Today, the U.S. State Department released an annual report on the state of human rights in the world in 2010. Part of the report devoted to Belarus has clearly critical evaluation.
The document submitted to the Washington Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It is, in particular, noted that in 2010 there was a large-scale attack on the civil society in the world. Speaking of negative trends, Clinton called the restriction of access to the Internet by governments in over 40 countries. Among the alarming trends by U.S. Secretary of State — as the repression of minorities, which are held by racial, ethnic and religious characteristics.
In the document, the State Department noted that 2010 "Serious violations" were observed in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Among the countries where the situation over the past year has improved, the report called Guinea, Indonesia and Colombia.
We bring you the preamble of the Belarusian section with small reductions:
During the year the government continued to make frequent and serious abuse of the political system, dominated by the president, and that has no restraint and balances.
Authorities denied citizens the right to change their government, manipulating the presidential elections on December 19 to avoid a serious challenge to the incumbent. Elections lacked independence and impartiality; opposition candidates were at a disadvantage and had limited opportunities in the media and counting was observed lack of transparency.
Security forces beat and detained protesters used excessive force to disperse peaceful protesters and are reportedly tortured during the investigation. Dispersal of demonstrations after the elections ended with the arrest of more than 700 activists and criminal charges against the five presidential candidates and many activists and journalists. There were reports of ill-treatment of prisoners, prison conditions remained extremely difficult. The authorities carried out arbitrary arrests and detentions of citizens for criticizing officials for their participation in demonstrations and other political causes.
Impunity remained a serious problem. Judiciary lacked independence, she suffered from inefficiency and political interference, and the results of court cases often were predetermined, and many of the processes carried out behind closed doors.
The government continued to violate the rights of citizens to privacy, restrict the activity of opposition youth leaders call for military service.
The authorities further restricted civil liberties, including freedom of speech, press, assembly, association, religion, and freedom of movement. The government seized printed materials, civil society activists, and did not allow independent media to disseminate information and materials.
The government continued to interfere or do not permit religious groups that do not belong to the Belarusian Orthodox Church, sometimes fines or deported them for worship leaders.
Corruption in all branches of government continued to be a problem.
Authorities harassed and fined, non-governmental organizations and political parties, many refused to register and then threatened them with prosecution for operating without registration.
Discriminate against persons with disabilities, Roma, ethnic and sexual minorities, persons with HIV / AIDS, and those who sought to use whiteRussian language.
Authorities harassed and fired from time to time members of independent trade unions, severely limiting the ability of workers to form and join independent trade unions.