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Human Rights, Civil Society, Democracy Building, Censorship, and Related Issues in Belarus

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One of the newer topic areas for the A Belarus Miscellany Web site, human rights, regrettably, appears to be a much more important issue with every day that passes.

Included in this very broadly defined topic area are also efforts in Belarus related to civil society (the rule of law, and so forth), democracy building, free access to information, and related issues. Traditional Belarusian culture and language are also being threatened.

All of these areas, and more, are special challenges within the post-Soviet existence of Belarus.

Genocide by Soviet NKVD at Kurapaty

An excellent, but excruciatingly sad, starting point when considering human rights in Belarus today is the following Web site about Kurapaty:

The following article about the Cherven Massacre (1941) also provides important historical information that should not be forgotten:

  • Follow this link for information about the massacre of thousands at Cherven, Belarus (Mensk Region), by the Soviet NKVD in 1941.

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Belarusian Diaspora Organizations

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Coalition in Defense of Democracy and Human Rights in Belarus

    This coalition had been inactive since the break up of the Soviet Union. Recent events (i.e., in the mid-90's) in Belarus have necessitated its re-activation, sad to say.

      Coalition in Defense of Democracy and Human Rights in Belarus
      9 River Road
      Highland Park
      New Jersey 08904

      TEL: (732) 247-1822, 254-6527
      FAX: (732) 418-9838, 254-8951

      E-Mail Contact: Alexander Silwanowicz

        Sponsored by:

        Belarusian American Association, Inc.
        Belarusan Congress Committee of America
        Belarusan Autocephalous Orthodox Church
        Belarusan Institute of Arts and Sciences
        Association of Belarusan American Veterans
        The World Association of Belarusan Jewry
        Organization of Belarusan American Youth
        Belarusan American Cultural & Educational Society
        Bielarusian Coordinating Committee of Chicago
        Belarusan American Women's Association
        Belarusan-American Union
        Belarusan-American National Council
        Belarusian Canadian Alliance
        Belarusan Canadian Coordinating Committee

Links to General Resources about Human Rights on the Web

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  • Inex Online, Index Index -- entry for Belarus
      "Index on Censorship, the bi-monthly magazine for free speech, widens the debates on freedom of expression with some of the world's best writers. Through interviews, reportage, banned literature and polemic, Index shows how free speech affects the political issues of the moment."

      "Index Index incorporates information from the American Association for the Advancement of Science Human Rights Action Network (AAASHRAN), Amnesty International (AI), Article 19 (A19), the BBC Monitoring Service Summary of World Broadcasts (SWB), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the Canadian Committee to Protect Journalists (CCPJ), the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ/FIP), the International Federation of Newspaper Publishers (FIEJ), Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), International PEN (PEN), Open Media Research Institute (OMRI), Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) and other sources."

      "This site is supported by the European Commission."

  • Also refer to The British Helsinki Human Rights Group Web site.

    BHHRG is a registered charity in the United Kingdom and relies on volunteers to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the human rights basket of the Helsinki Process. For information about the Group's activities and the prices of its reports, please contact the Group at this address:   e-mail:

    One of their publications, "Belarus: The End of Independence? (1995)," was excerpted in the Fall, 1995, edition of the Belarusian Review.

    The BR noted that the report is 43 pages long, costs 15 pounds sterling ($23, US), and also gave their street address as:

    This report is now available on the BHHRG Web site, and can also be downloaded in a "ZIP" file.

      The British Helsinki Human Rights Group
      22 St. Margaret's Street
      Oxford OX2 6RX

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