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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

News & Updates

The Council of the European Union has decided to end visa bans and to unfreeze assets of 170 senior Belarusian officials and three companies.

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

Senior Program Manager, Eurasia

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.

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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 2007

Sudan, North Korea and Uzbekistan are prominent among the most repressive regimes in the world, according to a report released by Freedom House.  The study, “The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2007,” named seventeen countries with the worst records for political rights and civil liberties, and pointed to thirteen countries which have been on the list for five years or more.

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