About us

The National Human Rights Public Association “Belarusian Helsinki Committee” is one of the oldest human rights defenders organizations in Belarus. Was founded in 1995. National leaders Vasil' Bykau, Sviatlana Alexievich (Nobel prize in literature 2015), Ryhor Baradulin, Radzim Harecki, Henadz' Buraukin are among founders.

We create civic context which helps people, business and government realize that building of the country which is comfortable for life is possible only through active participation and collaboration of all institutions and people. We see human rights as paramount element which contributes to development of people and economy.

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History of BHK

Its foundation on November 1, 1995 was considered to be a reaction to the socio-political situation in Belarus. Outrage upon the national white-red-white flag served as a peculiar catalyst for the establishment of the human rights organization.

Tatiana Protsko was the first chairperson of the association. Today Aleh Hulak is  the chairman of BHC. 

Nowadays its representatives work in 12 towns of the republic.

BHC exposes human rights violations, provides legal assistance to the individuals (annually BHC receives about 2000 complaints), regularly holds human rights seminars and educating training courses for youth activists and lawyers, publishes human rights literature, organizes various events, aiming to draw public attention to the issues of human rights violations in the Republic of Belarus.

BHC analyses the legislation and puts forward proposals on how to improve it: proposals to the Criminal Code, the labour legislation, the media legislation and the electoral law have been worked out, as well as to The Constitution of the Republic of Belarus. BHC members participated in missions of the International Helsinki Federation, observed the human rights situation in Transdniestria (Moldova), North Caucasus (Russian Federation), in the Ukraine, Tadjikistan and Uzbekistan.

BHC representatives took part in numerous “ordinary” and “celebrated” cases, defending Pavel Sheremet, Valery Shchukin, Irina Makovetskaya and other journalists; newspapers “Narodnaya Volia” and “Belorusskaya delovaya gazeta”; Yuri Bandazhevsky, Andrey Klimov and other prisoners of consience; relatives of the disappeared Yuri Zaharenko, Viktor Gonchar, Anatoly Krasovsky, Dmitry Zavadsky; representatives of different confessions; parliamentary and president candidates; participants of peaceful manifestations; entrepreneurs and socially exposed citizens; refugees; abused prisoners and hundreds of other people.

In 1998 BHC was presented with the award of the European Union and the United States for its recognition of achievements in promoting democratic values and a civil society.

Our contacts:
220036 Minsk, K. Liebnecht str., 68, office 1201;
Tel. +37517 222 48 01, fax: +37517 222 48 00;
e-mail: office @ belhelcom.org

* In this and other texts as BHC and Belarusian Helsinki Committee