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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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Belarusian authorities make oral statement on Bialiatski’s case at UN Human Rights Council

On March 5, 2012, the discussion of the yearly report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders took place at the UN Human Rights Council.

Representatives of Belarus made an oral statement concerning the case of the imprisoned human rights defender Ales Bialiatski:

We attentively studied the report of the special rapporteur on situation of human rights defenders and regret to state that she was unable to discriminate in the case of Ales Bialiatski, most probably yielding to the stereotype opinion, spread by certain European structures and human rights NGOs.

We would like to once more confirm to the special rapporteur that the court verdict has no relation to human rights activities of Bialiatski and is connected solely to violations of the tax legislation by hi...

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Statement of the acting spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the sentencing of Ales Bialiatski

29 November 2011. Geneva.

Statement of the acting spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani, on the sentencing of Ales Bialiatski

” The sentencing of leading Belarusian human rights defender, Ales Bialiatski to 4.5 years in prison last week is disappointing and we are concerned that it will have a negative impact on the ability of Belarusian civil society to operate freely and without fear.

The harsh sentence on charges of tax evasion comes as arrests, interrogation, office raids, confiscation and other forms of intimidation have stifled the space for non-governmental organisations in Belarus. The National Assembly of Belarus has also recently approved measures further restricting freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression in the country.

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Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human rights, on behalf of Rupert Colville

We call on the authorities to guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of Bialatski and all human rights defenders in Belarus.

August 5, 2011

 

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