Viasna

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

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At least 58 Belarusians detained at border when entering Belarus

The Viasna Human Rights Center tells why law enforcement agencies prosecute Belarusians returning home from abroad, what kinds of sentences the detainees receive, and what conditions people who'd like to…

Belarusian political prisoners in 2022: Infographics

The repressive totalitarian regime in Belarus has been working hard to stamp out any dissent. In 2022, politically motivated detentions and torture continued, new criminal cases were opened, and the…

Nobel Prize laureate Ales Bialiatski pleads not guilty at sham trial

The trial against Viasna human rights defenders, including the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ales Bialiatski, commenced on January 5 in Minsk. The defendants face 7 to 12 years of imprisonment.

Natallia Hersche: “I want to come to New Belarus!”

Ten months after her release, the former political prisoner talked to Gazetaby.com about how she hadn't given in while in detention despite the terrible conditions, how she was undergoing rehabilitation,…

Ales Bialiatski’s Nobel speech: “Today the entirety of Belarus is in prison”

The human rights activist Ales Bialiatski was unable to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in person because he has been imprisoned by the Belarusian regime for 17 months. On December…

Viasna receives Human Rights Tulip prize

On December 8, 2022, the Human Rights Tulip award ceremony was held in The Hague. The Viasna Human Rights Center has won the prize this year.

“One can’t endure such conditions. He will die”: Repeated arrests and torture in Belarus

This has been a common practice in Belarus for more than a year now: after a person is sentenced to a few days of administrative detention, they are repeatedly detained…

Flag of Ukraine and 2021 calendar: What Belarusians were detained for in November 2022

According to the Viasna Human Rights Center, at least 354 Belarusians were detained in November 2022 for protesting against the dictatorship and war in Ukraine. This means an average of…

Ales Bialiatski: What will happen to Belarus?

November 25 marks the 500th day of the human rights defender Ales Bialiatski's imprisonment. On this day, Libereco, a German-Swiss human rights NGO, will hold events in Zürich and The…

114 people sentenced to 425 years of imprisonment in October alone

At least 114 people were convicted in politically motivated criminal cases in Belarus in October 2022, reports the Viasna Human Rights Center.

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