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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Following Belarus’ release of six political prisoners, the U.S. Treasury partially lifted sanctions against nine Belarusian companies. 

Pressed by economic difficulties, the Belarusian regime is hoping to improve ties with the West while avoiding any political opening.

Freedom House would like to draw special attention today at the state of human rights in Belarus as it stands on the eve of presidential elections.


Belarusian political prisoners Mikalai Statkevich, Ihar Alinevich, Yuri Rubtsou, Mikalai Dziadok, Vasil Parfiankou, and Yauhen Vaskovich are finally free. 


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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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