Belarus: UN voices concern at sentencing of leading human rights defender

The United Nations today voiced disappointment at the sentencing of a leading human rights defender in Belarus, and called on the authorities to immediately release all political opponents, activists and journalists jailed for exercising their rights.

Sanctions will not change Belarusian stance, General Assembly told

International economic sanctions imposed against Belarus after the disputed handling of presidential elections late last year will not lead to a change in policy or attitude, the country’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly’s annual general debate today.

Citing reported abuses, UN rights officials call on Belarus to free political detainees

United Nations human rights officials today called on Belarus to immediately release all political opponents not involved in violence, voicing concern at a pattern of rights violations involving freedom of speech and assembly and “serious allegations” of torture after last year’s elections.

Belarus: UN calls on authorities to ensure well-being of detained rights defender

The United Nations today voiced its concern about the arrest of the prominent Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialatski and called on authorities to guarantee his well-being.

UN committee says executions in Belarus violate international obligations

The United Nations Human Rights Committee today accused Belarus of violating its international agreements by executing two persons while their cases were still under review by the committee.

Belarus: UN Human Rights Council condemns election-related violence

The United Nations Human Rights Council today voted to condemn human rights violations before, during and after the presidential elections in Belarus late last year and urged the Government to end what it described as the “persecution” of opposition leaders.

Security Council deplores deadly blast in Belarusian capital

The Security Council has strongly condemned this week’s apparent terrorist attack in the Belarusian capital in which an explosion at a subway station killed at least 11 people and injured dozens of others.

Belarus: UN chief voices sorrow after deadly subway explosion

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed sadness after an explosion today at a station in the metro system of Minsk, the Belarusian capital, killed at least 11 people and injured dozens of others.

Belarus: UN rights official speaks out against sentencing of political opponents

The top United Nations human rights official today voiced deep concern at the harsh sentencing of Vasil Parfyankou in the first of dozens of trials against opposition leaders and supporters in Belarus.

Belarus: Ban again calls on Government to release detainees

Voicing concern at reports of harassment of political opponents in Belarus, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his call for the release of journalists, opposition candidates and their supporters detained after recent presidential elections.