Advocacy (ILIA) program met in Vilnius, at the Constitutional Court, to mark a successful conclusion to the third cycle of the program, and to welcome a new cohort of dedicated and enthusiastic human rights lawyers into the ILIA community. 04 Mar 2016 »