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People are prohibited to read the website of HR Center “Viasna” at work

Participants of the 6th yearly conference “Business Internet”, held on 3-4 October in Minsk, were shown the so-called “black-list” of national web-resources, the access to which is blocked in all state institutions of the country.

The black list also includes the web-site of the human rights center “Viasna”, popular socio-political websites:,, currency exchange portal and Yauhen Lipkovich’s blog,

This list was created by the Operative-Analytical Center of the President in conformity with ruling #11/1 of 26 June 2010.

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Human Rights Center “Viasna”: 15 years of persecution

Since its inception in 1996, the human rights organization “Viasna 96”, and then the Human Rights Center Viasna” was consequently and ruthlessly persecuted by the Belarusian authorities. All members of this organization were subject to detention, beatings, raids, arrests and fines. A complete list of the facts of persecution would take more than a dozen pages. However, most often the lightning of the state anger fell on the highest point of the organization, its head Ales Bialiatski.

In April 1996, the human rights organization “Viasna 96” was established.

On 23 February 1997 Viasna was officially registered as the Minsk Human Rights Center “Viasna-96”.

In 1998, Viasna was liquidated by a decision of the Justice Bureau of the Minsk City Executive Committee.

On 9 November 1998 the...

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Video of search of Minsk office of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” on January 2011

On January 17, 2011 a search was conducted of the Minsk office of the Human Rights Center Viasna.

Video in Russian

As was reported by the BelaPAN human rights defender Valentin Stefanovich, the initial attempts to enter the premises were made at approximately 15:30. But because the attempts were made by unknown plain-clothes individuals, the human rights defenders decided not to let them in. Later however, uniformed police officers arrived with a warrant to search the premises. At that point, the door was opened. According to Stefanovich, members of the Committee for Government Security (KGB) brought a warrant to search the premises in conjunction with a criminal case...

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HRC “Viasna” will continue working despite being refused official registration in 2009

As was announced at the press conference, held on June 3, 2009, by one of the founders of the human rights association “Nasha Viasna” (name chosen for re-registration of HRC “Viasna”), Valentin Stefanovich, the work will continue despite being refused official registration.

Video in Belarusian

According to him, on May 25, the Ministry of Justice of Belarus has for the third time issued a ruling that the human rights association “Nasha Viasna” cannot be registered in accordance with current laws. «The qualms of the Ministry of Justice in allowing the association to register are not founded on laws of Belarus. For example, they maintain that the list of founding members of the association contain inaccuracies and insufficient information...

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FIDH and Viasna presented a joint report about the conditions of detention in Belarus in Minsk (2008)

FIDH and Human Rights Center “Viasna” presented a joint report about the conditions of detention in the Republic of Belarus. A press conference was held on September 2, 2008 in Minsk by the Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Luis Guillermo Perez.

Video in Belarusian and Russian

The meeting with journalists was conducted in the scope of a presentation of the report by the FIDH and Belarusian Human Rights Defenders « The Conditions of Detention in the Republic of Belarus »...

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