Amnesty International: Another political prisoner in Belarus

2010 2010-02-03T17:33:48+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Believer Ivan Mikhailau, convicted on February 1, has been recognized prisoner of conscience.

The court of the Minsk district sentenced Ivan Mikhailau to three months in jail.

The member of the Messianic Jewish community “New Testament” was found guilty of committing a criminal offence (draft evasion). The young man denied to do compulsory military service as it contradicts his religious beliefs. He demanded to be assigned to civilian alternative service, in line with Article 57 of Belarus' Constitution.

Amnesty International calls to release Ivan MIkhailau immediately, Radio Svaboda reports.