Migrants and refugees
2022 Humanitarian crisis in Belarus and at the border with the European UnionIn 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.
Joint Statement: Halt Extradition of Activist Nasriddinov to TajikistanHuman 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.
Belarus and Russia recognize mutual visas of each other: what does it meanFrom 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.
Human rights defenders in Latvia are being judged for helping transit refugees: why is this a violation of international legal normsOn 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.
Report on the situation with the refugees and asylum-seekers from the Middle East in Belarus, October 2022This 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.
For the first time in 12 years, the official authorities of Belarus hosted a UN Special Rapporteur in the countryHuman Constanta prepared a written report on the problems faced by migrants.
Free Legal office for the protection of the rights of foreign citizens and stateless persons: Report for 2021This report is an overview of the activities of the free legal office, the specifics of the appeals and a description of the legislative and law enforcement problems that we faced in 2021.
2 talks dedicated to World Refugee Day (June 17 and 20)We invite you to two online talks to discuss the challenges for refugees from Ukraine and other countries. The talks will be held by international experts on the topic.
Rights of foreigners and stateless persons in BelarusAgainst the background of the ongoing humanitarian crisis, we want to outline the general situation with the rights of migrants and refugees in Belarus, which, we believe, is important to be taken into account when considering ways to resolve this situation.
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