Belarus’s resumption of executions and failure to address violations of freedoms of expression, association and assembly are a continuing affront to human rights
Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Belarus. During its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Belarus accepted a number of fairly general recommendations concerning human rights issues in the country. However, the more specific recommendations calling for concrete action to address human rights violations, including violations of the right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly and concerning the use of the death penalty, have all been rejected by Belarus. This raises some questions about the government’s real commitment to using the UPR to improve the situation of human rights in Belarus.