On 30 June 2016 the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council renewed the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Belarus, thereby emphasizing the necessity to monitor human rights violations in the country. In his most recent report, the ongoing Special Rapporteur Miklós Haraszti indicated to “the lack of significant change in the entrenched oppressive laws and practices in Belarus”.
This is further evidenced through an expert analysis carried out by human rights organisation “Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights”. Its report, supported by numerous infographics, shows how far removed the country still is from rule of law and respect for human rights. Repressions on civil society remain high – the state even increased use of fines against peaceful protesters and intensified application of the death penalty. This contradicts the European Union’s softening attitude towards the regime of President Aliaksandr Lukashenka who has ruled the country for 22 years.
The analysis and supporting infographics are available for free use and reprint on www.libereco.org/100days.