Human rights defenders detained ahead of prison conditions seminar
Seven human rights defenders were detained this morning at the BPF Minsk office, where a seminar on detention conditions was expected to take place.
The detainees, including Belarusian Helsinki Committee leader Aleh Hulak, Belarusian human rights defenders Liudmila Isakava and Aliaksandr Sasnou, Russian expert Olga Solomatova, Ukrainian activists Alla Blahaya, Vadim Pivovarov and Oleh Martynenko, were taken to Minsk Savetski District police department. At about 2.30 p.m. all of them were released without charges. However, the defenders were officially warned of possible prosecution for violation of the Belarusian legislation.