List of political prisoners

2015 2015-12-01T18:00:00+0300 2017-04-22T15:06:59+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

kasinerau_button.jpgViachaslau Kasinerau is an activist of the anarchist movement. On 28 March 2017, it was reported that the activist was charged under Part 1, Article 339 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism) and taken into custody. The charge stemmed from an action staged by Kasinerau on March 12 outside the Interior Ministry’s headquarters in Minsk, when the activist threw a noose on the statue of a Russian Empire policeman, thus expressing his public protest against police brutality and persecution of anarchist activists for their involvement in peaceful protests.

Earlier held in pre-trial prison No. 1 in Minsk. On April 21, released on own recognizance. Trial scheduled for April 27.

Expert analysis of the prosecution of Viachaslau Kasinerau

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights organizations

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.

He is serving his sentence in the town of Navasady.

Address: PK-14, detachment No. 18, barrack No. 181. Station Navasady, Barysaŭ district, Minsk region. 222125

Guidelines on the definition of a political prisoner