Human Rights Center “Viasna” is a non-governmental human rights organization created in 1996 during mass protests of the democratic opposition in Belarus.

Political prisoner Ihar Lednik died in imprisonment

Ihar Lednik, another political prisoner, passed away at the age of 64. Commemoration events in memory of the civil activist took place in Białystok, Warsaw and Kraków.

“Who is helping you?” Mass KGB raids target political prisoners and their families

Throughout Belarus, on January 23, KGB officers conducted mass searches, interrogations and detentions of political prisoners' relatives. At least 100 people were affected.

In 2023, 62 organizations were labeled “extremist”, 11 of them are media outlets

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…

Political prisoners of Belarus in 2023. Infographics

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…

Belarusians’ struggle to save their language despite discrimination

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…

War in Ukraine: Is Belarus a co-aggressor?

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…

Torture in stress positions, beatings, unsanitary conditions: what Belarusian women face in prisons

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,…

Five reasons why concept of human rights still works

Activists from the Human Rights Center Viasna shed light on why, in their perspective, the concept of human rights endures, what gives them strength and motivation to defend human rights,…

Palina Sharenda-Panasiuk: Winner of the Human Rights Solidarity Award

The laureates of the 2023 Human Rights Society of Belarus Award have been announced. The award ceremony, marking International Human Rights Day, took place in Vilnius on December 10, 2023.

Solidarity without borders: a guide on supporting political prisoners from abroad

With thousands of Belarusians scattered all over the world, Viasna has gathered possible ways to support and cheer up political prisoners from abroad.

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