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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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FIDH President Karim Lahidji: the principle of non-interference is a fig leaf covering inaction

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Iranian lawyer Karim Lahidji became the head of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) this May. In Iran, where he worked with defense of political prisoners, he was exposed to arrests and assaults and even an explosion attempt. When it became evident that the Iranian powers would not hesitate to murder the unwanted lawyer, Karim left the country and continued his fight for the fate of the Iranian nation abroad. But Karim Lahidji’s goal is to help other countries ruled by dictators, such as Belarus.

The FIDH President answered the questions of editor-in-chief of charter97.org Natallia Radzina.

- Mister Lahidji, it is the first time an Iranian became the head of the FIDH. You know from your own experience how dictatorships function...

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Human Rights Defenders Discuss Violations of Human Rights in Belarus with Dutch Officials

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The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) invited a delegation of Belarusian and Russian human rights defenders to raise issues regarding the systematic violation of human rights in Belarus with Dutch officials.

Over the course of the three-day visit, Valentin Stefanovich, Vice President of Human Rights Center “Viasna”, Zhanna Litvina, chairperson of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), and the Russian human rights defenders Olga Zakharova and Yuri Dzhibladze from the Committee on International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus all visited the Hague and Amsterdam, where they held a series of meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Parliament and met with representatives of international a...

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EU policy towards Belarus doesn’t change, says MEP Saryusz-Wolski

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This was stated by MEP, member of the Delegation for Relations with Belarus and Vice-Chairman of the Eastern Partnership Parliamentary Assembly Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, commenting on yesterday’s decision by the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU.

«Individual and temporary suspension of the visa ban on Vladimir Makey is aimed at the preparation of the Eastern Partnership Summit and his participation in this, and therefore should be treated as a technical decision. It does not mean in any way a change in the EU’s policy of targeted sanctions. Such a shift would only be possible after making significant progress in respecting standards of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Belarus, including the release and full rehabilitation of political prisoners...

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Human Rights situation in Belarus in May 2013: consistently bad

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Human rights center “Viasna” published its month review on human rights violations in Belarus during May 2013. Human rights defenders note no positive development in the human rights situation in Belarus, which remained consistently bad.

The absence of real mechanisms of influence on this sphere inside the country and its strong dependence on foreign factors created a situation where the greatest expectations were associated with external influences, especially concerning the release of political prisoners. However, intensive contacts of the Belarusian authorities with the European Union, its institutions and individual countries as well as with the United States didn’t bring perceptible results in this direction. 11 political prisoners were still kept in jail, 2 people continued serving t...

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Statement by spokespersons of Catherine Ashton and Štefan Füle on the adoption by UN Human Rights Council of a resolution on human rights in Belarus

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The spokespersons of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Commissioner Štefan Füle made today the following statement:

“”We welcome yesterday’s adoption by the Human Rights Council of a resolution on Belarus by a solid majority of the Council members. We note increasing support to this initiative and express our gratitude to all partners who worked on it with the European Union.

We also welcome the extension of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus Mr Miklós Haraszti, who will continue to report independently and in a balanced manner and provide recommendations to the Belarusian authorities on the hum an rights situation in the country. We urge the Belarusian authorities to cooperate fully with him.

We deeply regret that on the ...

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PACE Rapporteurs warn against threatened execution in Belarus

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Strasbourg, 13.06.2013 – Marina Schuster (Germany, ALDE), the General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and Andres Herkel (Estonia, EPP/CD), Rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have expressed deep concern at press reports according to which another death sentence was handed down in Belarus yesterday.

Belarus is the only country in Europe still applying the death penalty. We can only call on the competent authorities to avoid taking another step away from the family of European nations which has done away with this cruel and inhuman punishment, a relic of another age,” they said.

Referring to the Parliamentary Assembly’s Resolution 1857 (2012), Schuster stated that the Council of Europe will continue i...

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UN Human Rights Council Belarus: refusal to cooperate triggers renewal of the Special Rapporteur mandate

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Today (13 June 2013), the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted a resolution renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus and expressing deep concern at continuing violations of human rights in the country.

In strong language, the resolution «urges the Government of Belarus to immediately and unconditionally release and rehabilitate all political prisoners, (…) and to put an immediate end to the arbitrary detention of Human Rights Defenders, arbitrary travel bans (…) aimed at intimimidating representatives of the political opposition and the media, as well as human rights defenders and civil society».

The Council sent the clear message to Belarus that ...

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EU welcomes UN Human Rights Council resolution on Belarus

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The European Union welcomes the resolution adopted today by the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the human rights situation in Belarus. The resolution was put forward by the European Union.

The human rights violations in Belarus are of a systemic and systematic nature. They include limitations on the rights to freedom of expression and opinion, peaceful assembly and association, as well as continuing harassment, intimidation and imprisonment of political opponents, human rights defenders, journalists and activists, as well as allegations of torture and ill treatment while in custody.

Belarus is also the only European country still applying the death penalty. The EU welcomes therefore that the resolution adopted today raises this matter specifically...

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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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