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 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 »
The Homel resident Aliaksandr Hrunou, who had been sentenced to death, was executed by shooting. It was learned on 4 November from his mother Volha Hrunova. Human rights defenders protest against this form of punishment and are concerned about another convict, who awaits for the execution. 12 Nov 2014 »
Belarusian and international human rights organizations have launched a campaign in support of the well-known Belarusian human rights defender Elena Tonkacheva (right), chairman of the Legal Transformation Center Lawtrend, who was deprived of her residence permit in Belarus and ordered to leave the country for 3 years. 05 Nov 2014 »
In the framework of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, representatives of the official Minsk oppose cooperation with the Special Rapporteur Miklós Haraszti, question the lawfulness of the actions of the Belarusian human rights defenders. 27 Oct 2014 »