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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9.5 million people
5,830 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Not Free
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

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

Jennifer Dunham
Project Manager, Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press
Elen Aghekyan
Research Assistant, Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press

To promote press freedom in this diverse set of countries, the EU will need to both step up its overall effort and customize its approach to meet the needs of each society.

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Those arguing for engagement with Minsk rely on a series of convenient illusions about the nature and intentions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime. 

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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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