Repressive measures remain in Belarus

Fundamental civil and political rights remain seriously restricted. The persecution of independent journalists and human rights defenders will most likely intensify on the eve of the Presidential elections, according to our latest report.

Together with more than 50 Belarusian and international organisations we regularly compile reports regarding the human rights situation in Belarus. The report is sent among other to EU parliamentarians before their discussions about the relations between EU and Belarus. This latest report covers the period November 2009 until June 2010.

In September, the EU will again consider its future relations with Belarus and the possibility of sanctions. Belarusian civil society suggests that the EU pay attention to the following seven issues in order to promote more tangible and consistent change:
· The new Internet regulations;
· Insufficient amendments to electoral legislation;
· Continuous repression against unregistered organizations and failure to repeal Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code;
· Excessive oversight of registered civic organizations and media outlets;
· The forthcoming law on “Non-commercial organizations”;
· New political prisoners; and
· New death penalty verdicts.

Read the whole report: Monitoring report on developments in Belarus November 2009 – June 2010.

Categories: Reports.
Tags: Elections, EU, and Freedom of expression.
Regions: Belarus.