In this report, ARTICLE 19 and Human Constanta examine the interpretation of various Belarusian legislation – in particular on ‘extremism’ and ‘hate speech’ – that is in contravention with the country’s obligations under international human rights law. The report finds that the legislation fails to comply with international freedom of expression standards going beyond the boundaries established by Articles 19 and 20 of the ICCPR.
Belarus: Right to freedom of expression and ‘extremism’ restrictions
18 March 2021
Analysis of changes in anti-extremism legislation (overview from the perspective of Belarus’ international obligations in the field of human rights)Analysis of the proposed amendments to the anti-extremist legislation (review from the perspective of international human rights obligations of Belarus).
Authorities designate Telegram channel NEXTA as “extremist” in further crackdown on independent mediaWe, the undersigned organisations, strongly condemn the ruling by a Belarusian court to include the popular Telegram channel NEXTA in the list of “extremist” materials under Article 17.11 of the Code of Administrative Offences.
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