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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council:  Excellency,  We, the undersigned associations and human rights organisations call on the Human Rights Council to create a new mechanism assisting…
Demonstrators carry a huge historical flag of Belarus as thousands gather for a protest at the Independence square in Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 23, 2020.
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Interactive Dialogue on Human Rights Situation in Belarus

(Geneva) – The High Commissioner’s report on the situation in Belarus compellingly describes the widespread, brutal, and violent crackdown on peaceful protesters and their supporters in the context of the recent presidential vote. It also details the…
Young demonstrators during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, 6 December 2020.
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11 Asia-Pacific Governments Oppose 120 States on Capital Punishment Moratorium

(Bangkok) – Eleven countries from the Asia-Pacific region were among the small minority that voted against a United Nations resolution opposing the death penalty, Human Rights Watch said today. On November 17, 120 UN member states voted in favor of a…
A view of the United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, October 1, 2018.
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Urgent debate on the situation of human rights in Belarus

“The floor was dirty with blood and mud .... It was difficult to breathe. If we put our head to the side, they beat us....” This is just one quote from dozens of testimonies by victims of police torture and ill-treatment Human Rights Watch recorded…
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Civil society organizations call to convene a Special Session to address human rights violations committed in the leadup, during and after the August 2020 Presidential elections

26 August 2020 Excellencies, We, the undersigned Belarusian and international non-governmental organisations, write to you to express our utmost concern and call on you to urgently convene a Special Session of the United Nations Human Rights…
Police officers detain a protester in Minsk, Belarus, on July 14, 2020 during a protest rally against a decision to bar a number of opposition candidates from running in the presidential elections on August 9.
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Government’s Limited Covid-19 Protection Measures Risks Lives

This Sunday, in Minsk, Belarus authorities will hold a large parade – a jarring sight, considering much of the world is in various stages of Covid-19 lockdowns. The parade will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazis in World War II,…
Servicemen of Belarus Ministry of Defence wearing protective gear spray disinfectant on each other after disinfecting a hospital in Minsk
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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus

The report of the Special Rapporteur clearly indicates “the absence of significant improvements” in the country, and despite some marginal improvements on freedom of association, flags “further restrictions on online media.” As said by one of…
Riot police detain a man during a rally in Minsk on March 25.
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Re: Protecting Human Rights in Australia’s Foreign Policy

Dear Minister Payne, Congratulations on your reappointment as foreign minister. Human Rights Watch looks forward to working with you to make protection of human rights a strong pillar of Australia’s foreign policy. We attach a…
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Human Rights Council Seat Demands Greater Leadership

(Sydney) – The Australian government should make the protection of human rights a central focus of its foreign policy, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the recently reappointed Foreign Minister Marise Payne that was released today. …
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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

We, the undersigned international human rights organisations, urge your delegation to maintain scrutiny on the human rights situation in Belarus, including by ensuring the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in…
Riot police detain a man during a rally in Minsk on March 25.
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Item 4 Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Belarus

The Special Rapporteur’s latest report finds that the Belarusian government is continuing its pattern of systemic oppression and human rights abuses and that there has been no improvement of the human rights situation in the country. Human Rights Watch’s…
Riot police detain a man during a rally in Minsk on March 25.
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Inquiry, Officers’ Arrests Positive First Steps

The Gambian authorities should thoroughly investigate the alleged excessive use of force by police causing the deaths of two anti-sand mining demonstrators on June 18, 2018, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. The…
Gambian security officers at the Supreme Court in Banjul, December 5, 2016.
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Item 4 Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Belarus

According to the most recent Special Rapporteur report, throughout March 2017, the government unleashed a nationwide violent crackdown on peaceful protests. HRW’s on-the-ground research, which included interviews with journalists, human rights activists,…
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Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

We, the undersigned international human rights organizations, urge your delegation, and the United Nations Human Rights Council, to support the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus under Item 4. …
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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

Your Excellency, We, the undersigned international human rights organizations, write to urge your Delegation to address the human rights situation in Belarus during the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and to vote in favour of…
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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

Your Excellency, We, the undersigned international human rights organizations, write to urge your Delegation to address the human rights situation in Belarus during the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and to vote in favour of…
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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…