News on the topic: political prisoners

Human rights groups call to release detained trade union activists

28.09.2021 Human rights groups call to release detained trade union activists

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

Court increases term for political prisoner Dzmitry Kubarau

28.09.2021 Court increases term for political prisoner Dzmitry Kubarau

The Zavodski District Court of Minsk handed down a verdict in a new trial against political prisoner Dzmitry Kubarau, who was earlier sentenced to seven years in a medium-security penal colony on charges of “organizing mass riots” (Part 1 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code).

HRDs call to release 6 more political prisoners

27.09.2021 HRDs call to release 6 more political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

#FreeViasna: Weekly news digest on Viasna’s imprisoned human rights defenders

27.09.2021 #FreeViasna: Weekly news digest on Viasna’s imprisoned human rights defenders

On September 17, dozens of Belarusian and international human rights groups launched #FreeViasna, the campaign of solidarity with the imprisoned human rights activists of Viasna. Here’s the latest news about the Viasna members held behind bars.

Happy birthday, Ales!

25.09.2021 Happy birthday, Ales!

Today Ales Bialiatski, founder and leader of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", celebrates his birthday.

14 new political prisoners

24.09.2021 14 new political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

Happy birthday! Human rights activists from different countries congratulate Leanid Sudalenka on his 55th anniversary

23.09.2021 Happy birthday! Human rights activists from different countries congratulate Leanid Sudalenka on his 55th anniversary

Today, September 23, human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka, who is now behind bars, turns 55. And today Leanid is receiving congratulations from his colleagues – human rights activists from different countries and organizations.

MPs from Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands adopt political prisoners Uladzimir and Nadzeya Kalach, Dzmitry Panko and Uladzislau Makavetski

22.09.2021 MPs from Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands adopt political prisoners Uladzimir and Nadzeya Kalach, Dzmitry Panko and Uladzislau Makavetski

As part of Libereco’s #WeStandBYyou solidarity campaign, Helmut Scholz (Germany, European Parliament, Die Linke), Tomáš Martínek (Czech Republic, Poslanecká sněmovna Parlamentu, Pirate Party) and Thijs Reuten (Netherlands, European Parliament, Partij van de Arbeid) are taking over godparenthoods of political prisoners in Belarus.

2 political prisoners walk free after ‘home confinement’ verdicts

22.09.2021 2 political prisoners walk free after ‘home confinement’ verdicts

Political prisoners Rastsislau Shavel and Pavel Yaitski have been sentenced to three and two years of restricted freedom (home confinement), respectively, after they were found guilty of involvement in “group actions that grossly violate public order” (Art. 342 of the Criminal Code).

“Dark things are done behind closed doors”: Leanid Sudalenka writes about his trial

21.09.2021 “Dark things are done behind closed doors”: Leanid Sudalenka writes about his trial

Viasna’s office in Homieĺ published excerpts from the letters human rights defender Leanid Sudalenka has sent to a local activist Vasil Paliakou, which reveal some details about the closed trial currently underway at the Centraĺny District Court.

Political prisoner Artur Khatsko sentenced to 2 years in prison

21.09.2021 Political prisoner Artur Khatsko sentenced to 2 years in prison

The Zavodski District Court of Minsk found Artur Khatsko guilty of “organizing or actively participating in group actions that grossly violate public order” (Article 342 of the Criminal Code).

Ukrainian citizen jailed over post-election protests

20.09.2021 Ukrainian citizen jailed over post-election protests

Mikhail Ferenets, a Ukrainian national on the list of Belarusian political prisoners, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for his role in the post-election protests of late 2020.

Babaryka’s campaign coordinator sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison

20.09.2021 Babaryka’s campaign coordinator sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison

The Čavusy District Court handed down a verdict in the case of Uladzimir Dudarau, a political prisoner and former deputy chairman of the Mahilioŭ city executive committee. In 2020, Dudarau coordinated the work of Viktar Babaryka’s presidential campaign in the Mahilioŭ region.

Russian national sent to prison for calling Lukashenka hijacker

20.09.2021 Russian national sent to prison for calling Lukashenka hijacker

Iryna Vikkholm, a Russian citizen and political prisoner, has been sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment a general-security penal colony, after the Maskoŭski Court in Brest found her guilty of “slander against the president” (Article 367 of the Criminal Code of Belarus).

#FreeViasna: Thousands speak out in support of imprisoned human rights defenders

18.09.2021 #FreeViasna: Thousands speak out in support of imprisoned human rights defenders

Numerous events were held yesterday in a dozen European countries to mark the launch of #FreeViasna, the international campaign of solidarity with imprisoned human rights activists of Viasna.

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