human rights

Belarus’ dismal human rights record has not improved, UN rapporteur says

The dismal state of human rights in Belarus has not changed since the October 2015 presidential election, Miklos Haraszti, the UN Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on human rights in Belarus.

Human rights groups condemn European Olympic Committees for “sportswashing” human rights abuses in Azerbaijan

The coalition also condemns EOC President Patrick Hickey for praising the Azerbaijani leader, Ilham Aliyev.

Belarusian justice ministry denies registration for new human rights organization

The founders of the organization filed a registration application and the required package of documents on June 27.

Human rights defenders in Zhodzina, Rechytsa set to demonstrate in support of political prisoners

Human rights defenders in Zhodzina, Minsk region, and Rechytsa, Homyel region, have applied to the city governments for permission to stage small demonstrations on August 4 to demand the release of political prisoners.

Ukrainian human rights activist denied entry to Belarus

  Ukrainian human rights activist Mariya Yasenovska was denied entry to Belarus on Friday.

Belarusian human rights defenders send letter to Russian ambassador over Ukraine invasion

A Belarusian human rights organization called Vyasna (Spring) has sent a letter to Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Surikov expressing...

Two sanctioned demonstrations staged in Brest to mark International Human Rights Day

  Two sanctioned demonstrations were staged in Brest on December 10 on the occasion of International Human Rights Day.

Belarusian human rights defenders urge UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish office in Minsk

  The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) should establish a mission in Belarus, the delegates to the Third Belarusian Human Rights Forum, which took place in Vilnius on Saturday and Sunday, say in a statement.

Over 110 activists taking part in Third Belarusian Human Rights Forum

  More than 110 activists representing 25 organizations gathered in Vilnius for the Third Belarusian Human Rights Forum that opened on October 26.

Human rights defenders visit Netherlands to discuss situation in Belarus

A delegation of Belarusian and Russian human rights defenders met with Dutch government officials and civil society activists earlier this month...

Amnesty International calls for urgent action to acquit Belarusian accused of running unregistered religious organization

  Amnesty International will consider Alyaksey Shchadrow to be a prisoner of conscience if he is jailed for his human rights activities, the global human rights watchdog says in a statement published on its website on Wednesday.

UN Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on Belarus holding consultations with representatives of Belarus\' civil society

Miklos Haraszti, the UN Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on Belarus, is holding consultations with representatives of Belarus' civil

UN Human Rights Council extends mandate of special rapporteur on Belarus

Twenty-six countries voted in favor of the resolution during the Council’s session in Geneva on Thursday. Three countries voted against it and 18 abstained...

Ales Byalyatski reelected vice president of International Federation for Human Rights

  Imprisoned Belarusian human rights defender Ales Byalyatski was reelected vice president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) during the organization’s congress in Istanbul on Monday.

UN Human Rights Council hosts news conference on situation in Belarus

  A news conference on the human rights situation in Belarus was held in Geneva on Monday within the framework of a session of the UN Human Rights Council.