News for April 2021

Death convicts brothers Kostseu pardoned

30.04.2021 Death convicts brothers Kostseu pardoned

Illia Kostseu and Stanislau Kostseu, two brothers sentenced to death in January 2020, have been pardoned, according to their relatives.

Members of Parliament from Sweden and Ireland take over godparenthood for Aliaksandr Tseleshman, Ales Pushkin and Artsiom Miadzvedski

30.04.2021 Members of Parliament from Sweden and Ireland take over godparenthood for Aliaksandr Tseleshman, Ales Pushkin and Artsiom Miadzvedski

As part of the solidarity campaign #WeStandBYyou of Libereco, Jakop Dalunde (European Parliament, Miljöpartiet de gröna, Sweden), Camilla Hansén (Riksdag of Sweden, Miljöpartiet de gröna, Sweden) and Seán Kelly (European Parliament, Fine Gael, Ireland) have taken over a godparenthood for political prisoners in Belarus.

14 defendants in political trial get lengthy prison terms

30.04.2021 14 defendants in political trial get lengthy prison terms

The Maskoŭski District Court of Brest ruled today in the “rioting” case (Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code) against fourteen political prisoners accused of participating in riots on the night of August 9, 2020, in Pinsk.

Volha Mayorava and Dzianis Urad are political prisoners

29.04.2021 Volha Mayorava and Dzianis Urad are political prisoners

Joint statement of the Belarusian human rights community

Viasna’s imprisoned activists win Czech Homo Homini award

28.04.2021 Viasna’s imprisoned activists win Czech Homo Homini award

The Homo Homini Award for 2020 will be presented to Marfa Rabkova, Andrei Chapiuk, Leanid Sudalenka and Tatsiana Lasitsa.

“All cases are trumped up!” Aliaksandr Aranovich sentenced to six years in prison

27.04.2021 “All cases are trumped up!” Aliaksandr Aranovich sentenced to six years in prison

The Lieninski District Court of Hrodna handed down a verdict in a criminal case against Aliaksandr Aranovich, a 38-year-old political prisoner affiliated with Siarhei Tsikhanouski’s campaign “Country for Living”.

Viasna marks 25 years

26.04.2021 Viasna marks 25 years

25 years ago today, tens of thousands protested peacefully against President Aliaksandr Lukashenka's plans to usurp power. The authorities responded with violence. It was on this very day, April 26, that a group of activists led by Ales Bialiatski decided to launch an initiative which is now known as Viasna.

New 'godparents' for Belarusian political prisoners

26.04.2021 New 'godparents' for Belarusian political prisoners

Members of Parliament from Poland, Great Britain and Germany take over godparenthood for Andrzej Poczobut, Andrei Aliaksandrau and Ihar Salavei

Political prisoner Aleh Korban free after “khimiya” sentence

24.04.2021 Political prisoner Aleh Korban free after “khimiya” sentence

On April 23, the Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk sentenced Aleh Korban, leader of the civil society initiative “Alternative”, to 18 months of restricted freedom in an open penal colony (“khimiya”). The political prisoner was released in the courtroom and will be free until the sentence becomes final.

MPs from Great Britain and Ireland take over godparenthood for Dzianis Zhuk, Mark Antonau and Leu Tsialipka

23.04.2021 MPs from Great Britain and Ireland take over godparenthood for Dzianis Zhuk, Mark Antonau and Leu Tsialipka

As part of the solidarity campaign #WeStandBYyou of Libereco, Nick Smith (House of Commons, Welsh Labour Party, Great Britain), Catherine West (House of Commons, Labour Party, Great Britain) and Deirdre Clune (European Parliament, Fine Gael, Ireland) have taken over a godparenthood for political prisoners in Belarus.

Prison terms for Belsat TV journalists confirmed in appeal hearing

23.04.2021 Prison terms for Belsat TV journalists confirmed in appeal hearing

The Minsk City Court has turned down an appeal filed to challenge the court ruling of February 18 that sentenced Katsiaryna Andreyeva and Darya Chultsova to 2 years’ imprisonment.

Viasna activist Aliaksandr Vaitseshyk walks free after 8 days in jail

22.04.2021 Viasna activist Aliaksandr Vaitseshyk walks free after 8 days in jail

Viasna human rights activist Aliaksandr Vaitseshyk was sentenced to 15 days but walked free early after a successful appeal hearing.

Amnesty International reiterates call to release minor convict ahead of appeal hearing

22.04.2021 Amnesty International reiterates call to release minor convict ahead of appeal hearing

Mikita Zalatarou’s case is another stark reminder of the violence that awaits people in Belarus, including minors, when they come face to face with this repressive state.

Three new names on list of political prisoners

21.04.2021 Three new names on list of political prisoners

Joint statement of the Belarusian human rights community

PACE urges Belarus to carry out comprehensive reform of its electoral system

21.04.2021 PACE urges Belarus to carry out comprehensive reform of its electoral system

PACE has urged Belarus to comprehensively reform its electoral system to bring it into line with international standards for democratic elections.

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