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Freedom of associations in Belarus in 2014

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The NGO Assembly and Lawtrend published joint monitoring report on “Freedom of associations and status of non-commercial organizations in Belarus for the second quarter of 2014″.

Authors argue that legislative changes pertaining to registration of NGOs could have become the main factor of positive trends. Yet they conclude, that although the legislation was formally improved, the actual conditions for new organizations’ registration did not change substantially.

Monitoring includes the list of new registered organizations, among which sports non-profits are still the majority.

See the full text of this report (in Russian)

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Homel activists appeal ban on NGO registration

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On August 26, founders of the republican human rights association “Pakt” (“Covenan”), a movement for the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, submitted to the Supreme Court their appeal against the refusal of the Ministry of Justice to register the public association.

Accordingto the NGO’s executive director Leanid Sudalenka, the organization was created to protect the interests of citizens, in whose cases the UN Human Rights Committee rules to find violations of their civil and political rights by the state.

Refusing to grant state registration to the association, the Ministry of Justice referred to such inaccuracies in the documents as an error in the apartment number of one of the founders and the date of birth of another activist...

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Belarusian justice ministry denies registration for new human rights organisation

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The Belarusian justice ministry has denied state registration for a new human rights organisation called the Movement for the Implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, or Pakt (Covenant).

The founders of the organisation filed a registration application and the required package of documents on June 27.

Mikhail Pastukhow, a former judge of the Constitutional Court, was elected chairman of the organisation at its founding conference held in Minsk on June 7.

Human rights defenders Viktar Karniyenka and Uladzimir Katsora were elected deputy chairmen, while Leanid Sudalenka was elected executive director.

The justice ministry denied registration under ridiculous pretexts, Dr. Pastukhow told BelaPAN...

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Freedom of association in 2013: number of registered NGOs is lowest since 2005

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The Ministry of Justice has summed up the results of the past year’s registration of public associations and foundations. In 2013, 70 new associations were registered (2 international, 11 national and 57 local ones), one association of NGOs, 11 foundations (1 international and 10 local). According to experts of the NGO’s Assembly and the Legal Transformation Center, the number of new NGOs in 2013 is significantly lower than in 2011 and 2012, when during the year the registration was obtained by over a hundred associations and more than 20 foundations. However, the year of 2013 saw the same trend of registering sports associations – they constitute more than half of new NGOs.

As of January 1, 2014 Belarus has 15 registered political parties and 1,057 party branches, 37 trade unions (33...

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The Observatory: Continued harassment of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna”

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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), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

Description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed of the continued harassment of the Belarusian Human Rights Centre “Viasna”.

According to the information received, on December 16, 2013, Mr. Valiantsin Stefanovich, Deputy Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, was informed by the Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus, that Viasna’s website www.spring96.org had been introduced into the list of resources with restricted access by decision of the same in August 2011 on the grounds that “actions on behal...

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Board of the HRC “Viasna” once again stresses the legitimacy of the organisation’s activities in Belarus

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Deputy Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich received a reply to his appeal to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus, which concerned the introduction of the website spring96.org in the list of resources with restricted access.

The reply argues that Viasna’s website was blacklisted by a decision of the Prosecutor General’s Office in August 2011 on the grounds that “actions on behalf of the human rights organization “Viasna”, that has not passed the established procedures of state registration, are contrary to the legislation of the Republic of Belarus...

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Amnesty International: no changes with human rights situation in Belarus

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The influential international human rights watchdog has released its 2012 report.

It is stated in the report that political prisoners still remain in Belarus (5 people are named – Mikalaj Statkevich, Pavel Sevyarynets, Edward Lobau and Zmitser Dashkevich, Ales Bialiatski). Some people received additional prison terms, while civil society activists face violations of their rights to freedoms of speech, assembly and associations.

It is also stated that Belarusian human rights defenders faced various forms of harassment last year, including a the ban to leave Belarus. In 2012, 15 human rights defenders, journalists and opposition activists were sentenced to administrative detentions for swearing in public places.

Prisoners of conscience

Six people remained in prison in connection with their ...

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Belarus: systemic and systematic human rights violations documented

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In the Special Rapporteur’s assessment, human rights remain systemically and systematically restricted, especially in the case of the freedoms of association, of assembly, and of expression and opinion, as well as the guarantees of due process and fair trial.

The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus was established by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 20/13. In the present report, the Special Rapporteur, Miklós Haraszti, who officially assumed his functions on 1 November 2012, describes the prevailing situation of human rights in Belarus since the establishment of the mandate on 5 July 2012 and includes information received until 31 March 2013.

The aftermath of the presidential elections held on 19 December 2010 and the ensui...

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Review on freedom of association and legal status of NGOs in Belarus in 2012

The Legal Transformation Center and Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus represent the annual review “Freedom of association and legal status of non-commercial organizations in Belarus in 2012”. It contains the most important trends and developments related to the legal conditions of the third sector.

This year, the authors of the review noted that the opportunities to exercise the freedom of association in 2012 in Belarus did not broaden. At the level of legal regulation there haven’t been fixed any significant changes, which would worsen or improve the position of non-commercial organizations. However, further reformation of the legislation on public associations is planned for 2013.

Particular attention is paid to the draft law on alteration of the law of the Republic of Belar...

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