• 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.

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