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“Viasna” and FIDH presented the report on human rights violations in Belarus to OSCE


At the the OSCE Human Dimension Meeting the heads of the HRC “Viasna” – the president of the center – former political prisoner Ales Bialiatski, vice-president Valiantsin Stefanovich, and coordinator of the campaign “Human rights defenders against the death penalty” Andrej Paluda – presented review of the human rights situation in Belarus on September 24 in Warsaw.

During the meeting on “Convincing violations of political, economic and social rights in Belarus”, organized by the International Federation for Human Rights and the Human Rights Center “Viasna” human rights defenders stressed that “because of the situation in Ukraine, as well as the deterioration of the human rights situation in Russia, we think that less attention is paid to Belarus “.

At the panel discussion were touched pr...

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Human rights results of Ice Hockey Championship: Repressive machine shows its power in action


Valiantsin Stefanovich, Deputy Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, in his interview for, tells about the human rights results of the Ice Hockey World Championship, which was held in Minsk from 9 to 25 May.

- The Ice Hockey World Championship has just finished in Belarus. Ahead of the event, human rights defenders, and “Viasna” in particular, feared that it would be transformed into an ideological and politicized show by the Belarusian authoritarian regime. Have these fears come true?

– Unfortunately, we can state that our concerns, both about turning the event into a politicized show and the arbitrary preventive arrests, have come true...

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Hrodna human rights defenders face administrative charges

Hrodna human rights defenders Viktar Sazonau, Uladzimir Khilmanovich and Raman Yurhel have been charged with illegal picketing on the Human Rights Day, 10 December, after they were summoned to Leninski District police department to provide explanations on their involvement in the event.

According to Viktar Sazonau, the charges are based on a photo posted on the website of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”. Then, the activists were photographed as part of a campaign of solidarity with Viasna’s imprisoned leader Ales Bialiatski. They also handed out free copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Andrei Bandarenka, leader of human rights group “Platforma”, searched at Minsk airport

Andrei Bandarenka, head of the Platforma human rights group, was detained and searched by the Belarusian customs officials shortly after landing at Minsk international airport on 16 December.

A customs officer took Mr. Bandarenka’s passport after she phoned someone, Platforma’s web-site reports. Some 20 minutes later Andrei Bandarenka was approached by two customs officers who said that he would have to go through an additional security search. They then searched his hand baggage and personal belongings.

The human rights defender was eventually released at about 5 p.m.

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Human rights defender Tatsiana Reviaka gets questioned concerning the receipt of finances from Ales Bialiatski

November 28, 2012

The tax agencies use new ways to pressurize the member of the Council of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, the president of the Belarusian Human Rights House Tatsiana Reviaka.

The examination of the assets and income of the human rights defender for 2004-2010, conducted by the Pershamaiski District Tax Inspection, found no violations in the documents which were provided by her. However, as it was found during the examination, data from the criminal case of Ales Bialiatski have been included in her case.

Bear in mind that in the documents of the Lithuanian and Polish banks which became the basis of the accusative verdict to Bialiatski, contained information about the means which were transferred to his colleagues, including Tatsiana Reviaka, for human rights activities...

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“Viasna”: central office and property confiscated

November 26, 2012

Court officers sealed the organization’s premises.

It is exactly here that the assistance to the repressed has been provided, press-conferences on human rights violations and other human rights activities have been held during the past 12 years.

Court officers came to the human rights group’s office together with police and state gas company representatives, who performed the procedure of confiscation of property and sealed the office. The apartment with the address Nezaliezhnasci Avenue 78a will be sealed until the human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, who is registered there, stays in prison. When the political prisoner comes out of prison the issue of confiscation of the apartment will be dealt with.

In the human rights activists’ opinion, the authorities are cele...

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The Observatory: With the one year anniversary of the conviction of Ales Bialiatski, Human Rights Centre “Viasna” faces relentless harassment

November 23, 2012


 With the one year anniversary of the conviction of Ales Bialiatski, Human Rights Centre “Viasna” faces relentless harassment


Paris-Geneva, November 23, 2012 –- One year after Ales Bialiatski’s conviction, 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), remains gravely concerned about the arbitrary detention of the prominent human rights defender and the continuous harassment targeting members of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and other human rights defenders in the country.

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Andrei Stryzhak detained on border

November 21, 2012

A trade union activist Andrei Stryzhak was detented on border. His belongings were searched, his laptop was seized.

Andrei Stryzhak, a coordinator of the youth wing of the Electronics Industry Trade Union, was detained at Novaya Huta border checkpoint as he was returning from Ukraine to Belarus.

”I was detained by senior lieutenant Raman Tofan. They didn’t bring any charges against me. They searched my bags and seized my laptop. I am in a personnel room now. I was detained on 2:25 p.m. They have the right to detain me for three hours without presenting charges. After that I will demand to draw up a report,” Andrei Stryzhak told

The trade union activist connects the incident to his professional activity.

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Minsk Economic Court turns down Platforma’s appeal

November 20, 2012

The appeal board of Minsk Economic Court rejected today an appeal lodged by the “Platforma” human rights NGO against the Court’s earlier decision on its dissolution. According to Platforma’s leader Andrei Bandarenka, the complaint was considered in the absence of the NGO’s representatives.

The decision was taken on 13 November, and without our participation. The court clerk allegedly lost our claim to adjourn the meeting, and the judge pretended that nothing could be done about it. This all is further evidence of how the courts work in Belarus. As for the decision itself, it is not surprising. When there is an order from above to close, the judges will turn a blind eye to the law, their morals and obey the orders, instead,” says Andrei Bandarenka.

On October 9, Minsk...

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Human rights defender Raman Kisliak detained for fingerprinting

November 8, 2012

Raman Kisliak, a human rights activist from Brest, was detained by the traffic police on November 7, 2012 as a “person hiding from administrative prosecution”.

It was found out that Raman Kisliak was put on the offender database by the Leninski District Police Department of Brest for failure to undergo fingerprinting.

“I was detained earlier to make me undergo fingerprinting. They even twisted my arms. I then applied to a prosecutor’s office complaining about the incident. They didn’t touch me for some time. I was fingerprinted this time, as otherwise I would be banned from leaving the country. It would completely block my activity,” Raman Kisliak told

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