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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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Freedom of associations in Belarus in 2014


The NGO Assembly and Lawtrend published joint monitoring report on “Freedom of associations and status of non-commercial organizations in Belarus for the second quarter of 2014″.

Authors argue that legislative changes pertaining to registration of NGOs could have become the main factor of positive trends. Yet they conclude, that although the legislation was formally improved, the actual conditions for new organizations’ registration did not change substantially.

Monitoring includes the list of new registered organizations, among which sports non-profits are still the majority.

See the full text of this report (in Russian)

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Freedom of association in 2013: number of registered NGOs is lowest since 2005


The Ministry of Justice has summed up the results of the past year’s registration of public associations and foundations. In 2013, 70 new associations were registered (2 international, 11 national and 57 local ones), one association of NGOs, 11 foundations (1 international and 10 local). According to experts of the NGO’s Assembly and the Legal Transformation Center, the number of new NGOs in 2013 is significantly lower than in 2011 and 2012, when during the year the registration was obtained by over a hundred associations and more than 20 foundations. However, the year of 2013 saw the same trend of registering sports associations – they constitute more than half of new NGOs.

As of January 1, 2014 Belarus has 15 registered political parties and 1,057 party branches, 37 trade unions (33...

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New report by FIDH and HRC Viasna : Forced Labor and the Pervasive Violation of Workers’ Rights in Belarus


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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Amnesty International: Silencing civil society in Belarus


Civil society is being suppressed in Belarus by a repressive government that will not tolerate any form of criticism, Amnesty International said today.

The report, What is not permitted is prohibited: Silencing civil society in Belarus, shows how the authorities in Belarus regularly deny the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression, preventing people from speaking out in public, holding demonstrations or setting up civil organizations. Peaceful demonstrators frequently face fines or even prison sentences.

Over the past 20 years, the government of Belarus has increasingly suffocated all aspects of civil society, depriving its people of the opportunity to express their opinions, to contribute to public debate and ultimately to act as a check on the authorities,” ...

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Human Rights Watch published its 23rd annual World Report. It summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide in 2012. It reflects extensive investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff has undertaken during the year, often in close partnership with domestic human rights activists.

Belarus chapter of the Report underlines that the Belarusian government continues to severely curtail freedoms of association, assembly, and expression, and the right to fair trial. New restrictive legislative amendments paved the way in 2012 for even more intense governmental scrutiny of civil society organizations and activists...

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urges Belarus to address systemic violations

The High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation in Belarus published in April 2012 a report which was presented at the 18th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva last September. As ever since Belarusian governement hasn’t fulfilled the recommendations, UNHCHR repeats them, emphasizing the additional requirements.

The  present  report  is  submitted  in  accordance  with  Human  Rights  Council resolution 17/24, in which the Council requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to  monitor the human rights situation in Belarus and to present to the Council, in an interactive dialogue at its twentieth session, a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in Belarus following the presidential election of 19 December 2010.

The  report  covers  the  pe...

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