RHRPA “Belarusian Helsinki Committee”

NEWS

  • Statement of civil society organizations in Belarus regarding harassment of Viasna Human Rights Centre and its activists

    General Directorate for Investigation of Offences related to Organized Crime and Corruption of the Central Bureau of the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus has initiated criminal proceedings against the Human Rights Center “Viasna” based on its activities. This criminal case was brought under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (Organization and active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order). In this case, active investigative actions are currently being carried out, including searches in the regional offices and apartments of the organization members, summons for interrogations and other procedural actions. Dmitry Solovyov, a Council member of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", is a suspect in this case and is under a travel ban. The list of persecuted human rights defenders is apparently open. //
  • 7 new names on list of political prisoners

    We consider the following convicts as political prisoners: Mikita Kharlovich (sentenced to five years in prison under Part 1 of Article 295-1, Article 13, Part 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code); Dzmitry Tsimashenka (sentenced to two and a half years in prison under Article 364 of the Criminal Code); Aliaksandr Dziarkach (sentenced to four years in prison under Articles 342, 364, and 218 of the Criminal Code); Yuliya Kashaverava (sentenced to one and a half years in prison under Part 1 of Article 339 of the Criminal Code); Aliaksandr Karatchenia (sentenced to one and a half years in prison under Article 363 of the Criminal Code); Natallia Rayentava (sentenced to eight months in prison under Article 364 of the Criminal Code); Mikita Zalatarou (minor, sentenced to five years in prison under Article 13, Part 2 of Article 293, Article 295-3 of the Criminal Code). //
  • UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEURS INFORMED ABOUT NEW DRAFT LAW ON EXTREMISM AND OTHER DRAFT LAWS AND IDEAS UNDER CONSIDERATION AIMED AT RESTRICTING HUMAN RIGHTS

    We requested that the thematic special rapporteurs contact the Government of the Republic of Belarus and seek additional information about the above mentioned draft laws aimed at restricting human rights and freedoms, the purpose of their adoption and possible negative impact on the realization of human rights. //