News for May 2022

HRDs recognize eight more people political prisoners

31.05.2022 HRDs recognize eight more people political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

‘Terrorist’ Viachaslau Maleichuk sentenced to 22 years in jail

31.05.2022 ‘Terrorist’ Viachaslau Maleichuk sentenced to 22 years in jail

Viachaslau Maleichuk was sentenced to 22 years in a penal colony for ‘preparing terrorist attacks’ on the Freedom Day, March 25, 2022

Fifteen people recognized as political prisoners

27.05.2022 Fifteen people recognized as political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

Referendum 2022: Final report

27.05.2022 Referendum 2022: Final report

Final analytical report of the expert mission to assess the national referendum of 2022 on the issue of amendments and additions to the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus

Criminal prosecution in Belarus: legal system completely reoriented towards repression

27.05.2022 Criminal prosecution in Belarus: legal system completely reoriented towards repression

Viasna human rights defenders prepared a report “Criminal prosecution for political reasons. Belarus 2021–2022”

Amnesty International: Belarus remains the only country in Europe carrying out executions

25.05.2022 Amnesty International: Belarus remains the only country in Europe carrying out executions

Annual review of the death penalty covers the judicial use of the death penalty for the period January to December 2021

Twelve names added to the list of political prisoners

25.05.2022 Twelve names added to the list of political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

KGB adds Maryia Kalesnikava and Maksim Znak to ‘terrorists’ list

25.05.2022 KGB adds Maryia Kalesnikava and Maksim Znak to ‘terrorists’ list

The KGB updated the list of ‘terrorists’ with 15 new people, including Viktar Babaryka's associates

#FreeViasna: Weekly news digest on Viasna’s imprisoned human rights defenders

23.05.2022 #FreeViasna: Weekly news digest on Viasna’s imprisoned human rights defenders

Latest news about imprisoned Viasna members from May 16 to 22

Solidarity actions around the world: May 21 celebrated the Day of Political Prisoners in Belarus

23.05.2022 Solidarity actions around the world: May 21 celebrated the Day of Political Prisoners in Belarus

On May 21, actions in memory of Vitold Ashurak who died in prison and in solidarity with more than 1200 political prisoners took place in different cities and countries of the world

Read 55 books and learnt how to do push-ups using one arm. Things that Andrei Chapiuk has achieved over a year in jail

23.05.2022 Read 55 books and learnt how to do push-ups using one arm. Things that Andrei Chapiuk has achieved over a year in jail

For more than a year a volunteer of “Viasna” Andrei Chapiuk is detained in pre-trial jail. During this time he has read 55 books, has filled three writing books with the notes on a programming book and has learnt how to do push-ups with one arm.

Viasna human rights defenders statement on the occasion of Political Prisoner Day

21.05.2022 Viasna human rights defenders statement on the occasion of Political Prisoner Day

Today, on Political Prisoner's Day in Belarus, we, Viasna human rights defenders, note the following

May 21 is the Day of the Political prisoner in Belarus: show your solidarity! Updated with international actions locations

20.05.2022 May 21 is the Day of the Political prisoner in Belarus: show your solidarity! Updated with international actions locations

Human rights defenders call to remember Vitold Ashurak, express solidarity with political prisoners in Belarus, and demand that the authorities release them

Heroes Never Die: 21 May, anniversary of death of Vitold Ashurak

20.05.2022 Heroes Never Die: 21 May, anniversary of death of Vitold Ashurak

Vitold Ashurak was a Belarusian political prisoner coming from Berezovka, Lida Region. In May 2021, Vitold died at the Shklov colony under unclear circumstances.  

EU stands by imprisoned Belarusian journalists in the quest for democracy

20.05.2022 EU stands by imprisoned Belarusian journalists in the quest for democracy

Open letter by EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore

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