Currently, there are 169 “extremist formations” in Belarus, 62 of them were put on the list in 2023. Viasna reports the organizations that were recognized as “extremist formations” in 2023 and reminds about security measures.
Repressions have continued in Belarus for over three and a half years since the start of the 2020 election campaign. At least 1,430 political prisoners are currently in custody. Viasna provides a review of the situation with political prisoners in 2023.
Why are Belarusian speakers faced with daily discrimination in their home country, ranging from verbal abuse to arrests? Can Belarusian be saved in spite of systemic discrimination? The new film by Voice of Belarus, Malanka Media and Human Rights Center Viasna examines the challenges and complexities surrounding the use of Belarusian in Belarus.
In 2022, Russia has used the territory of Belarus to wage war against Ukraine with full knowledge and consent of Alexander Lukashenko’s regime. However, thousands of Belarusian citizens stepped forward as volunteers and combatants, contributing to the fight for Ukraine’s freedom.
Belarusians abroad met in Warsaw for a large Christmas event, at which the Association of Belarusian Business Abroad held a charity auction to support the children of political prisoners.
The Human Rights Center Viasna has submitted information to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, providing details on instances of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, as well as torture, inflicted upon women in Belarus.
The BYSOL Foundation's Evacuation Department was announced the winner of the “Human Rights Initiative of the Year” award. It has helped hundreds of people fleeing political persecution.
Only the fall of the regime will give Belarusians a chance to establish democracy and protect human rights. The democratic forces have developed a strategy for transition to the New Belarus.