Civil society activists, lawyers, rights groups, and independent media face government harassment and pressure. Authorities have arbitrarily prosecuted dozens of journalists on a variety of grounds and in June 2018 the government adopted further restrictions on internet freedoms.

Belarus is the only European country to use the death penalty. Those condemned to death are executed by a shot to the head. Authorities do not inform families of the execution date or the burial place.

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Riot police stand guard during demonstrations against police violence in Minsk, Belarus, September 6, 2020. 

What Detained Protesters Endured at the Hand of Police.

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International human rights groups demand release of Viasna members

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