Former political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau fined 115 rubles

28.04.2017 Former political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau fined 115 rubles

The Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk sentenced yesterday Viachaslau Kasinerau to a fine of 115 rubles (EUR 56).

16 persons said to face charges of ‘organizing an illegal armed group’. Updated list of defendants

26.04.2017 16 persons said to face charges of ‘organizing an illegal armed group’. Updated list of defendants

According to a reliable source, 16 persons currently held in the ‘rioting case’ have faced additional charges of ‘organizing an illegal armed group’ (Art. 287 of the Criminal Code).

Analytical review of detentions in Minsk in March 2017 (infographics)

24.04.2017 Analytical review of detentions in Minsk in March 2017 (infographics)

From March 27 to April 13, the Human Rights Center "Viasna" collected and processed 130 questionnaires from individuals whose rights were violated for exericsing freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly.

Political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau freed before trial

21.04.2017 Political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau freed before trial

Political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau has been released today, after the Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk ordered to replace his pre-trial detention by a release on own recognizance.

19 persons still in custody in ‘rioting case’

18.04.2017 19 persons still in custody in ‘rioting case’

According to latest reports, 19 persons remain in custody in the case of ‘preparing mass riots’, as of April 17. All of them have been charged under Part 3 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code.

Statement: Release Political Prisoner Dzmitry Paliyenka

14.04.2017 Statement: Release Political Prisoner Dzmitry Paliyenka

Joint statement of Belarus human rights organizations

UN HRC Finds Violation of the Rights of the Abducted Politician Yury Zakharanka

14.04.2017 UN HRC Finds Violation of the Rights of the Abducted Politician Yury Zakharanka

The Committee on Human Rights of the UN considered the individual complaint from the politician’s mother Uliyana Zakharanka and his daughter Alena filed in 2014. Finally, the Committee ruled that the rights of the disappeared politician and of his relatives have been violated. The decision was sent on April 11 to the lawyers of the Belarusian Documentation Center, who reported it at a press conference on April 13.

Human Rights Defenders Present Key Recommendations in Brussels Concerning  Belarus

13.04.2017 Human Rights Defenders Present Key Recommendations in Brussels Concerning Belarus

During a working visit to Brussels, Belarusian and international human rights defenders held meetings in EU structures, discussing the events of recent few months and calling on EU member states to take decisive measures regarding the Belarusian state in order to reach progress in the sphere of human rights in the country.

At least 1,032 people executed in 23 countries in 2016, Amnesty International Annual Report says

11.04.2017 At least 1,032 people executed in 23 countries in 2016, Amnesty International Annual Report says

At least 1,032 people were executed in 23 countries in 2016. In 2015 Amnesty International recorded 1,634 executions in 25 countries worldwide - a historical spike unmatched since 1989.

Activist Dzmitry Paliyenka to serve 18 months in prison as court revokes suspended sentence

07.04.2017 Activist Dzmitry Paliyenka to serve 18 months in prison as court revokes suspended sentence

Dzmitry Paliyenka, an activist awarded a 2-year suspended sentence for his involvement in the Critical Mass cycling protest in April 2016, will spend 18 months of the term in prison, after the Zavodski District Court of Minsk revoked today the suspension over alleged violations of related restrictions.

Immediately release political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau

06.04.2017 Immediately release political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau

We believe that Viachaslau Kasinerau is a political prisoner and urge the Belarusian authorities to drop the criminal charges against him and to immediately release the activist.

Seven more persons charged in ‘rioting case’

05.04.2017 Seven more persons charged in ‘rioting case’

Seven more people arrested in the so-called ‘rioting case’ have faced formal charges under Part 3 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code. They are currently held in the KGB prison in Minsk.

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2017

03.04.2017 Human Rights Situation in Belarus: March 2017

March was marked by a dramatic deterioration of the human rights situation in the country, which testifies to the return of the authorities of Belarus to the policy of the worst repressive practices.

Expert analysis of the prosecution of Viachaslau Kasinerau

31.03.2017 Expert analysis of the prosecution of Viachaslau Kasinerau

On March 28, it was reported that activist Viachaslau Kasinerau, who was serving a 15-day administrative detention for participation in a demonstration on February 17 in Minsk, was charged with an offense under Part 1, Art. 339 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism). The activist was taken into custody and transferred to the Interior Ministry’s pre-trial prison in Minsk.

Human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka acquitted, released

30.03.2017 Human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka acquitted, released

The imprisoned human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka will be released tomorrow, after the Lieninski District Court of Mahilioŭ found him today not guilty of violating prison rules. If convicted, Bandarenka could have faced another year in prison, as requested by the prosecutor earlier today.

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