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What is Legalize Belarus?

Legalize Belarus is a civic movement that emerged in 2017 as a reaction against inhumane and ineffective drug policy in Belarus. The campaign is bringing public discussion on drug policy in the context of human rights, civil liberties and with an evidence-based approach. Activists focus on educating youth about drugs, about harm reduction practices and on advocating for decriminalisation of small amounts of controlled substances. Learn more!

State Slavery in Belarus is Reality

Officially, slavery is prohibited under the Belarusian Criminal Code (Article 181.1 of the Criminal Code — the “Use of slave labor”). The Belarusian Constitution guarantees a fair share of remuneration for the economic results of citizens’ work in accordance with its...

How to Reduce Harm of Drugs Event in Mahiloŭ

Original lecture of Legalize Belarus on harm reduction by the "boy in orange jacket" was held on 17 March 2019 in Mahiloŭ. Around 15 people gathered on this Sunday evening to learn about the effects of the most popular psychoactive substances in Belarus and about the...

Media Appearances

Piotr Markiełaŭ on the War on Drugs in Authoritarianism

Where there is a centralised power, in its operation, governing rely on numeric indicators such as the number of criminal cases that are to be brought to court by the law enforcement bodies, so called “planned” indicators. Even if it’s not regulated by public...

Belarus MDMA Death Case Highlights Danger of Prohibition

The text was originally published on TalkingDrugs. A high-profile criminal trial, involving a group of young people and a young woman’s tragic death following MDMA use, has gripped Belarus. On 4 August 2018, eight young people gathered in the apartment of Diana L...

Piotr Markiełaŭ spent 3 days arrested for a fake protest

On 17 May Legalize Belarus website legalize.by was blocked by decision of the Ministry of Information (MI) after they received a request from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). That was the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, when...

Women’s Hunger Strike in Belarus Protests Harsh Anti-Marijuana Laws

More than a dozen Belarusian women have participated in a hunger strike for 10 days, hoping for the release of their sons, husbands, grandsons, and other relatives from imprisonment or drug-related charges. The “Mothers 328,” named after Article 328 of the Belarusian...

Young People and Mothers Fight Together to End the War on Drugs

Brave young people had enough of harsh drug laws in Belarus and fight back. They found allies in the mothers of drug convicts, who went on hunger strike to demand an end to the war on their sons. Drugreporter: How would you describe the illicit drug market in Belarus?...

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