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Critical vlogger given 4 years in prison over ‘slandering’ and ‘insulting’ Lukashenka and top officials

17.09.2021 Critical vlogger given 4 years in prison over ‘slandering’ and ‘insulting’ Lukashenka and top officials

In court, Ruslan Linnik pleaded not guilty, refused to testify, and in his last statement told about the psychological and physical pressure he suffered at the hands of the security forces.

4 protesters convicted in Minsk, 2 political prisoners released in courtroom

16.09.2021 4 protesters convicted in Minsk, 2 political prisoners released in courtroom

The Frunzienski District Court of Minsk has convicted four people, including two political prisoners, of “organizing actions that grossly violate public order” (Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code) over their involvement in the post-election protests of August 2020.

7 more peaceful protesters listed as political prisoners

16.09.2021 7 more peaceful protesters listed as political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

Human rights groups insist on retrials and release of four political prisoners

14.09.2021 Human rights groups insist on retrials and release of four political prisoners

Joint statement of the Belarusian human rights community

6 new names on list of political prisoners

10.09.2021 6 new names on list of political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

Human rights defenders call to review sentences in politically motivated trials

09.09.2021 Human rights defenders call to review sentences in politically motivated trials

Statement by the human rights community of Belarus

Observatory deplores closure of Viasna trial in Homieĺ

09.09.2021 Observatory deplores closure of Viasna trial in Homieĺ

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), deplores the decision of the court to hold the trial of Viasna activists Leanid Sudalenka, Tatsiana Lasitsa and Maria Tarasenka in a closed session as this modality does not ensure that their right to a fair trial will be respected throughout all the proceedings.

Maryia Kalesnikava and Maksim Znak sentenced to 11 and 10 years in prison

06.09.2021 Maryia Kalesnikava and Maksim Znak sentenced to 11 and 10 years in prison

Kalesnikava will serve her sentence in a general-security penal colony, while Znak was ordered imprisonment under medium-security conditions.

Two more convicts listed as political prisoners

06.09.2021 Two more convicts listed as political prisoners

Statement by the human rights community of Belarus

Judge orders closed hearings on first day of Viasna trial in Homieĺ

03.09.2021 Judge orders closed hearings on first day of Viasna trial in Homieĺ

The trial of Leanid Sudalenka, Tatsiana Lasitsa and Maryia Tarasenka, Viasna activists in Homieĺ, will be held behind closed doors, the judge ruled soon after the first court session started this morning at the Centraĺny District Court.

4 more persons imprisoned on defamation charges

03.09.2021 4 more persons imprisoned on defamation charges

Joint statement by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community

Political prisoner Siarhei Pavalishau is free

01.09.2021 Political prisoner Siarhei Pavalishau is free

Political prisoner Siarhei Pavalishau has been released form pre-trial detention, according to his lawyer. The charges against Pavalishau, however, are still in place.

7 new names on list of political prisoners

31.08.2021 7 new names on list of political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

More political prisoners convicted in Brest

30.08.2021 More political prisoners convicted in Brest

The Lieninski District Court of Brest announced its verdict in another trial involving participants in a September 2020 demonstration dubbed as a “dancing protest” by domestic media, sentencing fourteen more defendants, including three political prisoners, to various terms of restricted freedom (imprisonment in open penitentiaries).

Observatory urges Belarus to release Viasna members ahead of trial in Homieĺ

26.08.2021 Observatory urges Belarus to release Viasna members ahead of trial in Homieĺ

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

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