About us

As it's main task the Association "Human Rights in Belarus" sees the clarification of fact concerning the "disappearances" of oppositional figures in Belarus in 1999 and 2000 - the politicians Juri Sacharenko and Viktor Gondschar, the businessman Anatoli Krasowski und the journalist Dimitri Sawadski.

According to a report of the Council of Europe published in spring 2004 leading representatives of the Lukaschenko-regime are responsible for the execution and the cover-up of those crimes. “Human Rights in Belarus“ lobbies for indict the actors - either in a Belarusian or an international court. Doing this the association closely works with the relatives of the victims and civil organizations, which represent their concerns.

Also the mysterious death of the leader of the democratic opposition and candidate for the president ship, Gennadi Karpenko, on April 6, 1999, needs to be examined.

The registered association "Human Rights in Belarus" was founded on July 9th, 2004 in Berlin, Germany. Its aim is to support people and initiatives who get involved with the implementation of human rights, rule of law and democracy in Belarus. To achieve this, the association does the following:

  • Information of the public about violations of human rights in Belarus
  • Lobbying at governments, parliaments and European institutions for a systematic and continuous support of the independent civil society of Belarus
  • Support of NGOs for the defending of victims of the political persecution in Belarus and victims of prosecution.
  • Humanitarian support for victims of human rights violations.

The association "Human Rights in Belarus" only sponsors exclusively and proximate charitable purposes.

Individuals and entities of public or private life can become members of the association.

The board consists of three persons: Chair of the board is the former Ambassador of the OSCE to Belarus 1998-2001, Dr. Hans-Georg Wieck. Vice-chair are Ms. Stefanie Schiffer, head of the "European Exchance gGmbH" and the former member of the German Parliament, Dr. Helmut Lippelt.

The association has assigned an advisory board consisting of representatives from organizations and individuals, who support the human rights in Belarus in a special way.







Repressions in Belarus

In Belarus - on of the EU's new neighbors in Eastern Europe - human rights are heavily violated.

President Alexander Lukashenka, in 1994 elected according to a democratic constitution, has changed the country with a ‘coup d’état’ in November 1996.

Afterwards he changed the country into a neo-soviet authoritarian state: The standing of the constitution and legislation was replaced by arbitrariness of president's decrees.

The division between the executive, legislative and juridical branch of the state was revoked. Elections were systematically rigged. The parliament has no rights. The budget of the president is kept in secret.

Electronic media are under the state's supervision. The free press is hindered, critical journalist are tracked.

Organizations which not depend on the government are interdicted.

Leading representatives of the opposition were killed or have disappeared. Those and other violations of human rights were documented by international and Belarusian human rights organizations in Belarus as well as by the Council of Europe, die OSCE and the United Nations.

However, Lukashenka’s regime could profit from the circumstance that the political agenda for Belarus is very limited in Europe.

Under this, people who become victims of repression or who wish themselves a democratic state and the rule of law, suffer.














Board: Dr. Hans-Georg Wieck, Stefanie Schiffer, Christoph Becker

Address: Postfach 330516, 14175 Berlin, Germany