News for 27 Mar 2017

150 persons convicted today

27.03.2017 150 persons convicted today

Up to 150 persons have been convicted today on charges of involvement in the protests staged in various parts of Belarus on March 25 and 26. These include human rights defenders and journalists.

FIDH and OMCT: HRC “Viasna” office unlawfully raided, dozens arrested

27.03.2017 FIDH and OMCT: HRC “Viasna” office unlawfully raided, dozens arrested

"At least 57 persons involved in the monitoring of ongoing peaceful protests, including foreign nationals from France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia, were arrested today at the office of Human Rights Centre “Viasna” in Minsk. The arrest took place ahead of peaceful protests to be held on March 25, 2017. Arrests of protesters, journalists and monitors are reportedly on-going," FIDH said on Saturday.

Rigoni calls for immediate release of detained Belarusian activists

27.03.2017 Rigoni calls for immediate release of detained Belarusian activists

Andrea Rigoni (ALDE, Italy), following his fact-finding visit to Minsk on 23-24 March 2017, called on the Belarusian authorities to stay focused on their path of dialogue with the Parliamentary Assembly and to immediately release all those who have been detained in connection with the March demonstrations and the annual 'Freedom Day' commemoration on 25th March.

Report on monitoring a protest in Kastryčnickaja Square in Minsk. 26 March 2017

27.03.2017 Report on monitoring a protest in Kastryčnickaja Square in Minsk. 26 March 2017

On 26 March 2017, a group of people gathered in Minsk's central square to protest against violent mass detentions during the peaceful assembly in Minsk the previous day.

Mikalai Statkevich released after 3 days in KGB prison

27.03.2017 Mikalai Statkevich released after 3 days in KGB prison

Opposition leader Mikalai Statkevich has been released from the KGB prison in Minsk.

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