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UN Envoy: No Change In Belarus

The United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklos Haraszti, has warned that "no changes" have been initiated in the country to alter the "oppressive laws and practices" since the October presidential election. More

WATCH: Belarusian human rights activist Ales Byalyatski has called on the European Union to maintain political pressure on Belarus's authoritarian regime. On a visit to Brussels on February 3, the former political prisoner told E.U. officials that the situation inside the country has not improved since economic sanctions were suspended following the release of political prisoners last August. Speaking to Gregory Zhygalov of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, Byalyatski said Belrusian leader, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, has given no indication he's open to serious democratic reforms.

Video EU Urged To Pressure Belarus

A leading Belarusian opposition activist says the European Union must continue to pressure the ex-Soviet country's authoritarian president over his record on human rights and civil liberties despite a thaw between Minsk and Brussels. More

Paval Dabravolski was then detained and fined by the same court on charges of hooliganism and disobeying the police.

OSCE Slams Belarus Journalist Beating

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has condemned an attack against a journalist that was carried out earlier this week by police in Belarus. More

Azerbaijan was one of the countries criticized in the report for its crackdown on rights activists and journalists, including RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova.

HRW: Security Fears Increasingly Trumping Human Rights Protections

International watchdog Human Rights Watch has warned the world's governments not to sacrifice rights protection in the name of fighting terrorism or coping with refugee problems. More

Police officers detain a protester in Moscow last year. According to Freedom House, 2015 saw Russia and other authoritarian regimes "crack down harder on dissent."

Report: Biggest Slide In Freedom In A Decade

The worst year in global freedom in a decade saw Russia and China cracking down more due to "fear of social unrest" and particularly bad rankings for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Belarus, the rights monitor Freedom House reports. More

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