Peaceful assembly

The right to freedom of peaceful assembly continues to be violated in Belarus, as human rights defenders, journalists, members of trade unions, etc., are repeatedly prohibited from gathering. Most peaceful demonstrations that take place are repressed by law enforcement officials, and demonstrators are subjected to arrests and judicial harassment.

Please see the below articles on the situation of peaceful assembly in Belarus:

Authorities ban pickets in support of Bialiatski across Belarus

The executive authorities of a number of towns and cities across the country, including Hrodna, Babruisk, Smarhon and Brest, have banned pickets of solidarity with imprisoned Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski arranged to demand his release one year after his arrest on 4 August 2011.

Earlier, similar pickets were banned in Zhodzina, Biaroza, Vitsebsk and Homel.

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Minsk authorities ban over 60 pickets in support of Ales Bialiatski

None of over 60 pickets in support of imprisoned Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski expected to be staged by human rights defenders was authorized by Minsk executive authorities.

Despite the fact that the applications met the Mass Events Code, and the expected number of picketers ranged between 2 and 5 persons, all the pickets were banned. Human rights defenders received nearly identical responses, which in reality are formal roundabout replies. The reasons for the bans are traditional: “another event is scheduled”, “the exact location of the picket cannot be identified”, “the picket is believed to be interfering with the traffic and pedestrians”, etc...

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Open Joint letter regarding the new legislative amendments limiting freedom of assembly and association and imposing new restrictions on civil society groups in Belarus

 21 October 2011

To: House of Representatives of the Republic of Belarus

Council of the Republic of the National Assembly

Copy to: Mr Aliaksandr Lukashenka, President of the Republic of Belarus

We, representatives of international human rights organizations Amnesty International, ARTICLE 19, Civil Rights Defenders, Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Watch, the Human Rights House Foundation, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), urge the Council of the Republic, the upper chamber of the Belarusian Parliament, to quash recent legislative amendments that impose limitations on freedom of assembly and associa...

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Actions in support of Ales Bialiatski are still banned in Belarus


On 10 October 2011 the Leninski District Court fined human rights defender Viktar Sasonau, who had been detained on 23 august for handing out leaflets with information about the arrest of Ales Bialiatski, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”. The same day the police held a search at his apartment, confiscated two computer system units, informational and human rights editions and T-shirts with Bialiatski’s portraits.

Judge Kseniya Kastsiukevich started trying Sazonau’s case on 21 September. On 10 October Mr. Sazonau was sentenced to pay a fine of 735,000 rubles. The human rights defender disagrees with the verdict, as the right to receive and disseminate information is guaranteed by the Constitution.


On 15 September 2011 Slonim resident Ivan Sheha addressed the Slo...

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FIDH report on the restrictions to the political civil rights of citizens of Belarus after the 2010 presidential elections

FIDH presents its report on the restrictions to the political and civil rights of citizens of Belarus after the 2010 presidential elections at press conference in Minsk.

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12 July 2011

Today, in Minsk, FIDH representatives hold a press conference to present the fact-finding mission report on the situation in Belarus...

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