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Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

UN Special Rapporteur Miklós Haraszti [official profile] on Thursday warned [press release] that Belarus continues to sentence and imprison political opponents of the government. Haraszti cited examples from April and May where existing prisoners we given extended sentences or placed under worse conditions and called for their releaseThis year, the … [read more]


Student Commentary
3 Jun 2012

JURIST Columnist Volha Samasiuk is an LL.M. Candidate from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and she was formerly a legal consultant for the Belarus Food Safety Improvement Project. She discusses professional stratification in the Belarus legal system and the difficulties created by the division between advocates and commercial … [read more]


Professional Commentary
26 Jan 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Johann Bihr, Director of the Press Desk for Europe and Central Asia at Reporters Without Borders, says a new Belarusian law not only limits the online freedoms of individuals, but also creates harsh penalties for Internet providers, all in a government effort to exert more control over … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Internet restrictions [Law 317-3 text, in Russian] passed in February 2010 are set to go into effect in Belarus on Friday, amid international criticism. The law creates several tiers of limitations on the Internet. Anyone who owns a shared connection, or a CyberCafe, must monitor all users to insure … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Tuesday signed the Belarus Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2011 [text, PDF], which will impose new sanctions on Belarus. The law labels President Alexander Lukashenko [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] a dictator and states that he "established himself in power by … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Belarus Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2011 [text, PDF], imposing new sanctions on Belarus [JURIST news archive] in reaction [press release] to what the bill's author calls "the worst political crackdown in Europe in well over a decade." If … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] A Belarus court convicted [press release] human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the president of Viasana and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy websites], of tax evasion on Thursday, sentencing him to a four-and-a-half-year prison term. Viasna is a non-governmental human rights organization in Belarus that … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday suggested a need for UN intervention [report text, PDF] in Belarus and demanded the nation free non-violent political prisoners. Although Belarus is an active member of the UN and has ratified many of its human rights policies, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) [official website] expressed concern [press release] Friday over Belarus' handling of human rights activists and its efforts to silence opposition. OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis, said that the situation in Belarus is amounting to persecution of dissenters, citing … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Members of the Belarus Parliament have introduced a bill that would ban so-called "silent protests," including those involving large groups of people basically doing nothing. The law seems aimed at stopping numerous silent protests [AFP report] across Belarus with protestors meeting in large groups chanting, clapping hands or standing … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Belarus' Minsk City Court delivered suspended sentences on Friday to two former presidential candidates, Uladzimer Nyaklyaeu and Vital Rymasheuski, convicted of organizing protests following the re-election [JURIST report] of President Alexander Lukashenko [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] in December. The two-year suspended sentences [RFE/RL report] were handed down days … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Belarus's Minsk City Court on Saturday sentenced former presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau [Free Belarus Now profile] to a five-year maximum security prison sentence for organizing protests following the re-election [JURIST report] of President Alexander Lukashenko [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] in December 2010. Lukashenko reportedly won 80 percent of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Belarusian officials on Saturday released seven people, including one presidential candidate, who were taken in to custody [JURIST report] last month following protests surrounding the country's presidential election [press release, in Russian]. The release comes amid speculation that the European Union (EU) [official website] will reimpose a visa ban … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2010
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The American rights group Freedom House [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] the US and European Union (EU) [official website] to renew full sanctions against Belarus in the wake of post-election unrest. Freedom House commended U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and European High Representative Catherine Ashton [official … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Belarusian police arrested hundreds of demonstrators on Monday, including seven of the nine presidential candidates, who were protesting the results of Sunday's presidential election [press releases, in Russian]. The official results, announced Monday, declared incumbent Alexander Lukashenko [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] the winner of the presidency for the … [read more]


Student Commentary
13 Oct 2009

Ingrid Burke, Pitt Law '11; and Rick Grubb, Pitt Law '10; attended a University of Pittsburgh speech by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speech during the G-20 summit...Russian President Dmitry Medvedev came to the University of Pittsburgh during the G-20 summit to give some remarks of his own on the 50th … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] Monday temporarily suspended its travel ban on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile] and several other Belarussian officials following the first high-level talks between Belarus and the EU in four years. A meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg [backgrounder] directed the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Aug 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] Belarusian officials released opposition politician Alexander Kozulin [CFR profile and interview] from prison Saturday after two years' detention for staging political protests. Kozulin was sentenced to more than five years in prison in July 2006 for leading unauthorized protests over the controversial re-election [JURIST reports] of Belarusian President Alexander … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] Belarusian online news services and journalist organizations have denounced a proposed new law [BAJ report] that would restrict online press freedom by requiring news services to register with the government. The House of Representatives of Belarus' National Assembly [official website, English version] approved the "On Mass Media" law Tuesday … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The Belarus KGB [official website] Thursday detained at least 16 journalists and searched their homes and offices for materials that allegedly libel Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile]. The Belarus Deputy Prosecutor General said that the searches related to an animated Internet cartoon that allegedly insulted Lukashenko … [read more]

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