List of political prisoners

2015 2015-12-01T18:00:00+0300 2017-09-06T15:07:52+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Dzmitry Paliyenka, an activist from Minsk, prosecuted for his participation in a peaceful assembly on 29 April 2016 in Minsk. The event was violently stopped by the police.

On 12 October 2016, the Court of Minsk's Centraĺny district found the activist guilty of committing a crime under Article 364 of the Criminal Code (violence or threat of violence against a law enforcement officer) and Part 2 of Article 343 of the Criminal Code (manufacture and distribution of pornographic materials or pornographic items). According to the verdict, Paliyenka was sentenced to two years' imprisonment with a suspension for two years.

On 7 April 2017, the Court of Zavodski district of Minsk revoked the suspension over alleged violations of related restrictions. In this context, without a right to appeal, the activist was ordered to be sent to a penal colony to serve his sentence of imprisonment for a term of 18 months (taking into account his pre-trial detention in 2016).

Address: 1 Sikorski Street, PK-2, 213800, Babrujsk

Expert Conclusion on Prosecution of Dzmitry Paliyenka

Statement: Release Political Prisoner Dzmitry Paliyenka

Amnesty International: Dzmitry Paliyenka is a prisoner of conscience

Mikhail ZhamchMikhail Zhamchuzhnyuzhny is a human rights activist, who was sentenced on 10 July 2015 to 6.5 years of imprisonment in a penal colony under strict regime. The sentence pronounced by the Viciebsk Regional Court also includes a ban on holding positions related to the implementation of organizational and administrative duties for a period of 2 years and 8 months. A number of key human rights organizations declared the convict a political prisoner.

Earlier served his sentence in Vaŭkavysk. On 13 July 2017, transferred to penal colony No. 9 in the town of Horki.

Address: PK-9, "Quarantine". 16 Dobrolyubov Street, Horki, 213410, Mahilioŭ Region

Ihar Komlik is chief accountant and head of the Minsk city office of the REP Trade Union

On August 2, financial police raided the offices of the REP trade union and the homes of the union’s head Henadz Fiadynich, accountant Ihar Komlik and former editor of the trade union’s website Natallia Pichuzhkina. Storage devices, hard drives and documents were seized. Fiadynich and Pichuzhkina were released after interrogation, while Ihar Komlik was confined to the Minsk Center for the Isolation of Delinquents. Later it became known that he was transferred to pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street.

The Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee charged Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik with tax evasion under Part 2, Art. 243 (evasion of taxes, fees on a large scale) of the Criminal Code. They face up to 7 years with confiscation of property.

On August 3, the country’s leading human rights organizations declared Komlik a political prisoner.

Ihar Komlik is detained in pre-trial prison No. 1 in Minsk.

Joint statement of the Belarusian human rights organizations to declare Ihar Komlik a political prisoner

Address: pre-trial prison No. 1, 2 Valadarski Street, 220050, Minsk

Guidelines on the definition of a political prisoner