“Change” was the heartbeat of the summer and this election campaign
“It was in spring 2020, during the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, when I started feeling that the situation was changing… Belarusians were changing.”
Women-only protests in Belarus
“The very first women-only protest happened at midday on Wednesday, 12 August 2020. Women all dressed in white gathered in central Minsk, to show that we protesters are peaceful, and we are against violence.”
Civil society organisations call on UN Human Rights Council to address human rights violations committed in Belarus
Several international and Belarusian civil society organisations including Human Rights House Foundation call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to convene a Special Session to address human rights violations committed in the lead-up, during and after the August 2020 Presidential elections in Belarus.
European governments must call on the UN to conduct an immediate investigation into human rights abuses in Belarus
We, the undersigned members of the network of Human Rights Houses, urge European governments to call on the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to immediately launch an international commission of inquiry into human rights violations in Belarus in relation to the 9 August presidential elections.
European Union and Member States must support human rights in Belarus
In advance of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 14 August, Human Rights House Foundation calls upon the EU to send a clear and strong message to the Belarusian authoritarian president, police, and his security forces that those responsible for grave human rights abuses will be held accountable.
HRHF urges immediate stop to the use of violence against peaceful protesters and calls on the international community to use all diplomatic measures to pressure authorities to do so
Human Rights House Foundation strongly condemns the widespread disproportionate use of violence on the part of the Belarusian authorities during and following the August 9 presidential election. The use of violence against peaceful protesters must end immediately and the fundamental human rights of the Belarusian people must be respected.
HRC adopts new resolution on Belarus & backs renewal of Special Rapporteur mandate
Human Rights House Foundation welcomes the action of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) today in adopting an important new resolution on Belarus.
HRC44: Human rights situation in Belarus
On 10 July 2020, Human Rights House Foundation delivered a statement at the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in Belarus. HRHF called for the renewal the mandate of the Special Rapporteur and that the Council insists that Belarus takes immediate remedial action to address current human rights violations and concrete steps to ensure no further escalation around the August presidential election.