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Towards Human Rights: From the Ideals of Humanism to the Protection of Human Dignity

Can a conversation about society's path to human rights and the definition of human dignity give strength in today's circumstances and help us find resources? Philosopher Olga Shparaga believes it can.

How the whole world was writing human rights, and how the history can inspire today?

Post-Soviet countries are now undergoing a period of adopting and fully integrating human rights. The full-scale war in the center of Europe between Russia and Ukraine makes it necessary to take a new look at international institutions for the protection of these rights. Human rights activist Dmitry Makarov today talked of whether it was possible to seek inspiration in the history and legal design of human rights today

What does international humanitarian law say during the war?

During an armed conflict, human rights continue to apply, although some of them may be limited. Yet, the international humanitarian law (IHL), which is also called the “law of war,” starts to apply. Its key purpose is to minimize the consequences of war by making the belligerents follows certain rules of conduct.

“Extremism” in wartime – review of the fight against “extremism” in Belarus for January-March 2022

In the period from January to March 2022, Belarusian authorities continued to useanti-extremist laws to suppress dissent: state bodies reported on the fight against "extremism", state media wrote articles and made films on this topic, courts issued a new record number of decisions on recognizing materials as "extremist," the authorities published a list of "extremists" and introduced responsibility for the "denial of the genocide of the Belarusian people." More on these and other trends – in our review. 

ACCESS TO INFORMATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN BELARUS

In Belarus, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the right of citizens to access information was constantly violated.

17 short notes on “extremism”in Belarus

Brief description of 17 main points on extremism in Belarus.

Belarusian de-facto authorities’ and war crimes

Why are we calling Belarusian authorities de-facto authorities? What did Belarusian de-facto authorities do? What laws apply? What are the consequences of Belarusian authorities’ actions? What are war crimes? What exact actions of Belarsian authorities may qualify as war crimes?Read about it more in our material.

Peace. Equality. Human rights. A week of educational activities 14-23 March 2022

War, repressions, dear people under bullets – it’s hard to think about anything else right now, but it’s important to protect and support yourself in these difficult days. We believe that values and self-development can become a needed basis for self-care, so we welcome you to talk about important topics.

Statement on third countries citizens’ treatment fleeing from Ukraine

We, representatives of CSOs fully acknowledging that Ukraine is going through a disaster caused by the Russian military invasion, would like to attract attention to the situation with third-country nationalities residing in Ukraine.

Special projects

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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