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

Appeals for help from Belarus. You too can do something that easy!

Appeals for help from Belarus. You too can do something that easy!

There is a danger that the Belarusian topic will finally go off the radar since the West has its own current news: elections in the USA, the coronavirus, local protests ...
ALEXANDER KORDJUKOV REMAINS IN CUSTODY

ALEXANDER KORDJUKOV REMAINS IN CUSTODY

Absurd looking pictures from Minsk: Dictator Aleksandr Lukashenka met with about twelve political prisoners in the KGB prison for talks. The power over published pictures and the staging was of ...
The Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Belarusian Democratic Movement

The Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Belarusian Democratic Movement

Belarus, 31 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The German section of the ISHR reminds the famous words of Mikhail Gorbachev and says to the President of Belarus: ...
Gennady Shutov shot and killed by a police officer. ISHR’s clarification and assistance to Shutov’s family.

Gennady Shutov shot and killed by a police officer. ISHR’s clarification and assistance to Shutov’s family.

Gennady Shutov, 44, was one of the thousands of participants in a demonstration against the Lukashenko regime that took place on 11 August 2020 in the Belarusian university city of ...
Detention and Tortures in Belarus - Victims of political persecution need help

Detention and Tortures in Belarus – Victims of political persecution need help

Maria Kolesnikova was taken to prison in Zhodino in the north-east of Minsk (as of 13 September). Lukashenko's regime wanted to forcibly deport to Ukraine a courageous 38-year-old opposition activist ...
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) ...
Interview with World War II veteran Alexandr Grigoryev (Belarus)

Interview with World War II veteran Alexandr Grigoryev (Belarus)

The Great Patriotic War veteran, partisan shares his thoughts to the matter in accordance with the 75th anniversary of the Victory over Fascism in an op-ed Interview with World War II veteran Alexandr ...
Results of an ISHR (Belarus) Young Human Rights Defender School students World War II survey

Results of an ISHR (Belarus) Young Human Rights Defender School students World War II survey

Results of a students of the ISHR (Belarus) Young Human Rights Defender School operated on the basis of the Brest State College of Communications interview dedicated to the 75th anniversary ...