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Age of Consent Legislation/Cases/References
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National

In 1994, reportedly the age of consent in Belarus was equalised at 16 years for gay men, lesbians and heterosexuals alike, when homosexuality was decriminalised [R1.1].

R1.1 Melbourne Star Observer: Belarus Legalised Gay Sex in 1991 23 AUG 96
Censorship, Freedom of Expression, Free Speech, Right of Assembly Legislation/Cases/References
1.

Cities & Towns

On 11 December 2013, the authorities in Minsk, reportedly announced the banning of two LGBT rights rallies shcedule for 11-12 December [R1.1].

R1.1 EdgeOnTheNet: Belarus Bans Two LGBT Rights Demonstrations 12 DEC 13
Hate Crimes Legislation/Cases/References
See also: [VIOLENCE]
1.

National

On 13 January 2015, a court in Minsk rejected calls for Zmitser Lukashevich to be imprisoned for a homophobic hate crime and sentenced him to two years and eight months in prison for beating homosexual man Mikhail Pishcheuski so badly that he has been in a coma. Witnesses testified at the retrial testified that Lukashevich attacked Pishcheuski after loudly insulting him about his homosexuality [R1.1].

R1.1 RadioFreeEurope: Minsk Court Sentences Gay-Basher For Inflicting 'Unintentional' Injuries 13 JAN 15
Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
1.

National

In 1994, the criminal law in Belarus was amended to decriminalise consensual sex between same-sex couples [R1.1].

R1.1 ILGA: State-Sponsored Homophobia PDF 382.87kb, 14 MAY 08
Capital Q: Repeal of Gay Sex Laws 05 NOV 97
Melbourne Star Observer: Belarus Legalised Gay Sex in 1991 23 AUG 96
Violence: Bullying, Domestic Violence, Harassment, Victimisation, Vilification Legislation/Cases/References
1.

National

On 13 January 2015, a court in Minsk rejected calls for Zmitser Lukashevich to be imprisoned for a homophobic hate crime and sentenced him to two years and eight months in prison for beating homosexual man Mikhail Pishcheuski so badly that he has been in a coma. Witnesses testified at the retrial testified that Lukashevich attacked Pishcheuski after loudly insulting him about his homosexuality [R1.1].

R1.1 RadioFreeEurope: Minsk Court Sentences Gay-Basher For Inflicting 'Unintentional' Injuries 13 JAN 15

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