News for September 2021

12 more defendants in defamation trials listed as political prisoners

30.09.2021 12 more defendants in defamation trials listed as political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

At least 439 people sent to prisons on protest charges: One year after first sentence in post-election trials

30.09.2021 At least 439 people sent to prisons on protest charges: One year after first sentence in post-election trials

One year ago, on September 29, 2020, the first politically motivated verdict was passed for the events related to the rigged presidential election. On that day, Pavel Piaskou and Uladzislau Yeustsihneyeu were convicted under Part 2 of Art. 363 of the Criminal Code for resisting riot police officers during a rally on June 19, in which a riot policeman pulled out a gun to threaten unarmed protesters.

Imprisoned punk rocker Ihar Bantsar to spend remainder of term in penal colony

30.09.2021 Imprisoned punk rocker Ihar Bantsar to spend remainder of term in penal colony

The decision was taken in response to a request by the administration of correctional facility No. 9 in Viciebsk, where the man had already served three and a half months.

Human rights defenders demand retrials and release of four new political prisoners

29.09.2021 Human rights defenders demand retrials and release of four new political prisoners

Statement by the human rights community of Belarus

Political prisoner Natallia Hersche to be sent to maximum-security mail prison

29.09.2021 Political prisoner Natallia Hersche to be sent to maximum-security mail prison

Political prisoner Natallia Hersche will serve the remainder of her 2 ½-year sentence in a maximum-security prison, after spending nearly 12 months in a general-security penal colony, RFE/RL’s Belarus service learned from Natallia’s brother Henadz Kasiyan.

Human rights organizations urge Justice Ministry to withdraw liquidation lawsuit against BHC

29.09.2021 Human rights organizations urge Justice Ministry to withdraw liquidation lawsuit against BHC

Joint Letter to the Ministry of Justice in Belarus

MPs from Germany, Switzerland and Ukraine adopt political prisoners Piotr and Yuliya Marchanka, Alena Talkachova and Mikhail Ferenets

29.09.2021 MPs from Germany, Switzerland and Ukraine adopt political prisoners Piotr and Yuliya Marchanka, Alena Talkachova and Mikhail Ferenets

As part of Libereco’s #WeStandBYyou solidarity campaign, Filiz Polat (German Bundestag, Bündnis90/Die Grünen), Martina Munz (Swiss National Council, SP) and Yulia Klymenko (Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, Holos) are are taking over godparenthood for political prisoners in Belarus.

Human rights groups call to release detained trade union activists

28.09.2021 Human rights groups call to release detained trade union activists

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

Court increases term for political prisoner Dzmitry Kubarau

28.09.2021 Court increases term for political prisoner Dzmitry Kubarau

The Zavodski District Court of Minsk handed down a verdict in a new trial against political prisoner Dzmitry Kubarau, who was earlier sentenced to seven years in a medium-security penal colony on charges of “organizing mass riots” (Part 1 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code).

HRDs call to release 6 more political prisoners

27.09.2021 HRDs call to release 6 more political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

#FreeViasna: Weekly news digest on Viasna’s imprisoned human rights defenders

27.09.2021 #FreeViasna: Weekly news digest on Viasna’s imprisoned human rights defenders

On September 17, dozens of Belarusian and international human rights groups launched #FreeViasna, the campaign of solidarity with the imprisoned human rights activists of Viasna. Here’s the latest news about the Viasna members held behind bars.

UNHRC confirms multiple violations in case of executed prisoner Aliaksei Mikhalenia

27.09.2021 UNHRC confirms multiple violations in case of executed prisoner Aliaksei Mikhalenia

The Committee concludes that that Mikhalenia’s right to life under article 6 of the Covenant was violated, since he was sentenced to death after an unfair trial.

Happy birthday, Ales!

25.09.2021 Happy birthday, Ales!

Today Ales Bialiatski, founder and leader of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", celebrates his birthday.

14 new political prisoners

24.09.2021 14 new political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

Increasingly severe restrictions on civic space and fundamental freedoms: UN hosts interactive dialogue on Belarus

24.09.2021 Increasingly severe restrictions on civic space and fundamental freedoms: UN hosts interactive dialogue on Belarus

The human rights situation in Belarus has continued to worsen in 2021, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in her statement as part of an Interactive Dialogue on the interim oral update of OHCHR on the situation of human rights in Belarus within the 48th session of the Human Rights Council.

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