Country analysis

Belarus 2015-16

TOP CHALLENGES FOR 2018:

  • The administration should introduce an immediate moratorium on the death penalty, follow the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council, and fully co-operate with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Belarus;
  • The Parliament should improve the legislative framework governing CSOs, ease the registration process for CSOs and foreign funding of CSOs, and abolish article 193.1, according to which the founding of, or participation in the activities of, an unregistered organisation is a criminal act;
  • Belarus should complete the requirements for a Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreement with the EU, and then push forward with meeting the technical and political requirements for visa-free travel to the EU’s Schengen area;
  • The government should conduct real economic reforms in line with the recommendations of international financial institutions and reduce the indebtedness of the state finances.

 

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