The International Monetary Fund has urged greater austerity for Belarus, including freezing wages and allowing the national currency to float freely, to justify the emergency financing of billions of dollars.
Belarusian security forces used force on June 12 to disperse a protest by car owners against new gasoline restrictions on the Belarusian-Polish border.
Veteran Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alekseyeva said in Minsk that she is very concerned about the human rights situation in Belarus.
Belarusian police have detained an independent trade union leader for almost three hours without explanation.
Vendors at a major Minsk market announced on June 7 that they will hold "a warning strike" on June 15 to protest the market owner's decision to annul its contracts with the stall-keepers.
A prominent Polish-Belarusian journalist charged with insulting Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka will go on trial next week behind closed doors.
On December 8, 1991, the leaders of the Soviet republics of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia signed an agreement that effectively dissolved the Soviet Union and created the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Belarus has secured a $3 billion loan from a Russian-led bailout fund.
Former Belarusian presidential candidate Ryhor Kastusyou says the authorities are doing everything to "turn my family into beggars."
The local head of an embattled Polish cultural organization in eastern Belarus has fled to Poland fearing possible arrest.
Jailed Belarusian presidential candidate Mikola Statkevich has been denied a visit by his wife and 84-year-old father.
The international human rights monitoring organization Freedom House has included Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan on its list of the world's worst human rights abusers