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Prisoner executions in Belarus ‘simply unacceptable’, says UN rights body

The continued use of the death penalty in Belarus has been condemned by an authoritative UN rights body after three men were reportedly executed there, despite its requests for clemency.

Updated Human Rights Committee comment on ‘right to life’ offers protection from 21st century threats

An authoritative UN rights body has issued potentially far-reaching legal opinions on one of the world’s most important human rights documents: the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The new General Comment on Article 6 of the Covenant by the UN Human Rights Committee provides protection to populations from modern, lethal threats that include weaponized drones, environmental degradation and natural disasters. Committee vice-chair Cleveland tells spoke with Daniel Johnson of UN News.

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‘Deteriorating’ human rights in Belarus amounts to ‘wholescale oppression’: UN expert

A crackdown on free speech is the latest worrying development amid the deteriorating, “wholescale oppression” of human rights in Belarus, an independent expert told the UN General Assembly, on Thursday.

Fallout from Chernobyl disaster still a 'very important challenge' for Belarus

The explosions at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exposed around 8.4 million people to life-threatening radiation, and the three countries affected are still living with the consequences today.

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Worsening human rights 'cyclical': UN Belarus expert

Human rights in Belarus are not improving, but rather “going from worse to worse.”

That’s the view of Miklos Harazti, Special Rapporteur on human rights in Belarus, who has been accused by the government there of ignoring positive developments and barred from entering the country.

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Boost regional cooperation, for the ‘sake of peace and prosperity,’ Belarus tells global leaders at UN

The past few decades have been fraught with two contradictory tendencies – enhanced political fragmentation and increased economic globalization, Belarus’ Minister for Foreign Affairs told the United Nations General Assembly today.

Belarus: UN expert decries Government’s return to mass violence against peaceful protestors

A United Nations-appointed independent expert on the human rights situation in Belarus has expressed dismay over the Government’s return to the policy of violent mass repression against peaceful demonstrators, non-governmental organizations, journalists and political opponents, and is calling on the authorities there to stop harassment and violence.

Violations of freedom of expression and the media continue in Belarus – UN rights expert

Human rights violations are growing worse in Belarus, according to a new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the country, Miklós Haraszti, which he presented to the UN General Assembly today.

‘Permission-based’ public life regime has nearly paralyzed civic freedoms in Belarus – UN expert

A senior United Nations expert on human rights in Belarus warned today that several generations have grown up in the country “with no experience of what the words ‘pluralism,’ ‘labour rights,’ ‘free enterprise,’ ‘free artistic creation’ or ‘free media’ mean in reality.”

UN rights expert urges ‘broad reform’ of oppressive media governance in Belarus

In a report to the General Assembly, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus called on the country to start reforming its laws and practices that have for two decades stifled its citizens' right to freedom of expression.