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Mandate of UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus extended for one year

The United Nations Human Rights Council has extended the mandate of Miklos Haraszti for one year.

Members of the UN Human Rights Council voted today in Geneva on extending or ending the mandate of UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on Belarus Miklos Haraszti.

Delegations of 26 countries voted in favour of extending Miklos Haraszti’s report, 3 countries (India, Kazakhstan and Venezuela) voted against and 18 abstained. Under the rules, such decisions are taken by a simple majority vote.

In the resolution (A/HRC/23/L...

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Belarus/Russia side event at UN Human Rights Council

Belarus&Russia side event at HRC23

As part of the 23rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) held a briefing with support from Human Rights Watch on the unwillingness of Russia and Belarus to implement UN decisions.

At the briefing, human rights defenders from these two countries drew parallels between the situations in both countries. They stressed that the UN must issue without delay a sharp criticism of the rapidly shrinking civil society space in the Russian Federation. Otherwise, they noted, human rights defenders will continue to be pushed out of the legal field, their activities will be criminalized, and the situation will quickly come to resemble the one currently observed in Belarus.

Valentin Stefanovich, deputy chairman of the Viasna Human Rights Center, spoke...

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Viasna and FIDH at UN Human Rights Council: statement by Valentin Stefanovich

stefanovich at UNHRC23

Today, at the 23rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus Miklos Haraszti presented his report on the situation in the country.

International human rights organizations and Valentin Stefanovich, Deputy Chair of the Human Right Center Viasna, were invited to participate after the UN member states had a chance to exchange their views.

Find the full version of the presentation made by the Belarusian human rights defender who spoke on behalf of the HRC Viasna, an FIDH member organization in the country :

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