• The human rights situation in Belarus saw little improvement in 2013. The state suppresses virtually all forms of dissent and uses restrictive legislation and abusive practices to impede freedoms of association and assembly. Journalists are routinely harassed and subjected to arbitrary arrests and detention. Eight political prisoners remain jailed. Those who have been released continue to face restrictions, ranging from travel limitations to inclusion in law enforcement agencies’ ‘watch lists’. Civil society groups cannot function freely. Belarusian courts sentenced two more people to death during 2013.

  • Belarusian authorities freed Ales Bialiatski, one of the country’s leading human rights defenders, on June 21, 2014.
    Belarusian authorities on June 21, 2014, freed Ales Bialiatski, one of the country’s leading human rights defenders.

Reports

Belarus

  • Jun 23, 2014
    Belarusian authorities on June 21, 2014, freed Ales Bialiatski, one of the country’s leading human rights defenders.
  • Jun 18, 2014
    A year after resolution 23/15 was adopted by the Human Rights Council on Belarus, the human rights situation in Belarus has seen no improvement. The government continues to suppress virtually all forms of dissent and refuses to cooperate with the Council, including by denying access to the country for the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus and other special procedures mandate holders who have requested invitations.
  • May 19, 2014
    The Bulgarian guards found us, pointed their guns at us and started beating us,” the 25-year-old Afghan said, describing what happened to him on 11 January. “Afterward, they put us in the car and took us to the border. They took all our phones and money and any valuables we had. Before releasing us, they beat us again and pointed to Turkey and told us to go there.”
  • Nov 28, 2013
    Vilnius' beautiful old town is alive with flags and symbols of the European Union ahead of the "Eastern Partnership" summit starting on Thursday (28 November), but the real drama has been played out far from the Lithuanian capital.
  • Nov 15, 2013
    The European Union should ensure that human rights are at the core of its relationships with the countries involved in the Eastern Partnership. On November 28 and 29, 2013, the EU will convene a summit of its eastern neighbors in Vilnius, at which it is expected to lay the foundation for deeper political and economic ties with several partnership countries.
  • Oct 10, 2013
  • Jul 21, 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.
  • Jun 4, 2013
    HRW shares the Special Rapporteur on Belarus’ view that “human rights remain systemically and systematically restricted” in Belarus. Governmental harassment of human rights defenders, independent media, and defense lawyers continues, including through arbitrary bans on foreign travel.
  • Mar 1, 2013
    The Belarusian authorities should immediately cease harassing and trying to shut down the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the only human rights organization with registration status to operate nationally.
  • Oct 2, 2012
    Belarusian authorities should immediately end all harassment and intimidation of the political prisoners Ales Bialiatski and Zmitser Dashkevich.