FIDH

Mobilising for Justice
in Belarus

The ongoing political crisis in Belarus started in May 2020.

On 25 May 2021, Belarusian teenager Dzmitry Stakhouski jumped to his death from a 16-story building. He was facing criminal charges for participation in peaceful protests between 9-11 August 2020. In his suicide note, the 18-year-old wrote that "the Investigative Committee [main investigating authority in Belarus] is to blame." His story is emblematic of the mental and physical suffering the current regime has inflicted on the thousands of people who dared to speak out for a free and democratic Belarus.

Over the last year, numerous participants in the democratic movement have faced widespread and systematic repression from Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s long-standing authoritarian regime. Thousands of protesters have been detained and prosecuted, with hundreds ill-treated and tortured. Many politicians and leaders of the protest movement have been put behind bars or forced to leave Belarus. Many journalists, lawyers, and human rights activists have been attacked for doing their job. At the same time, not a single criminal case has been brought against those responsible for the violent crackdown, despite numerous reports of police brutality and misconduct.

FIDH, along with its member organisation in Belarus, Viasna Human Rights Center, has been closely monitoring the human rights situation in Belarus over the last year. This page provides detailed insight into the persisting human rights violations and repressions in Belarus.

Monitoring the human rights situation


  • 35000
    peaceful protesters detained, at least

  • 4200
    documented criminal cases

  • 586
    political prisoners

  • 4
    confirmed deaths

  • 1800
    reports of torture

  • Hundreds
    of human rights activists persecuted

  • Thousands
    of Belarus citizens forced to flee their country
  • And so far still… 0
    investigations initiated against officials responsible for the abuses in Belarus

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