Belarusian human rights groups respond to Viasna extremist labeling


Statement by Belarusian human rights organizations in connection with the recognition of Viasna as an extremist organization

We, the Belarusian human rights organizations, strongly protest against the declaration of the Viasna Human Rights Center as an extremist organization and express our solidarity with our colleagues.


We sent a message to the UN Special Procedures on the practice of recognizing civil society organizations as extremist formations


The Belarusian Helsinki Committee, Human Constanta, Lawtrend and the Belarusian Association of Journalists addressed the special rapporteurs on freedom of expression, rapporteurs on freedom of peaceful assembly and association, and on the human rights situation in Belarus to describe the practice in using anti-extremism legislation to harass representatives of civil society organizations by the authorities.

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