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Authorities increasingly prosecute critical journalists and bloggers; domestic and foreign organizations urge to release investigative journalist Siarhei Satsuk; human rights defenders alarmed by situation in prisons amid coronavirus outbreak
Position of human rights organizations on the arrest and detention of Siarhei Satsuk
On March 25, Siarhei Satsuk, journalist and chief editor of the Internet daily “Ezhednevnik”, was arrested in Minsk. He was remanded in custody on March 26. On March 26 and 27, searches were carried out at Ezhednevnik’s office and in Satsuk’s apartment; office equipment and documents were seized.
Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2020
On March 5, financial police arrested Siarhei Satsuk, journalist and editor of the news site ej.by. According to available information, he is accused of committing a crime under part 2 of Art. 430 of the Criminal Code (receiving a bribe repeatedly or by extortion, or by a group of persons by prior conspiracy or in large amounts).
Civil society alarmed by lack of reliable information on COVID-19 outbreak in Belarus
The Belarusian Association of Journalists has called on the government to provide full, accurate and regular updates on the current situation with the coronavirus disease, as lack of information has led many to believe the country’s authorities are downplaying the spread of the infection.
Appeal hearing halves sentence for anarchists Yemialiyanau and Komar
The Minsk City Court has commuted the 7-year prison sentence earlier imposed on anarchists Mikita Yemialiyanau and Ivan Komar. The new terms are 4 years for Yemialiyanau and 3 ½ years for Komar, the appeal court concluded.
Why are convicted anarchists Yemialyianau and Komar Belarus’s new political prisoners?
On March 27, the Minsk City Court is expected to hear appeals in the case of convicted anarchists Mikita Yemialyianau and Ivan Komar. If upheld, their sentences will become final and the two activists will be sent to serve 7 years in prison. The Human Rights Center “Viasna” analyzed the sentences delivered on February 12 and offers a detailed explanation of why Yemialyianau and Komar are Belarus’s new political prisoners.
About the Local and What All Hold in Common
Belarusian Human Rights Activist Ales Bialiatski in Conversation with Olga V. Solovieva
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COVID-19 affects the rights of prisoners, peaceful protesters, and future presidential candidates; convicted trade union activist faces fewer restrictions; victim of police violence gets new chance to punish perpetrators
Opposition activist facing 6 years in prison on vandalism charges
Pilip Shaurou, an activist of the Young Front opposition group, has faced formal charges, according to his wife Volha.
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Viasna writes to UN to complain about persecution of peaceful protesters and bloggers; death convicts' sister launches petitions to save her brothers' lives; HRDs alarmed by proposals to criminalize "LGBT propaganda" and raise age of consent for same-sex relationships
Viasna wins OSCE Democracy Defender Award
The Human Rights Center “Viasna” has been awarded the OSCE’s annual Democracy Defender Award.
EU reacts to new death sentence in Belarus
"The death penalty violates the inalienable right to life enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment," the European Union said in a statement on another death sentence pronounced in Belarus.
- Appeal hearing halves sentence for anarchists Yemialiyanau and Komar
- Why are convicted anarchists Yemialyianau and Komar Belarus’s new political prisoners?
- Opposition activist facing 6 years in prison on vandalism charges
- YouTube vlogger charged with assault of police officer over abusive comment
- HRDs demand prompt retrial for convicted political prisoners
- Anarchists receive lengthy prison terms over Molotov cocktail attack
- Sentence in REP trade union trial commuted after an amnesty
- Ex-prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka gets 10 months of “house arrest” (updated)
- Belarusian Activist Slashes His Arm In Court Protest
- Belarus: Politically motivated trial against former prisoner of conscience starts behind closed doors
- Human rights activists demand open trial in Dzmitry Paliyenka case
- Dzmitry Paliyenka case brought to trial
- Critical blogger cleared of embezzlement charges
- Critical blogger awarded heavy fine in police defamation trial
- Belsat TV office raided by police