Belarus: What is not permitted is prohibited: Silencing Civil Society in Belarus: Amnesty International written statement to the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 May – 14 June 2013)
Hundreds of persons in Belarus every year are directly deprived of their rights to freedom of association and assembly. Civil society organizations face closure, and individuals face prosecution if they criticize the authorities. Civil society activists face repressive legislation, presidential decrees, and overzealous interpretation of these laws and decrees by ministry officials and judges. In this statement Amnesty International conclude that law and practice in Belarus are not in line with international standards on freedom of peaceful assembly and association and urge the authorities to effect practical changes .