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Dialogue between PACE and Belarus should remain conditional on the release of political prisoners

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The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy made the following statement:

“The committee welcomes the Assembly decision to award the first ever Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights, to Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, and believes that he is a symbol of all human rights defenders facing repression in Belarus.

Following a hearing on 2 October in Strasbourg with the participation of Natallia Radzina, Editor-in-chief of the independent Belarusian news site Charter97.org and Aliaksandr Lahviniec, Vice-Chairperson of the Movement for Freedom, the committee is deeply concerned about the conditions of political prisoners and allegations of violence, torture and forced psychiatric treatment...

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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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Sacha Koulaeva: In Belarus, restrictions are placed on prisoners of conscience even after their release

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Demonstrations of solidarity with civil society in Belarus have taken place all over the world. While citizens of many countries are able to express their position and show their solidarity with prisoners of conscience, it remains a sad fact that Belarusian citizens cannot do this. Sacha Koulaeva, head of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk at the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), believes that citizens of Europe are quite well-informed about the problems democratic society in Belarus is facing and about the situation with human rights in the country.

Sacha Koulaeva: This year demonstrations of solidarity have been taking place in a wide range of countries, particularly within Europe...

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4 August 2013: Join the International Day of Solidarity with Civil Society of Belarus

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On 4 August 2013, on the second anniversary of arrest of well-known human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, International Day of Solidarity with the Civil Society of Belarus will be held for the second time.

We will observe this day every year, until the situation of civil society in Belarus changes: until  its authorities put an end to imprisoning people for human rights activities, until there is a guarantee of fundamental human rights: freedom of expression, assembly and association.” (Manifesto of the Solidarity Day)

Last year, on this day, events and actions were held in more than 18 countries, including Armenia, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Germany, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, the UK and the USA...

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Human Rights Watch: EU should stand firm on human rights

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Brussels, July 20, 2013 – The European Union should use its upcoming meeting with the Belarusian foreign minister to reinforce tough and principled human rights demands on the government, Human Rights Watch said today.

Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey will meet EU officials in Brussels on July 22, 2013.  This will be the first formal visit of a high-level Belarusian official to the EU headquarters since the crackdown by President Alexander Lukashenko’s government on the political opposition and civil society following presidential elections in December 2010.

“President Lukashenko pretended for two years that relations with the EU didn’t really matter to him, but he has suddenly changed course,” said Rachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch...

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Belarus Foreign Minister visits Brussels : FIDH calls demonstration for human rights in Belarus

Belarus Foreign Minister, Vladimir Makey will be in Brussels on Monday 22 July after the EU lifted the travel ban against him in June, despite the absence of progress on the situation of human rights in Belarus and the fact that 12 political prisoners remain behind bars. FIDH is organising a demonstration at Rond-point Schuman on 22 July at 12:00 CET.

Belarus currently has 12 political prisoners (full details)

1.   Mikalai Autukhovich
2.   Mikalai Statkevich
3.   Pavel Seviarynets
4.   Zmitser Dashkevich
5.   Eduard Lobau
6.   Ales Bialiatski
7.   Mikalai Dziadok
8.   Ihar Alinevich
9.   Aliaksandr Frantskevich
10. Yauhen Vaskovich
11.  Artsiom Prakapenka
12. Andrei Haidukou
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Human rights defenders on the report on EU policy on Belarus: EU parliament risks encouraging dictator

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By Olga Zakharova and Yuri Dzhibladze, members of the Committee for International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus

Published by EUobserver.com

MINSK – The report on EU policy on Belarus drafted by Lithuanian centre-left MEP Justas Paleckis is soon to be voted on by the foreign affairs committee in the European Parliament.

It is the first report of its kind and will be perceived as a position of the European Parliament concerning overall EU policy on Belarus.

It is clear the report has an important role to play, even if in procedural terms it does not directly influence decisions of the Council of the EU, the European Commission and the European External Action Service.

It will send a message to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka’s regime, to civil society and bus...

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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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UN rights experts deplores human rights violations in Belarus, urges co-operation

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GENEVA (14 June 2013) – Miklos Haraszti, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, has urged the Belarus government to engage with his mandate to improve the country’s human rights situation.

Human rights are systematically restricted in Belarus through different measures: decrees, policies and practice,” said Mr. Haraszti, speaking after his mandate was renewed by the Human Rights Council for another year. “The fulfilment of human rights remains purposefully blocked by a governance system that is devoid of any checks and balances.”

Mr. Haraszti recalled that during his first mandate he had not been able to visit Belarus and talk to officials, having received no response to his requests from the government...

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Group on human rights in Belarus to be formed in Putin’s presidential council

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The initiative belongs to Russian human rights activist Andrei Yurov, who is banned from entering Belarus.

The website charter97.org has learnt it from Andrei Yurov, who became a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights:

“I know only one real mechanism to raise the Belarusian question in the Council. It is formation of a working group for human rights in the CIS countries and formation of a subgroup on Belarus within this group. It is possible to invite some Belarusian human rights activists and journalists, of course with their consent, to become permanent experts. People without Russian citizenship are allowed to be experts.”

The human rights activist says other council members are ready to support him:

“It’s difficult to say if I will...

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