News for May 2021

Cem Özdemir is committed to the release of Raman Pratasevich

31.05.2021 Cem Özdemir is committed to the release of Raman Pratasevich

Cem Özdemir, the long-time former chairman of Alliance 90/The Greens and current chairman of the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure in the German Bundestag, is taking over the prisoner’s godparenthood for the Belarusian imprisoned blogger and journalist Raman Pratasevich.

15 new political prisoners in Belarus

28.05.2021 15 new political prisoners in Belarus

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

HRDs demand release and retrial for political prisoner Iryna Palianina

27.05.2021 HRDs demand release and retrial for political prisoner Iryna Palianina

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

12 more names on list of political prisoners

27.05.2021 12 more names on list of political prisoners

Joint statement by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community

New 'godparents' for Belarusian political prisoners

27.05.2021 New 'godparents' for Belarusian political prisoners

Members of Parliament from Germany and Austria take over godparenthood for Mikita Litvinenka, Mikalai Maliuta and Raman Sidziuk

Amnesty International launches urgent action to help Raman Pratasevich

27.05.2021 Amnesty International launches urgent action to help Raman Pratasevich

Amnesty International is launching an Urgent Action following the televised self-incriminating statement by Raman Pratasevich, co-founder and former editor of the NEXTA Telegram-channel, in which he appears distraught and injured.

Human rights organizations call to release five more political prisoners

26.05.2021 Human rights organizations call to release five more political prisoners

Joint statement by the human rights organizations of Belarus

Ales Bialiatski on the death of political prisoner Vitold Ashurak

26.05.2021 Ales Bialiatski on the death of political prisoner Vitold Ashurak

Can we hope that the Investigative Committee will conduct an objective investigation and find out the truth?

Teenager commits suicide in Minsk after facing rioting charges

26.05.2021 Teenager commits suicide in Minsk after facing rioting charges

Dzmitry Stakhouski, a 17-year-old targeted in a criminal investigation into "mass riots" of August 9-11, 2020 (Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code), committed suicide in the evening of May 25 by jumping off a 16-storey building in Minsk.

UN human rights office calls for ‘immediate release’ of Roman Protasevich

26.05.2021 UN human rights office calls for ‘immediate release’ of Roman Protasevich

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has strongly condemned the arbitrary detention of an opposition journalist in Belarus, calling it an “astonishing episode” that heralds a new phase in the campaign of repression against journalists and civil society there.

4 to 7 years in prison: opposition activists, blogger convicted in Mahilioŭ

25.05.2021 4 to 7 years in prison: opposition activists, blogger convicted in Mahilioŭ

The Mahilioŭ Regional Court announces today its verdict in a criminal trial involving seven political prisoners: co-chair of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party Pavel Seviarynets, blogger Dzmitry Kazlou, community activist Iryna Shchasnaya, and European Belarus activists Yauhen Afnahel, Pavel Yukhnevich, Maksim Viniarski and Andrei Voinich.

TUT.BY employees are political prisoners

25.05.2021 TUT.BY employees are political prisoners

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

Political prisoner Aliaksei Karatkou sentenced to 2 years in prison

25.05.2021 Political prisoner Aliaksei Karatkou sentenced to 2 years in prison

The Pieršamajski District Court of Minsk sentenced political prisoner Aliaksei Karatkou to two years in a general-security penal colony, finding him guilty of “organizing or actively participating in group actions that grossly violate public order” (Article 342 of the Criminal Code).

Amnesty International: Journalist apprehended in Minsk airport after emergency landing must be released immediately

24.05.2021 Amnesty International: Journalist apprehended in Minsk airport after emergency landing must be released immediately

The European Union and the rest of the world must react without delay and call for the immediate release of Raman Pratasevich.

Immediately release political prisoner Raman Pratasevich!

24.05.2021 Immediately release political prisoner Raman Pratasevich!

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

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