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“Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” presented the resulats of local councils elections

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The election observation campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” have summed up the results of this year’s local councils elections.

According to the deputy chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich, the local elections have demonstrated long-standing problems of legislation, as recommendations of both Belarusian and foreign observers continue to be ignored by the CEC and election commissions.

The campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” involved 30 long-term and 220 short-term observers, who worked at 180 polling stations across Belarus.

The stage of formation of election commissions was marked by a selective approach, when the list of election commissioners was often approved without any discussion...

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Human rights situation in Belarus discussed at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

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The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) organized a number of meetings and events on the situation with human rights in Belarus as part of a session of the UN Human Rights Council that took place in Geneva on March 6 – 7, 2014.

Participants in the round table “Social and Economic Rights in Belarus are Violated as Systematically as Political and Civil Rights” concentrated on violations of freedom of association, freedom of assembly, and the election process, noting in particular the situation with political prisoners. They also presented a report by FIDH and the Human Rights Centre Viasna entitled “Forced Labor and the Pervasive Violations of Workers’ Rights in Belarus”...

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Viasna fails to protect its website in court

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On February 18 Judge of the Tsentralny District Court of Minsk considered a complaint filed by deputy chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich to challenge a decision of the Prosecutor General’s Office to blacklist the spring96.org website as a resource with restricted access.

At the beginning of the trial, Valiantsin Stefanovich requested to allow chairman of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Aleh Hulak contribute to proceedings. He also asked to announce the decision of the Prosecutor General, on the basis of which the spring96.org website was blacklisted...

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Court of Minsk to hear complaint against blacklisting HRC Viasna Web site

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The Court of Minsk’s Tsentralny district will consider tomorrow morning a complaint filed by deputy chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich to challenge a decision of the Prosecutor General’s Office to restrict access to the website spring96.org.

Valiantsin Stefanovich received a reply to his appeal to the Prosecutor General of Belarus dated December 10, 2013, which dealt with blacklisting www.spring96.org site. In particular, the response states that actions on behalf of the human rights organization “Viasna” that has not passed the established procedures of state registration are contrary to the law of the Republic of Belarus. In addition, Article 193...

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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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Belarus should abolish compulsory labour and ensure adequate protection of workers. This, among other important recommendations, was put forward by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) following its review of Belarus in November 2013.

The UN Conclusions reflect key issues and recommendations raised in the joint FIDH and Human Rights Centre ‘Viasna’ report “Forced labour and pervasive violations of workers’ rights in Belarus”. They provide a long-awaited assessment of the rhetoric espoused by the authorities in Belarus, who persistently present the country as ‘the last remaining social paradise in Europe’.

“Along with pervasive violations of political and civil rights, the Belarusian government persistently violates the social and economic rights of its citi...

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FIDH and “Viasna” demand the immediate and unconditional release of Mikola Statkevich and other political prisoners

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Today marks the three-year anniversary of the heavy-handed crackdown on a protest meeting in Minsk’s Independence Square. This event was followed by a wave of arrests, detentions, and subsequent prosecutions of opposition members, activists, citizens, and several presidential candidates participating in peaceful demonstrations throughout Minsk. The opposition politician and presidential candidate Mikola Statkevich was also arrested on December 19, 2010, and remains in prison to this day.

On May 26, 2011, the Lenin District Court sentenced Mr. Statkevich to six years of deprivation of freedom with service of sentence at a medium security penal colony under Article 293(2) of the Belarusian Criminal Code. Mr. Statkevich has currently served half of his sentence...
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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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New report by FIDH and HRC Viasna : Forced Labor and the Pervasive Violation of Workers’ Rights in Belarus

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Belarus authorities use of every means possible to feed the country’s economy to the detriment of its citizens’ economic and social rights. Internationally publicized as the «last European socialist paradise», Belarus forces large portions of its population to work, sometimes without pay and especially without the possibility to protest harsh or unfair conditions. These are the main observations of a report published today by FIDH and HRC Viasna.

Economic and working issues are quite sensitive in Belarus, especially in the current climate...

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Statement by Center “Viasna” and Belarusian Helsinki Committee on the sentence to Vasil Parfiankou

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The Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the republican NGO “Belarusian Helsinki Committeee” regard the sentencing of the public activist Vasil Parfiankou to imprisonment for violation of preventive supervision as politically motivated persecution.

In February 2011 Vasil Parfiankou was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment under Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (” participation in mass disorders”) for participation in protest against electoral fraud during the presidential election, and in August of the same year was pardoned under a presidential decree.

After his release, Vasil Parfiankou continued public activities and was repeatedly detained for participation in protests in support of political prisoners who have remain behind bars.

After participating in a peaceful assembly dedi...

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