The results are in from a massive, unprecedented crowd-sourcing survey of international opinion, launched in January 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

The Belarus Government should end “violent crackdowns” and “increasing repression” against protesters who are still contesting the result of last month's Presidential elections, UN deputy rights chief Nada Al Nashif told the Human Rights Council on Friday.

The Country Office of the World Health Organization in Belarus handed over 250 oxygen concentrators purchased and delivered with the financial support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to the Belarusian healthcare system. It is planned that the delivered oxygen concentrators of the leading world manufacturer will be used as part of the national reserve during the second wave of COVID-19 expected in autumn or winter and are to be distributed by the Republican Centre for Medical Response Organization to the medical facilities of the country, where supplemental oxygen support of the patients will be most needed. 

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Photo: WHO in Belarus. The World Health Organization, in cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), supplied 250 oxygen concentrators to Belarus

The purchased oxygen concentrators fully meet all the requirements of the World Health Organization.  This equipment for oxygen therapy is vital for the patients with moderate and severe cases of COVID-19 with low oxygen saturation levels caused by coronavirus infection. The operating principle of the concentrator involves generation of oxygen from ambient air and its delivery to a patient via the rhinal catheters.  Oxygen concentrators are completely autonomous and constitute an important source of oxygen for the patients with the reduced blood oxygen level. The concentrators are fitted with a bacteria-excluding filter, its generation capacity is 8 litres per minute and oxygen concentration in the mixture is over 90%.  They can also be used for two patients simultaneously.

The equipment for the total amount of 211,000 US dollars was delivered under the Support of WHO preparedness and response in fighting the COVID-10 pandemic project financed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Clampdowns on the media have increased sharply in 2020, the UN cultural agency said on Monday, highlighting 21 protests around the world this year in which State security forces have violated journalists’ rights.

Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday expressed deep concern over the continued use of force against peaceful protestors in Belarus and detention of those exercising their legitimate democratic rights.

The Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, has called on the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, to prevent human rights violations and “ensure full respect for workers’ rights and freedoms" during the wave of protests that have swept the country in recent weeks. 

UN human rights experts* today called on Belarus to stop torturing detainees and bring to justice police officers who reportedly have been humiliating and beating protesters in their custody with impunity.

UN urged the authorities of Belarus to release all who had been detained for participation in peaceful protests, to stop tortures of detainees and investigate all cases of human rights violations including disappearance of people. The state is obliged to encourage citizens in the exercise of their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and shall not persecute for it, - stated the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Photo by K.Golubovich. UN strongly condemned use of force against demonstrators in Belarus and urged the authorities to stop torture and release all the detained.