Belarus


For several years Freedom House has worked with human rights defenders and civic activists in Belarus to strengthen their ability to document and address abuses of fundamental freedoms in domestic and international justice systems. At the same time, Freedom House strives to bring the discussion about human rights closer to ordinary Belarusians, helping to build strong popular support for human rights defenders and their challenging work.

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After Belarusian political prisoner Mikalai Dziadok received another year in jail for “malicious repeat violations of prison rules,” Freedom House issued the following statement.

Issues: 
Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
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Eurasia

Freedom House issued the following statement after Belarus’ Minsk Economic Court to fined the Logvinau Publishing House 1 billion rubles (about $90,500) for the unlicensed sale of books. 

Issues: 
Freedom of Expression, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Eurasia

Following the release of Belarusian political prisoner Eduard Lobau, Freedom House issued the following statement. 

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Eurasia

Following Belarus’ release of Vasil Parfiankov, a political activist imprisoned after publicly showing solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners in 2013, Freedom House issued the following statement.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Eurasia

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Special Reports

Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On

“Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On,” marks the 20th anniversary of the failed Soviet coup of August 19, 1991. The retrospective essay examines the changes in the political rights and civil liberties in the former Soviet Union over the last two decades, as well as includes graphs and rankings that illustrate the region's performance in the annual Freedom House publications Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press. The report  concludes that there is a serious and disturbing failure to embrace democratic institutions in most of the post-Soviet region.

Worst of the Worst 2011: The World's Most Repressive Societies

Freedom House has prepared this special report entitled Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies, as a companion to its annual survey on the state of global political rights and civil liberties, Freedom in the World. The special report provides summary country reports, tables, and graphical information on the countries that receive the lowest combined ratings for political rights and civil liberties in Freedom in the World, and whose citizens endure systematic and pervasive human rights violations.

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