In its first report to the HRC (A/HRC/49/71), presented at the 49th session, the OHCHR examination of the human rights situation in Belarus highlighted the widespread use of arbitrary detention and torture, and a complete failure by Belarus to effectively investigate allegations of such violations as well as a lack of respect for due process and fair trial rights.

In the year since, there has been no evidence that Belarus has taken steps to implement any of the recommendations made by the Examination or the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus or taken any other form or remedial action in relation to the widespread human rights violations that have taken place in its country. Rather, the situation has further deteriorated.