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Migrants and refugees

2022 Humanitarian crisis in Belarus and at the border with the European Union

In 2021, a cross-border humanitarian crisis began on the border between Belarus and neighboring states of the European Union (hereinafter referred to as the EU), when, in aggregate, tens of thousands of transit refugees arrived and continue to arrive singly or in groups to Belarus to cross the border with the EU and apply for international protection.This report maps the main stages of the humanitarian crisis in 2022, analyzes important developments in terms of the protection and promotion of human rights.
Migrants and refugees

Joint Statement: Halt Extradition of Activist Nasriddinov to Tajikistan

Human rights organisations, express grave concern for the fate of the activist Nizomiddin Nasriddinov and call on the Belarusian authorities not to extradite Nasriddinov to Tajikistan.

Newsletters about situation with human rights in Belarus

The human rights organization Human Constanta regularly prepares a news digest on human rights violations in Belarus after the August 9 elections.

Overview of the fight against “extremism” in Belarus for October-December 2022

The review reflects the main trends in the use of markers “extremism” and “terrorism” in Belarus from October to December 2022.
Migrants and refugees

Belarus and Russia recognize mutual visas of each other: what does it mean

From March 2023, foreign citizens and stateless persons will be able to enter, leave, stay, and transit through the territory of Belarus and Russia on the basis of a visa of one of the two states and identity documents.

What charges are brought against human rights activist Nasta Loika?

Recently, information surfaced about the second article under which the human rights activist Nasta Loika was charged.
Migrants and refugees

Human rights defenders in Latvia are being judged for helping transit refugees: why is this a violation of international legal norms

On January 13, it became known about the beginning of a criminal trial against two representatives of the Latvian organization Gribu palīdzēt bēgļiem (English: “I want to help refugees”), who provide assistance to transit refugees on the border between Belarus and Latvia.

Human Constanta’s statement regarding the release of the “Belarus Today” material and accusations of “espionage”

On 20 December 2022, “Belarus Today” published an article under the title “Espionage network under the guise of human rights activists was uncovered by the employees of the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.” We have something to say.
Migrants and refugees

Report on the situation with the refugees and asylum-seekers from the Middle East in Belarus, October 2022

This report is prepared by the human rights organisation Human Constanta, which has been protecting the rights of foreigners and stateless people in Belarus for more than five years.

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Humanitarian crisis

Human rights organization Human Constanta has collected information about the migration situation with "transit refugees" and is sharing a thematic report on this page. We call this situation a "humanitarian crisis" and recommend, among other things, organizing a humanitarian corridor for the 1,000 people who are still in Belarus.

Ice Hockey World Championship 2021 in Belarus: joint statement by human rights organizations

Human rights violations continue in Belarus: 18,000 people were detained for expressing opinions and participating in peaceful gatherings between August and 9 November 2020. From the beginning of the presidential election campaign to 4 November, at least 4,600 people were brought to administrative responsibility for political reasons. At least 850 people have become suspects in […]

No one is illegal

The stigmatizing word "illegals" is increasingly heard in the media. So people are called, although this is a wrong definition, entailing discrimination and even hatred. We wrote 7 reasons why calling people “illegal” is wrong.

Entry to Belarus for foreign citizens

From 2018, citizens of 74 countries can come to Belarus and stay there for up to 30 days without any visa. Which countries are in the list, what types of visas there are and what entry conditions see in our infographics.

22 tries — animation about refugees in Brest

Perpetual Humanitarian Assistance Mission in Brest Human Constanta started in October 2016. At that time the local migration crisis occurred at the border. What kind of refugees are in Brest and what are they fleeing from? Together with the Dutch animator and the Clear studio we tried to talk about it in a small clip.

Foreign students in Belarus

How many foreign students study in Belarusian higher educational institutions? We made inquiries, collected information for 2017 and made a clear infographic.

Road through Belarus

We have gathered tips for human rights defenders, journalists, and activists on safe transit and stay in Belarus: what threats can there be and how to respond to them. In most cases, you will have no problems, but each situation is unique, so help the council members who will help you help.

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