News for March 2021
31.03.2021 Political prisoners sentenced to “khimiya” terms in Maladziečna
The Maladziečna District Court has announced its verdict in a trial involving six people who blocked a street on November 21.
31.03.2021 Arrested Polish minority activists are political prisoners
Joint statement of the Belarusian human rights community
30.03.2021 Political prisoner Viktar Siadou sentenced to 3 years in prison
On March 30, the Pieršamajski District Court of Minsk handed down a verdict in the criminal case of Viktar Siadou, a political prisoner prosecuted for participation in “mass riots” (Part 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code). Judge Anastasiya Liaikouskaya sentenced Siadou to three years in a medium-security penal colony.
30.03.2021 Belarus: Older people impacted by state repression
The Belarusian authorities have endangered the health of older protesters who are at higher risk from COVID-19 by transporting them in overcrowded police buses and incarcerating them in packed prison cells, Amnesty International said today. In a new briefing, the organization documented the arrest and ill treatment of dozens of older people who took part in peaceful protests, including one 83-year-old man who was made to stand facing a wall for 90 minutes with his arms raised.
29.03.2021 20 new names on list of political prisoners
Joint statement by the human rights organizations of Belarus
29.03.2021 Belarus: Crackdown on Independent Journalism
Stop Prosecutions, Guarantee Freedom of Press
27.03.2021 Ongoing harassment of Viasna members
The authorities continue to summon and interrogate human rights defenders and journalists as part of a criminal investigation dubbed “The Viasna Case”. Over the past week, a dozen more activists have been questioned as witnesses in the case alleging Viasna’s involvement in the financing of the post-election protests.
27.03.2021 #WeStandBYyou: More 'godparents' for Belarusian political prisoners
Members of Parliament from Germany and Great Britain take over godparenthood for Illia Mihno, Ruslan Akostka and Aliaksandr Drazdou
26.03.2021 EU condemns attack on Polish minority leaders in Belarus
Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on targeting the Union of Poles in Belarus
26.03.2021 Over 200 detained on Freedom Day
More than two hundred people were detained yesterday across the country, the Interior Ministry said in its official Telegram channel. Viasna knows the names of 172 protesters arrested in various cities, including 110 in Minsk.
25.03.2021 Three new political prisoners in Belarus
Joint statement by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community
24.03.2021 Journalist Dzianis Ivashyn is political prisoner
Joint statement of Belarusian human rights organizations
24.03.2021 Civil society organisations call for the immediate operationalisation of the Human Rights Council’s new mandate on Belarus
66 Belarusian and international human rights organisations, welcome the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council mandating the High Commissioner to create a new robust monitoring and reporting mandate focused on accountability for human rights violations in Belarus that have taken place since 1 May 2020.
24.03.2021 Human Rights Council adopts resolution on Belarus
The UN Human Rights Council this morning adopted a text in which it requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to carry out a comprehensive examination of all alleged human rights violations committed in Belarus.
24.03.2021 Political prisoner Dzmitry Kubarau sentenced to 7 years on ‘rioting’ charges
The Frunzienski District Court of Minsk handed down a verdict in the criminal case of political prisoner Dzmitry Kubarau, who was accused of organizing mass riots (Part 1 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code).