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
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 »
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 »
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 »
The deportation of Elena Tonkacheva demonstrates "the immense challenges that continue to exist for human rights defenders to fulfill their work in Belarus." This was stated on 6 March, by Miklós Haraszti, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, at the UN Human Rights Council. 11 Mar 2015 »
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. 08 Mar 2015 »