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2018 2018-09-07T15:32:16+0300 2018-09-07T15:32:15+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/fedunich-komlik-2018-08-24-19.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Police detain protesters outside the House of Justice in Minsk, after the announcement of a verdict in the trial of REP leaders. August 24, 2018. Photo: Viasna

Police detain protesters outside the House of Justice in Minsk, after the announcement of a verdict in the trial of REP leaders. August 24, 2018. Photo: Viasna

August turned out to be rather quiet for opposition activists and journalists who cooperate with the independent media.

According to human rights defenders, in the past month, 20 people were brought to administrative responsibility. 17 received heavy fines totaling 543 basic units, or USD 6,500. Two persons, Maksim Viniarski and Pavel Seviarynets, were sentenced to 10 days of administrative detention.

Most arrests took place on August 24 after the announcement of the verdict in the case of Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik, leaders of the REP trade union. 11 persons were detained outside the House of Justice in Minsk.

Meanwhile, Fiadynich and Komlik appealed against the verdict, which sentenced both to 4 years of restricted freedom.

REP leader Henadz Fiadynich during the trial. Photo: Viasna
REP leader Henadz Fiadynich during the trial. Photo: Viasna

“The dubious evidence is contrary both to the legislation of Belarus and international law. Therefore, in our appeal, we ask to stop the criminal case,” REP leader Henadz Fiadynich said.

A court in Braslaŭ fined local journalist Zmitser Lupach 882 rubles (USD 415) for contributing to the website of the Poland-based Radio Racyja. This is his eighth conviction on the same charges since 2011.

Journalist Zmitser Lupach in the courtroom. Photo: Radio Racyja
Journalist Zmitser Lupach in the courtroom. Photo: Radio Racyja

“Of course, the amount is astronomical for an average person. They sometimes give smaller fines for assault,” the reporter said.

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