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Belarusian independent unions receive 2021 Arthur Svensson prize

9 April, 2021The Arthur Svensson international prize for trade union rights has been awarded to the independent trade union movement in Belarus. They get it for their fearless struggle for democracy and union rights in Europe's last dictatorship.

ILO urges Belarus to stop repression and respect workers’ rights

31 March, 2021The Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) approved the report of the Committee on Freedom of Association and its recommendations to the Government of Belarus, urging the government to take measures to release all trade unionists in detention and drop all charges related to participation in peaceful protests and industrial actions.

Global unions meet Belarusian opposition leader

11 March, 2021Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the former presidential candidate in the Belarus elections of 2020 and the main opposition figure, met with representatives of global labour unions in Geneva today, in person and via Zoom.

IndustriALL calls on the ILO and the EU to intervene in Belarus

2 March, 2021As the entire Belarusian independent union movement is under threat, a stronger involvement and intervention by the international community is urgently needed in Belarus.

Dismissals and threats against Belarusian steelworkers

22 February, 2021Since August last year, 200 workers have joined the newly established local branch of Belarusian Independent Union (BITU) at Byelorussian Steel Works (BMZ). In response, union activists have been threatened with dismissals and faced union busting. 

IndustriALL condemns brutal raids on unions in Belarus

17 February, 2021On 16 February, police launched raids on the offices and homes of trade union activists, human rights defenders and journalists across the country.

Workers’ and human rights violations in Belarus must stop

21 January, 2021Union activists and workers in Belarus are receiving harsh court sentences for peaceful protests, fighting for democracy and freedom.

Belarus – human rights must be respected

10 December, 2020Today, on 10 December, we celebrate International Human Rights Day, but even after four months of struggle for freedom and democracy, most Belarusians cannot fully enjoy this day.

PROFILE: Struggle for democracy in Belarus

18 November, 2020In the last three months, Belarus has become known for the protests that started when the former president of the country, Alexandre Lukashenko, awarded himself 80 per cent of the votes in a widely contested election. Unprovoked police violence followed the rigged elections, triggering the protests.

International solidarity leads to release of jailed union leaders in Belarus

3 November, 2020Ten days ago we launched a campaign with LabourStart demanding the release of jailed trade union leaders in Belarus. After thousands of messages from trade union activists around the world, they have now been freed.