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

Human Rights defenders are expulted from the country right from court premises

Today, on 28 April, after detention in the court and transportation to city-district department of militia, Ivan Kondratenko, representative of the International Observation Mission (IOM) was given an order about leaving the territory of the Republic of Belarus within 24 hours. It seems that expulsion of the human rights defenders and ban for their entry to the country becomes a norm for Belarusian Government.

Police says detained human rights activists are suspected of their involvement in the terrorist attack

On April 19, human rights activist Pavel Levinov, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (BHC) member, Oleg Borshchevsky, independent journalist, Olga Karach, “Our Home” organization leader, and Valeriy Shchukin, journalist and human rights activist, were detained in Minsk. Cases of detainees will be treated tomorrow at 10.00 in the Frunzensky district court of Minsk.

Russian journalist Alexander Lashmankin sentenced to administrative arrest in Orsha (Belarus). In response the journalist went on a hunger strike

The city courtof Orsha settledthe case of “disorderly conduct” in which Alexander Lashmankin was accused – a Russian journalist, editor of the news agency “Freedom”, which received official accreditation from the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. The judge Ina Kokhav found the arguments of the charges convincing enough and sentenced him to three days of administrative arrest. The jailed journalist went onhunger strike.