Human Rights House in partnership with the European Union and international civil society organizations will hold an event in parallel of the 53rd session of the UN Human Rights Council on the growing human rights problem in Belarus.
The event, which will take place in Geneva, will present a report on the systematic harassment, intimidation and restrictions of media freedom and civic activism in the country.
One year has passed since the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus at the previous session, which stated the destruction of civil society as a result of government policies, but Belarus has not taken any measures to implement the recommendations contained in the report.
Moreover, the human rights situation in Belarus continues to deteriorate and the country even withdrew from the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, limiting international opportunities for legal protection of its citizens.
The side event, organized by the Human Rights House Foundation, aims to draw the attention of the international community to the serious human rights violations in Belarus. The event will focus on the most urgent violations taking place in the country and will emphasize the need for continued international intervention to address this problem.
The organizers of the event hope that drawing international attention to human rights violations in Belarus will lead to pressure on the government and stimulate reforms aimed at restoring civil liberties and protecting human rights in the country.
The situation in Belarus remains an important subject of discussion in the international arena, and events such as this one play a key role in supporting the Belarusian people and fighting for respect for human rights.