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2022 Report on International Religious Freedom: Belarus

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The constitution grants the freedom to profess and practice any religious belief but prohibits religious activities directed against the sovereignty of the state, its constitutional system, and “civic harmony.” A concordat grants the Belarusian Orthodox Church (BOC) rights and privileges not granted to other religious groups, and the law recognizes the “determining role ... Read More»

Mission Belarus August 9 Press Statement 

Three years ago, tens of thousands of Belarusians from all walks of life took to the streets to demand change in response to the fraudulent 2020 election.  In response to peaceful protests, Belarusian authorities launched a brutal crackdown, with security forces arresting and imprisoning thousands of mothers and fathers, teachers, tradespeople, pensioners and others, many ... Read More»

Belarus Independence Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 3, 2023 On the occasion of Belarus’ official Independence Day, the people of the United States of America send their warmest wishes to the people of Belarus. Your courage, resilience, and perseverance in pursuing a democratic, sovereign, and stable future for Belarus have inspired the world.  From behind prison walls, in the ... Read More»

2023 Trafficking in Persons Report: Belarus

BELARUS (Tier 3) The Government of Belarus does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so, even considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its anti-trafficking capacity; therefore Belarus remained on Tier 3.  The government decreased trafficking-related investigations and prosecutions and identified ... Read More»

2022 Country Report on Human Rights Practices: Belarus

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Belarus is an authoritarian state. The constitution provides for a directly elected president who is head of state and a bicameral parliament, the National Assembly, as well the All-Belarus People’s Assembly, a previously ad hoc body that was enshrined in the constitution through the February 2022 referendum. A prime minister appointed by the ... Read More»