Belarus

The Belarusian authorities clamp down on all manifestations of critical thinking. Human rights defenders and political opponents are the main targets. We monitor and report on the situation, to influence policy makers in Europe to work actively for democracy and respect for human rights in Belarus.

Read about the current human rights situation in our country report Human rights in Belarus

Seminar: LGBT activist fighting oppression

Siarhei Androsenka became a police target when 71 activists from all over Belarus signed a application in the attempt to register the organisation Gay Belarus with the authorities. It didn’t take long until the regime responded. Activists were called in for questioning and police conducted raids on gay clubs in Minsk and Vitebsk. Others were stopped at the border and had their belongings searched. In at least one case, a member of the organisation was beaten in a police station. Hear Siarhei talk about the situation for LGBT people in Belarus and how it feels being forced into exile.