Belarus: a month after December 19th. What's next? Press conference

On 19 January 2011, the Belarusian Human Rights House is hosting a press conference on the human rights situation in Belarus. International experts and representatives of human rights organizations from different countries will present their assessment of what is happening in Belarus from the human rights perspective.

When: Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 13:00

Where: Vilnius, Latako str. 3

Host: Belarusian Human Rights House

Contact: ( +370 5 212 7703 )

They also will announce preliminary working results of the International Observation Mission of Committee of international control over the human rights situation in Belarus.

Press conference will be held just after a meeting of NGOs with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and the participants will present recommendations for the Government of Lithuania, the Presidency of the OSCE.

A month after the presidential election and dispersal of opposition demonstrations in Minsk the information about interrogations, searches in the offices of human rights defenders, journalists and opposition actors continue. Thirty-one people are imprisoned pending trial on charges of organizing riots. The official Minsk continues to build new versions of those events.

One of the reactions of civil society to what is happening was to create a Committee of international control over the human rights situation in Belarus. The International Observation Mission of the Committee, working directly in Minsk, monitors the situation, assists local human rights defenders and covers the events. It consists of people from various NGOs from OSCE countries, replacing each other during work in Mission. The Committee itself includes more than 20 organizations who agreed to join forces for continuous control over the human rights situation and the nomination of joint claims to normalize the situation, including using the mechanisms of the OSCE.

Lithuania became the president of OSCE for 2011, and it underscores important role of the Lithuanian government’s position in changing the situation in Belarus.

The languages of the press conference are English and Russian.

For more information please contact:
byc@hrgroups.org
http://hrwatch-by.org

News of Belarus

PACE rapporteur on Belarus condemns continuing political repression

Strasbourg, 09.03.2011 - At a meeting of the PACE Political Affairs Committee in Paris today, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, Sinikka Hurskainen (Finland, SOC), strongly condemned the continuing repression of civil society, human rights defenders, independent media and political opponents in Belarus.

Russians were taken to court: extend and don’t have mercy on

An author is an employee of the International observation mission Committee to control the situation concerning human rights in Belarus. Also a task is to observe uncover of the cases and a justice in criminal cases of the 19th of December

Jagland reacts to sentencing of opposition activist in Belarus

Strasbourg, 18.02.2011 – "Reducing the opposition to silence and ignoring basic democratic principles will not help President Lukashenka and the Belarusian authorities to gain legitimacy or credibility among the international community," said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today.