Belarusian authorities expand their legislative attacks on human rights defenders and organisations
On 21 December 2021, the Belarusian parliament adopted legislation re-criminalising the conduct of non-registered organisations and punishing by fine or imprisonment of up to 2 years for participation in the activities of non-registsered political parties, other public associations, religious organisations, or funds. This legislation, which amends the Criminal Code, goes into effect today, 21 January 2022 and continues an increasing crackdown by Belarusian authorities on human rights defenders and organisations.
Call for service providers: Human Rights Research
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The EU has a key role to play in protecting journalists and rights defenders from SLAPPs
In a new policy paper submitted to the European Commission’s consultation on EU action against SLAPPs (strategic lawsuits against public participation), Human Rights House Foundation and other members of CASE (Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe) outline how the EU can protect journalists and rights defenders against the rising cases of SLAPPs in Europe.
Work with us: Human Rights Officer
Human Rights House Foundation seeks a Human Rights Officer with a specific focus on supporting HRHF’s work in Eastern Europe. Position based at one of HRHF’s offices or remotely in Europe, travel required. Deadline 17 January 2022.
Letters from Lukashenka’s Prisoners: Anastasya Mirontsava
Anastasya Mirontsava is a 25-year-old student and artist. She has been behind bars since 16 October 2020, when she was detained for having participated in the protests on the day of the presidential election, 10 August 2020. At her trial on 31 March 2021, she implored the court not to deprive her of her freedom any longer.
Letters from Lukashenka’s Prisoners: Rastsislau Stefanovich
Rastsislau Stefanovich is a 33-year-old designer and architect. He is married to Christina, with whom he has two children Nicole, who is eight, and Mark, who is six. As well as being an artist (see his drawings below), he is also a defender with the Minsk Zubrs American football team. In August 2020, he became a member of the expanded Coordination Council for the Transfer of Power, which was set up on the initiative of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to facilitate the democratic transfer of power in Belarus. There are about 5500 members of the expanded Coordination Council.
Letters from Lukashenka’s Prisoners: Maria Kalenik
Maria Kalenik is a 23-year-old student of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts. She was detained on 12 November 2020, accused of organising and participating in group actions that gravely violate public order. Her apartment was searched, and she was held in the KGB pre-trial prison. On 16 July 2021, she was sentenced to two years and six months in prison in a case known as “the student case”, which involved 12 defendants. Ksenia Syramalot, whose letter was previously published, was one of her co-defendants in the case.
HRC statement on Ukraine
On 15 December 2021, Human Rights House Foundation delivered an oral statement at a Human Rights Council session on Ukraine.
Risking everything for truth in Russia
On the morning of 7 October 2021, 15 years after Anna Politkovskaya was shot in the elevator in her apartment building where she lived in Moscow, a colleague and I laid flowers on the corner of Drammensveien in Oslo, where the Russian embassy is located.