Belarus

Dictatorship No More? EU Sanctions Lifted at the Expense of Civil and Political Rights in Belarus

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One year ago, the EU lifted sanctions against Belarus. The sanctions were imposed in response to human rights violations perpetrated by the Belarusian regime, but were lifted without any improvements to the human rights situation. On the one year anniversary of EU’s, Civil Rights Defenders releases a report entitled: Dictatorship No More? EU Sanctions Lifted at the Expense of Civil and Political Rights in Belarus.

Stockholm Pride – A Time to Show Solidarity and Support

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This week, thousands of people gather in the capital of Sweden to take a positive stance against discrimination toward LGBT people, and to celebrate dignity, equality, diversity and human rights. While the concept of Pride is widely recognised in many parts of the world, the acceptance is not. In order to draw attention to the environment our friends and colleagues are forced to work in, Civil Rights Defenders is glad to welcome LGBT activists from Belarus, Russia and the Western Balkans to this year’s Stockholm Pride.

(Svenska) Civil Rights Defenders intervjuas om valet i Vitryssland

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(Svenska) Den 11 oktober var det presidentval i Vitryssland och som förutspått var det Aleksandr Lukasjenko, som styrt landet de senaste 20 åren, som vann. Civil Rights Defenders är en av flera människorättsorganisationer som kritiserat valet eftersom det inte genomförts fritt och demokratiskt. I en intervju med Sveriges Radio kommenterar vår programchef för Österuropa och Centralasien den rådande situationen.

“The Government is in Full Control of Citizens’ Lives”

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On the 11th of October President Lukashenka will run for a 5th term in office. Civil Rights Defenders spoke to several Belarusian human rights defenders to hear what they have to say about the election. One of them says that “the presidential election in Belarus does not differ much from the previous ones”. The majority of the human rights defenders have chosen to remain anonymous due to fear of reprisals.

International Day of Solidarity with Civil Society in Belarus – August 04th

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August 04th is celebrated as the International Day of Solidarity with Civil Society in Belarus. It is all the more important as the human rights landscape in Belarus has not improved, having been overshadowed by events in Russia and Ukraine. This was underpinned by Miklós Haraszti, the UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus in his report to the Human Rights Council at the end of June where he noted no real improvements in the human rights situation in the country.