5 more arrested protesters called political prisoners

5 more arrested protesters called political prisoners

Joint statement of Belarusian human rights organizations

Political prisoner Dzmitry Kulakouski sentenced to 2 years of restricted freedom on defamation charges

Political prisoner Dzmitry Kulakouski sentenced to 2 years of restricted freedom on defamation charges

Judge Tatsiana Pirozhnikava of the Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk sentenced today political prisoner Dzmitry Kulakouski to two years’ imprisonment in an open-type penal facility (so-called “khimiya”). He was found guilty of “publicly insulting an official in connection with the performance of his official duties” (Article 369 of the Criminal Code). Kulakouski was released from custody immediately after the verdict was announced, but will remain under travel restrictions pending appeal hearings.

Political prisoner Valery Kalenchyts sentenced to three years of restricted freedom

Political prisoner Valery Kalenchyts sentenced to three years of restricted freedom

Judge Alena Zhyvitsa of the Kastryčnicki District Court of Minsk sentenced today political prisoner Valery Kalenchyts to 3 years of restricted freedom in an open-type penal facility (so-called “khimiya”), finding him guilty under Article 342 of the Criminal Code. The convict was released in the courtroom to await appeal hearing.

24 and 18 months in prison: court convicts political prisoners Safiya Malashevich and Tsikhan Kliukach

24 and 18 months in prison: court convicts political prisoners Safiya Malashevich and Tsikhan Kliukach

Political prisoners Safiya Malashevich and Tsikhan Kliukach were sentenced today to 2 years and 1 ½ years, respectively, in a general security penal colony. Judge Volha Niaborskaya of the Kastryčnicki District Court of Minsk found them guilty on all counts.

Political prisoner Yury Savitski sentenced to 3 years in labor camp, released in courtroom pending appeal

Political prisoner Yury Savitski sentenced to 3 years in labor camp, released in courtroom pending appeal

The Kastryčnicki District Court of Minsk sentenced today Yury Savitski, member of Viktar Babaryka’s nomination group, to 3 years of restricted freedom in an open-type penal facility (so-called “khimiya”). Savitski was found guilty of “organization or active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order” (Art. 342 of the Criminal Code) for participating in a post-election protest on August 9. The convict was released in the courtroom to await appeal hearing.

BHC and Viasna highlight violations in Viktar Babaryka case ahead of upcoming trial

BHC and Viasna highlight violations in Viktar Babaryka case ahead of upcoming trial

On January 18, the media reported that a criminal case against political prisoner and former Belgazprombank CEO Viktar Babaryka, who has been in custody for eight months, had been forwarded to the Prosecutor General’s Office and was soon expected to be heard at the Supreme Court.

Civic Solidarity Platform calls for the release of Andrei Aliaksandrau

Civic Solidarity Platform calls for the release of Andrei Aliaksandrau

The undersigned organisations, members of the Civic Solidarity Platform, express their alarm at the arrest of our friend and colleague, journalist Andrei Aliaksandrau.

PACE General Rapporteur condemns new death sentence in Belarus

PACE General Rapporteur condemns new death sentence in Belarus

Vladimir Vardanyan (Armenia, EPP/CD), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the abolition of the death penalty, has condemned the handing down in Belarus of a death sentence on Viktar Skrundzik for the murder of two elderly people and an attempt to murder an elderly woman in January 2019.

Freedom for human rights activists Leanid Sudalenka and Maryia Tarasenka!

Freedom for human rights activists Leanid Sudalenka and Maryia Tarasenka!

Joint statement of Belarusian human rights organizations

Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders condemns arbitrary detention of Viasna members Leanid Sudalenka and Maria Tarasenka

Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders condemns arbitrary detention of Viasna members Leanid Sudalenka and Maria Tarasenka

The Observatory has been informed by the Human Rights Center “Viasna” about the arbitrary detention of Leanid Sudalenka, lawyer of the Homieĺ (Gomel) branch of Viasna, and Maria Tarasenka, Viasna’s volunteer and Mr. Sudalenka’s assistant.

German and Irish MPs adopt Anastasiya Bulybenka, Tatsiana Yakelchyk and Aliaksei Sanchuk

German and Irish MPs adopt Anastasiya Bulybenka, Tatsiana Yakelchyk and Aliaksei Sanchuk

As part of the solidarity campaign #WeStandBYyou of Libereco, Carina Konrad (FDP), Neale Richmond T.D. (Fine Gael) and Denis Naughten T.D. (Independent) have taken over a godparenthood for political prisoners in Belarus.

Leanid Sudalenka: “My arrest was lawless. I guess my release will be as lawless!”

Leanid Sudalenka: “My arrest was lawless. I guess my release will be as lawless!”

Viasna’s human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka left this message on the situation related to the charges he is facing marked “Publish after arrest”.

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