Belarus: Crackdown on Independent Journalism

Click to expand Image Katsiaryna Barysevich, a journalist for the independent TUT.BY news website enters a court room during a trial in Minsk on 19 February, 2021. © 2021 RAMIL NASIBULIN/BELTA/AFP via Getty Images (Moscow) – Belarusian authorities have escalated repression against independent journalists in the past five months, Human Rights Watch said today. The […]

Belarus: Unprecedented Crackdown

Click to expand Image Demonstrators carry a huge historical flag of Belarus as thousands gather for a protest at the Independence square in Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 23, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky (Berlin) – Belarusian authorities unleashed a widespread, brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters and their supporters in the wake of the August 9, […]

Belarus: Expert Report Calls for International Inquiry into Torture

Click to expand Image A protester waves the former national Belarus’ flag in Minsk, on June 7, 2020, during a collect of signatures in support of alternative candidates ahead of Belarus presidential election on August 9, 2020. © Sergei Gapon/AFP via Getty Images (Berlin) – A new expert report has found “massive and systemic” human […]

Police Abuse Continues in Belarus

Click to expand Image Police officers detain Nina Bahinskaya, 73, during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, September 19, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/TUT.by Police abuse of peaceful protesters and passers-by in Belarus is continuing, as are protests over disputed presidential elections and police brutality. On September 12, a […]

Belarus: Internet Disruptions, Online Censorship

Click to expand Image Protesters in Belarus, Minsk, holding up their smartphones. August 25, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Sergei Grits (Moscow) – Belarusian authorities are disrupting internet access and restricting content online in response to peaceful, countrywide protests, Human Rights Watch said today. For over 18 days, protesters have demanded fair presidential elections and investigations into […]

Belarus: Use Europe Games to Spur Media Freedom

Expand The media photograph Marina Zolotova, editor-in-chief of news portal tut.by, as she attends her trial for alleged ‘unauthorised access’ to information from state-run BelTA news agency, in Minsk, March 4, 2019. © 2019 SERGEI GAPON/AFP/Getty Images   (Brussels) – The European Olympic Committees (EOC) should establish a complaints hotline for journalists during the 2019 European Games, Human Rights […]