Amnesty International published the report on the use of death penalty in 2016. Belarus is the only country in Europe where the death penalty is still possible. It restored executions in April 2016 after a 17-month break. At least four people were executed in the last year. Death penalty Europe and Central ASIA
Freedom House published annual survey of democratic reforms Nations in Transit 2016. For the first time since the first survey in 1995, there are now more consolidated authoritarian regimes than consolidated democracies. And what is the result of Belarus in this rating? It´s consolidated authoritarian regime with the democratic score 6,61 (1=most democratic, 7=least democratic). The worst-rated category is „Judicial Framework and Independence“ with the worst possible score 7. Even other categories are not rated much better.
Dear Mr. President We, 48 undersigned organizations from 24 countries, strongly condemn the continuing wave of detentions and harassment of peaceful protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, anarchists and opposition party members in Belarus. Most of the detentions and harassment are linked to participation in peaceful protests demanding the cancellation of Presidential Decree […]
The efforts to change the perception of Belarus in the world, to strengthen relations with the West, to receive as much foreign investment to support the weak Belarusian economy as possible, and at the same time not to jeopardize relations with Moscow – these are the most discussed topics in Belarusian international relations in recent months. In the second part of our interview, we had the opportunity to discuss these issues with a leading analyst of the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, Dzianis Melyantsou.
In recent months Belarus has experienced a wide range of internal political and economic changes. In addition, a number of reforms and constitutional amendments still await the country in the future. What will be the impact of these changes on Belarusian politics and society? In the first part of our long conversation, we discussed these and other topics with a leading analyst of the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, Dzianis Melyantsou.
Belarus in Focus Information Office in partnership with Press Club Belarus announces Belarus in Focus 2016 – 6th edition of an international competition for journalists writing about Belarus in international media.
Statement by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community on the criminal prosecution of Uladzimir Kondrus
According to information received by human rights defenders, on 14 June 2016, Uladzimir Kondrus, a resident of the town of Rudziensk, was taken into custody in jail No. 1 in Minsk. As later confirmed by the Investigative Committee, he is facing charges under Part 2, Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (‘rioting’).