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News in Brief 19 November 2020

  • Refugee resettlement numbers are lowest in two decades: UNHCR 
  • Whole generation of children at risk from impact of COVID, says UNICEF  
  • Probe call for ‘excessive’ violence used against Belarus demonstrators 
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Violations continuing against Belarus protesters, UN human rights office warns 

More than three months on from the disputed presidential election in Belarus, the Belarusian Government continues to “wield the machinery of the State to commit human rights violations”, the Spokesperson for the UN human rights office warned on Friday.  

Belarus targets women human rights defenders after disputed August elections 

Independent UN experts criticized Belarus on Tuesday for persecuting women human rights defenders, who have been involved in the mass protests underway in the country since August’s controversial presidential election. 

News in Brief 2 November 2020

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Belarus: ‘There is no sustainable development without human rights’ - a UN Resident Coordinator blog

Belarus has been rocked by mass demonstrations, and violent state crackdowns, since the disputed August presidential election that saw Alexander Lukashenko returned to power. In this blog, Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki, the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus, explains what the unrest means for the Organization.

Belarusian Minster denounces Western attempts to sow ‘chaos’, says threats against his country must end

Political and economic threats against Belarus “must end” the Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei told the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly on Saturday, accusing Western nations of trying to sow “chaos and anarchy” in the country.   

Belarus must release opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava, stress independent rights experts

A group of UN independent human rights experts have called on Belarus to release prominent opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava, voicing serious concern over targeting and persecution of opposition politicians by the State. 

Belarus crisis under the spotlight at Human Rights Council

The Belarus Government should end “violent crackdowns” and “increasing repression” against protesters who are still contesting the result of last month's Presidential elections, UN deputy rights chief Nada Al Nashif told the Human Rights Council on Friday.

News in Brief 18 September 2020

  • Belarus debate in spotlight at Human Rights Council 
  • Syria: potential war crimes in Turkish-affiliated armed group areas  
  • Eastern Ukraine: UN humanitarian office sees signs of hope in ‘relative calm’ 
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Rise to the occasion to tackle injustice, Bachelet urges Human Rights Council

UN Member States gathered in person in Geneva on Monday for a new session of the Human Rights Council, where UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet urged countries to “rise to the occasion” to tackle injustice everywhere.