Andrei Kolas and Yauhen Zialkouski are new political prisoners

Andrei Kolas and Yauhen Zialkouski are new political prisoners

Joint statement of Belarusian human rights organizations

Immediately release political prisoner Vasil Lohvinau!

Immediately release political prisoner Vasil Lohvinau!

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

Death row prisoner Viktar Paulau “most likely executed”, convict’s sister said

Death row prisoner Viktar Paulau “most likely executed”, convict’s sister said

Death row inmate Viktar Paulau was “most likely executed,” the convict’s sister Raisa told Andrei Paluda, coordinator of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus”.

Political prisoner Viachaslau Papou sentenced to three years of “khimiya” over post-election protests, released in the courtroom

Political prisoner Viachaslau Papou sentenced to three years of “khimiya” over post-election protests, released in the courtroom

The Lieninski District Court of Minsk convicted political prisoner Viachaslau Papou, who was accused of “active participation in group actions that grossly violated public order” (Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code). The charges stemmed from Papou’s involvement in the post-election protests of August and September 2020.

Four political prisoners sentenced to 5 years each for plotting riots that never happened

Four political prisoners sentenced to 5 years each for plotting riots that never happened

The Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk convicted today four political prisoners, who volunteered at Viktar Babaryka’s presidential campaign, Ihar Yarmolau, Dzmitry Kanapelka, Uladzislau Karetski, and Mikalai Saseu, who were accused of “preparing for riots” (Part 1, Article 13 and Part 2, Article 293 of the Criminal Code) and “other training of persons to participate in riots” (Part 3 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code).

Members of Parliament from the UK, Sweden and Denmark take over godparenthoods of Mikita Yemialiyanau, Pavel Spiryn and Anatol Khinevich

Members of Parliament from the UK, Sweden and Denmark take over godparenthoods of Mikita Yemialiyanau, Pavel Spiryn and Anatol Khinevich

As part of Libereco’s #WeStandBYyou solidarity campaign, Helena Kennedy (House of Lords, Labour Party, UK), David Josefsson (Sveriges Riksdag, Moderaterna, Sweden) and Margrete Auken (European Parliament, Socialistisk Folkeparti, Denmark) are becoming godparents of political prisoners in Belarus.

Palina Sharenda-Panasiuk is political prisoner

Palina Sharenda-Panasiuk is political prisoner

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community on the sentencing of Palina Sharenda-Panasiuk

Prisoner swallows “metallic objects” to protest torture

Prisoner swallows “metallic objects” to protest torture

Artsiom Anishchuk swallowed several metallic objects to avoid “physical and psychological violence” he has been subjected to during his stay at penal colony No. 15 in Mahilioŭ, novychas.by said quoting the inmate’s lawyer, who managed to see his client for the first time since May 13.

More peaceful protesters convicted in Brest

More peaceful protesters convicted in Brest

The Brest District Court convicted today the third part of defendants in a massive criminal case opened after the events of September 13, 2002, when several hundred protesters were dispersed by a water cannon and faced charges under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code.

Human rights defenders call to release 8 more political prisoners

Human rights defenders call to release 8 more political prisoners

Joint statement by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community

Belarus: ‘Black hole’ for media freedoms after egregious attacks, say UN experts

Belarus: ‘Black hole’ for media freedoms after egregious attacks, say UN experts

UN human rights experts today expressed outrage at the arrest, alleged torture and forced confession of social media activist and human rights defender Roman Protasevich (Raman Pratasevich), and the continued crackdown on independent media.

Political prisoner Dzmitry Lukashevich sentenced to 3 years in prison for burning effigies of officials near Mahilioŭ

Political prisoner Dzmitry Lukashevich sentenced to 3 years in prison for burning effigies of officials near Mahilioŭ

The Mahilioŭ District Court sentenced 46-year-old political prisoner Dzmitry Lukashevich to three years in a general-security penal colony, finding him guilty of two crimes: Part 2 of Art. 339 (malicious hooliganism) and Part 2 of Art. 368 (insulting the president). The man was convicted of making and burning several effigies referring to government officials, including Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

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