The UN’s human rights expert on Belarus today called for international support for human rights defenders in the East European country as crackdowns on peaceful protests spread ahead of the 9 August presidential election.

UN experts today demanded that Belarus refrains from violence against peaceful protesters ahead of 9 August presidential elections. They urged the Government to abandon its policy of arbitrary arrests, violence and intimidation against civil society activists.

On June 26, 2020, a presentation of the UN Charter in Belarusian was held at the Loshitskaya Manor Museum to mark the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter.

On 20 June, every year marked as World Refugee Day, it is important more than ever to come together in solidarity and unity. For the 79,5 million people who were forced to flee from their homes.

On June 18, a press conference was held at the National Press Center of the Republic of Belarus with the participation of the Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Belarus, the Department of Citizenship and Migration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus. The event was attended by UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and the Honored Artist of the Republic of Belarus Iskui Abalyan.

On May 27, 2020 an online meeting was held bringing together SDG National Coordinator Anatoly Isachenko, UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Belarus Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki, UNICEF Representative in the Republic of Belarus Rashed Mustafa Sarwar, UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Alexandra Solovieva, and UNFPA Assistant Representative in Belarus Olga Atroshchenko.

Concerted action with a focus on equity could still limit the impacts of this unprecedented crisis: closing the digital divide would reduce by more than two-thirds the number of children currently not learning because of school closures.