Tanya KOROVENKOVA

Belarus not ready to abolish death penalty, envoy says

Belarus is not yet ready to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, Yury Ambrazevich, Belarus’ permanent representative to the UN Office at Geneva, said on October 9, speaking at the 124

European Parliament urges Belarusian authorities to stop harassing journalists

The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution urging the Belarusian authorities to end the judicial harassment, intimidation and threats against journalists and independent media outlets.

Lukashenka has phone conversation with Putin

Alyaksandr Lukashenka had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Expert issues warning over draft changes to Media Law

The government has drawn up a bill aimed at helping it tighten its grip on the media, the chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) warned on Monday.

Lukashenka: Unauthorized demonstrations must be suppressed instantly

Any unauthorized demonstrations that “interfere with the life of people” must be suppressed instantly, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Tuesday, speaking to Interior Minister Ihar Shunevich.

Belarus remains among "not free" countries in Freedom House’s report

Freedom House, a Washington-based international non-governmental organization, has ranked Belarus "not free" in its Freedom in the World Survey 2018.

Vyasna reports deterioration in human rights situation in 2017

The human rights situation in Belarus “considerably” deteriorated in 2017, according to an analytical review by the Vyasna Human Rights Center.

Lukashenka urges scholars to fend off information war

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Wednesday called on Belarusian scholars to fend off what he described as a "global" information war waged through the media.

Lukashenka to skip Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels

Alyaksandr Lukashenka will not attend an Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels on November 24, the Belarusian foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

German foreign minister says he is impressed by Belarus’ commitment to EU

German Vice Chancellor/Minister for Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel said in Minsk on Friday that he was impressed by the Belarusian government’s commitment to the idea of European unity.

EU cancels visit of its commissioner to Belarus

The working visit of Johannes Hahn, the European commissioner for European neighborhood policy and enlargement negotiations, has been cancelled, a spokesperson for the EU’s Delegation to Belarus, told BelaPAN.

Lukashenka invited to Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has been invited to an Eastern Partnership summit, which is scheduled to be held in Brussels on November 24.

Lukashenka holds talks with Venezuelan president in Minsk

Alyaksandr Lukashenka held talks with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at the Independence Palace in Minsk on Thursday.

Lukashenka appoints new information minister

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Thursday relieved Liliya Ananich of her position as information minister and appointed Alyaksandr Karlyukevich to succeed her.

Belarus-EU visa facilitation will not be initialed this fall

Belarus and the European Union are not expected to initial their visa facilitation and readmission agreements at a summit of the Eastern Partnership in Brussels on November 24.

European People’s Party denounces human rights violations in Belarus

The European People’s Party (EPP) adopted a resolution denouncing human rights violations in Belarus at a meeting in Copenhagen on September 5. In particular, the resolution criticizes mass arrests of peaceful demonstrators this past spring.

Leader of labor union, two more persons facing tax evasion charge

Henadz Fyadynich, chairman of the Belarusian Union of Electronic Industry Workers, the union`s chief accountant Ihar Komlik and Natallya Pichuzhkina, a former editor of the union`s website praca-by.info, may be charged with tax evasion, the organization confirmed on Wednesday.

Ambassador: Ukraine will never be calm about military exercises involving Russia

Ukraine will never have a calm attitude toward military exercises involving Russia, Ihor Kizim, the Ukrainian ambassador to Belarus, said in an interview with BelaPAN.

Lukashenka: Huge number of observers invited to attend Zapad 2017

Belarus has taken steps to dispel neighbors` concerns over its coming joint military exercise with Russia and invited a "huge number" of observers to attend the maneuvers, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Thursday in Minsk, speaking at a meeting with top officials representing the Security Coun

Lukashenka vows that Belarus will do everything for peace in Ukraine

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Friday reiterated his pledge that Belarus would do everything possible for peace and stability in Ukraine.

Resolution critical of Minsk omitted from OSCE PA session’s final declaration

A resolution criticizing Belarus’ human rights record was not included in the final declaration adopted on the final day of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s 26th Annual Session in Minsk on July 9.

PACE regrets human rights abuses in Belarus

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Tuesday adopted a resolution that expressed regret over human rights abuses in Belarus and urged Minsk to suspend the construction of the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant.

Minsk urges UN rights body to abolish position of rapporteur on Belarus

A Belarusian diplomat on Wednesday called on the UN Human Rights Council to abolish the position of its special rapporteur on Belarus.

KGB head will not say whether riot case will reach trial

The head of the Committee for State Security (KGB) declined to say on Tuesday whether a so-called riot case would actually get to court.

Natural resources minister a suspect in forgery inquiry

Andrey Kawkhuta, minister of natural resources and environmental protection, is under investigation on suspicion of forgery, Yuliya Hancharova, spokesperson for the Investigative Committee of Belarus, said on Thursday.