BELARUS

Overview

Official name: Republic of Belarus
President: Alexander Lukashenko (since 1994)
Size: 207,600 square kilometers
Population: 9, 480,900 people (as of 1 January 2015)
Life expectancy at birth: 73.2 years
Capital: Minsk (Population 1,938,200)
National Structure: Belarusians – 83.7%, Russian – 8.3%, Poland – 3.1%, Ukrainians – 1.7%,  Other nationalities – 3.1% (according to the census in 2009)
Official languages: Belarusian, Russian
National currency: Belarus ruble (Br).
Economic indicators: (2014) GDP of $ 76.1 billion and the GDP per capita. $ 8,030.9 GDP growth – 1.6%, inflation – 18.1% [2].
Industry sectors: metallurgy, mechanical engineering, metal processing, chemical and petrochemical industries, light and food industry.
Natural resources: wood, peat, potash and stone salt, small deposits of oil and natural gas, granite, dolomite, limestone, clay, sand.

Source: ‘The most important facts, Belarus’ www.belarus.by / Official website of the Republic of Belarus. – Minsk, 2015 – Access: http://www.belarus.by/ru/about-belarus/key-facts. – Access Date: 2015.10.18.
World Bank in Belarus [Electronic Resource] / The World Bank Group. – Washington, DC, USA. – Type of access: http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/belarus. – Date of access. – 2015.10.18.

ISHR Section Belarus

The Belarusian Section currently has 75 members and is based in Brest, Belarus. It joined the ISHR in 1997.

The Belarusian conducts its activities in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, the state regulations for public associations, and the statutes of the International Society for Human Rights. The organization was founded and operates on the principles of voluntariness, independence, transparency, efficiency, and equality of its members.

The main purpose of the work of the section is to develop a strong culture and consciousness of human rights, as well as respect for human dignity and life. It focuses its work on the following areas:

  • Carrying out activities to support the realization of human rights
  • Promoting the importance of the ideas of human rights in society
  • Protecting the rights and legitimate interests of citizens and members of society
  • Promoting the establishment of a republican system of human rights education

In practice, the issue of human rights still remains relevant in Belarus. Thus, the organization has paid great attention to the issue of human rights education. This includes addressing human rights as a concept which extends beyond political rights and freedoms to include the relationship between economic, social and cultural rights.

The section is not affiliated with any political party or association, as human rights organizations should not have to fight for power, but rather have a humanizing impact on existing powers.

The Belarusian Section works to accomplish these goals strictly through non-violent and peaceful means, including activities such as conferences, academic studies, and expert field analyses. The Section also concentrates heavily on its work with students.

Reports

Institute of the Ombudsman in the Republic of Belarus
Profile: Prof. Ivan Kotlar

News

ISHR humanitarian aid at the polish border

ISHR humanitarian aid at the polish border

Hurt twice: Belarusians are fleeing with Ukrainians On the run again: Belarusians in exile in Ukraine. Alena is Belarusian from Gomel. When the protests in Belarus began in August 2020, ...
All hell is loose in the east

All hell is loose in the east

120,000 Russian soldiers on the Ukrainian border are an obvious threat to NATO and now the official recognition of the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. All hell is ...
Belarus: Release of political prisoner Natallia Hershe

Belarus: Release of political prisoner Natallia Hershe

Belarus: Release of political prisoner Natallia Hershe Swiss and Belarus citizen, political prisoner Natallia Hersche was released after 17 months in the Belarusian prison. This was announced by Swiss President ...
Buchbesprechung von Viktor Martinowitschs „Paranoia“

Buchbesprechung von Viktor Martinowitschs „Paranoia“

Die Buchbesprechung über das Buch von Viktor Martinowitsch „Paranoia“ Der 2010 im St. Peterburger Verlag AST Moskau und Astrel‘ veröffentlichte Roman, in Weißrussland verboten, 2013 auf Englisch erschienen, mit einem Nachwort ...
ISHR's (Belarus) Young Human Rights Defender School Marks the 1st Anniversary

ISHR’s (Belarus) Young Human Rights Defender School Marks the 1st Anniversary

ISHR's (Belarus) Young Human Rights Defender School Marks the 1st Anniversary ISHR's (Belarus) Young Human Rights Defender School Marks the 1st Anniversary The Young Human Rights Defender School was opened ...
Pyotr Kolpakov, veteran of the Great Patriotic War from Belarus, participant in the ISHR project “Tell me about the War,” dies at the age of 97

Pyotr Kolpakov, veteran of the Great Patriotic War from Belarus, participant in the ISHR project “Tell me about the War,” dies at the age of 97

Pyotr Kolpakov, veteran of the Great Patriotic War from Belarus, participant in the ISHR project “Tell me about the War,” dies at the age of 97 Participants of the ISHR ...
What to do if you are detained at a rally: advice from a lawyer

What to do if you are detained at a rally: advice from a lawyer

Due to the recent events in Belarus, the large number of detainees during protests and the human rights violations recorded during detentions have made it necessary to clarify for protesters ...
Interview with World War II veteran Pyotr Kolpakov (Belarus)

Interview with World War II veteran Pyotr Kolpakov (Belarus)

The Great Patriotic War veteran shares his intelligence on the Battles of Stalingrad and Kursk and much more Interview with World War II veteran Pyotr Kolpakov Kolpakov Pyotr Fedorovich (born in 1923) ...