OHCHR examination of the human rights situation in Belarus

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Background and mandate

In its resolution 46/20, on the situation of human rights in Belarus in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election and in its aftermath, adopted on 29 March 2021, the Human Rights Council requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, with assistance from relevant experts and special procedure mandate holders:

  1. To monitor and report on the situation of human rights, to carry out a comprehensive examination of all alleged human rights violations committed in Belarus since 1 May 2020, including the possible gender dimensions of such violations, to establish the facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged violations, and to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse information and evidence with a view to contributing to accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims and, where possible, to identify those responsible;
  2. To make general recommendations on improving respect for and the protection of human rights, and to provide guidance on access to justice and accountability, as appropriate;
  3. To engage with the Belarusian authorities and all stakeholders, in particular Belarusian, regional and international civil society, international human rights organizations, United Nations agencies, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and relevant States with a view to exchanging information, as appropriate, and providing support for national, regional and international efforts to promote accountability for human rights violations in Belarus.

The Council requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to present an interim oral update to the Human Rights Council at its forty-eighth session, and a comprehensive written report at its forty-ninth session, both to be followed by an interactive dialogue.

In accordance with this mandate, the High Commissioner for Human Rights established the OHCHR examination of the human rights situation in Belarus, with a secretariat based in Geneva, and appointed three experts to play a supportive and advisory role to OHCHR and the secretariat.

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On 1 July 2021, a Call for Submissions for the OHCHR examination of the human rights situation in Belarus was issued.


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Call for submissions

Information and documentation relevant to the mandate of the OHCHR examination of the human rights situation in Belarus.
(See template in English | русский) Read more.
Deadline: 15 December 2021

Mandate

Call for Submissions

OHCHR invites individuals, groups and organizations to submitinformation and documentation relevant to the mandate of the OHCHR examination of the human rights situation in Belarus.

OHCHR is interested in receiving information related to all alleged human rights violations committed in Belarus since 1 May 2020, including the possible gender dimensions of such violations.

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