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Census in Belarus: Statistical Background of National Drama
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Last week, official results of the last, 2009 national census were released. Population of Belarus decreased from 10 million (1999) to 9.5 million (5.4% during 10 years). It was caused by falling birth rates and population in general is...
16 September 2010
Amnesty International calls for investigation into the death of Belarusian journalist

On September 15, international human rights watchdog has written to the Prosecutor General of Belarus calling for a prompt, impartial and effective investigation...

30 July 2010
Amnesty International: conscientious objector released in Belarus
Amnesty International: conscientious objector released in Belarus

Amnesty International has welcomed the release of Yevgeny Yakovenko, a conscientious objector who had been sentenced to one year in prison for “evading military service”. He was released under an...

3 July 2010
Any hope for conscientious objectors in Belarus?
Any hope for conscientious objectors in Belarus?

Ivan Mikhailov, Dmitry Smyk and Yevhen Yakovenko – the three young men convicted since late 2009 of refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience – separately told Forum 18...

24 May 2010
Insider’s view from Belarusian Gay Pride March
Insider’s view from Belarusian Gay Pride March

Sergey Yenin, a vice chairman of the LGBT Human Rights Group GayBelarus.By and co-organizer of the Slavic Pride in Minsk shares his first-hand experience. Gay Pride March took place in Minsk on May...

17 May 2010
Belarusian Higher Education System is Undergoing a Steep Decline?
Belarusian Higher Education System is Undergoing a Steep Decline?

Belarus is the only European country which has not signed the Bologna Declaration on the European Space for Higher Education. It still relies on a largely unreformed Soviet model of higher education. The...

11 May 2010
Minsk Authorities Ban Slavic Gay Pride scheduled for May 15
Minsk Authorities Ban Slavic Gay Pride scheduled for May 15

According to GayRussia*, the city authorities have banned this weekend's Slavic Gay Pride March, using an obscure law that says public events are not allowed near underground pedestrian crossings and metro stations.

30 April 2010
Freedom House Labeled Belarus as “Worst of the Worst”
Freedom House Labeled Belarus as “Worst of the Worst”

Washington-based think tank Freedom House was unimpressed by liberalization recently declared by Belarusian authorities. Fair enough - Belarus does not have a single TV or radio station which would be critical of the...

26 April 2010
How to Benefit from Being Encircled by Soviet-Type Nuclear Plants
How to Benefit from Being Encircled by Soviet-Type Nuclear Plants

On 26 April 1986, a human error and the Soviet equipment caused the Chernobyl disaster - the largest technological catastrophe ever. For many days Soviet authorities attempted to conceal the scale of the...

20 April 2010
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Where is Belarus in International Rankings?

Below is an overview of position of Belarus in various international rankings. The overview suggests that although human potential of the country is relatively good, the country has serious problems with freedom. As a result, the realization of this...

31 March 2010
Third opposition candidate for presidency
Third opposition candidate for presidency

In his article for the Jamestown Foundation the known expert on Belarus David Marples portrays Andrei Sannikau who recently announced his willing to run for the presidency.

19 March 2010
David Miliband on Responsibility to Applaud
David Miliband on Responsibility to Applaud

The UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband singled out Belarus in his introduction to the Foreign Office's Annual Report on Human Rights 2009.

14 March 2010
US Department of State: Journalists, Demonstrators and Protestants Targeted in Belarus
US Department of State: Journalists, Demonstrators and Protestants Targeted in Belarus

The US Department of State released its annual report on human rights in Belarus. The report meticulously documents problems with human rights in Belarus ranging from discrimination of...

9 March 2010
The Women’s Unfeminine Holiday
The Women’s Unfeminine Holiday

March 8 in Belarus: a celebration of emancipation has turned into its opposite. An article by one of this website's authors on the occasion of the Women's Day.

7 March 2010
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Internet Censorship in Authoritarian Belarus

  Belarusian Review Spring 2010 GUEST EDITORIAL by Viachaslau Bortnik