How to help?

How to contribute to the work of International Observation Mission and Committee of International Control over the human rights situation in Belarus?

Now there are several ways to help our groups working in Belarus.


1. To take part in the International Observation Mission in Minsk. The Mission’s main tasks are: to monitor, to attend court hearings, to assist local human rights defenders, to collect and to spread information, etc.

Now we need people of two types:

  • well-known human rights activists and experts, whose participation and status would be important for the Belarusian authorities, journalists, etc.
  • people who have experience in monitoring, observing human rights violations, information support for human rights work, etc. –  to monitor the situation, perform informational provision of its work etc.

If you or your colleagues would like to take part in Mission’s work - from several days to 1-2 weeks - please contact us: byc@hrgroups.org

2. Join the Committee of international control over the human rights situation in Belarus. Commitette is the community of human rights and civil organizations from different countries. The Committee will develop and provide recommendations to Belarus authorities and international organizations to change the situation in the country based on Observation Mission’s information and evidences.

If your organization wants to become a member of the Committee, please contact us: byc@hrgroups.org

3. To assist and support of Information centres on the situation in Belarus. Now there are “Information centres” in Kharkov, Kiev and Moscow – which will provide searching and processing of all information, translation into English, working with local media, contact with journalists, etc. We are looking for people who could organize such centres and undertake the work in them in other cities. First of all – Warsaw, Brussels, Vienna, Strasbourg :)

4. If you have time and ability to write texts, to help with translations or web-design – we also would appreciate this :))

5. During long time the Mission’s work in Minsk was built entirely on the personal contribution of time, effort and money of certain people. We would welcome any financial support – primarily to pay for international mobile communications – to call from Ukraine and Russia to Belarust and back, as well as travel and accommodation expenses of Mission in Minsk. If you can help with that – please contact us.

Belarus:

+37533 636 05 00 (МТС)
+37533 340 67 72 (МТС)
+37525 910 28 58 (Life)

Russia:

+7903-656-03-78 (Beeline)

Ukraine:

+38068 410 27 41 (Beeline)
+38063 066 74 65 (Life)

 

The general contact address: BYC@hrgroups.org

News of Belarus

Belarus: PACE Political Affairs Committee condemns the prosecution of political opponents

"Given the ongoing harassment and political trials of civil society and political opponents, and continuing the restrictions of freedom of speech and association, the human rights situation in Belarus is deteriorating and remains a matter of serious concern," today said Sinikka Hurskainen (Finland, SOC), outgoing PACE's rapporteur on Belarus.

Human Rights Defenders in Belarus are severely persecuted: Statement of Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

In Belarus, the crackdown on opposition politicians, civil society groups, human rights defenders and media continues. While no less than seven hundred demonstrators were arrested in the evening after the elections of 19 December, several of them have now been brought to court, have faced unsubstantiated charges and received extreme sentences.

Human rights activists from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are detained in Minsk. Two Russians Must Leave Belarus in 24 Hours

4 May 2011--Today at approximately 18.30pm [Minsk], officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus have thwarted the presentation of the an independent report prepared by an independent expert group led by Mr Neil Jarman, the Special Rapporteur of the Committee on International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus. The objectives of the report were limited to an impartial assessment of the events which took place on 19 December 2010, including civic protests on Independence Square, ensuing arrests and detentions, without analysis of the implementation and results of the Presidential elections.