News for March 2023

“Road Home” ends up in jail: Tatsiana Kurylina sentenced to four years in prison

31.03.2023 “Road Home” ends up in jail: Tatsiana Kurylina sentenced to four years in prison

The activist returned to Belarus as part of the Road Home initiative, advertised as a way for protesters to “return home without consequences”.

Lawtrend releases study of persecution and conditions of women activists

31.03.2023 Lawtrend releases study of persecution and conditions of women activists

The political crisis and repression following the 2020 presidential election greatly affected women human rights defenders and civil activists.

Ten more people recognized as political prisoners over extremism charges

30.03.2023 Ten more people recognized as political prisoners over extremism charges

In the wake of the 2020 presidential elections, Criminal legislation has been extended with new corpus delicti, which are used by the authorities solely for political repression.

Protects everyone’s right to life: UN Special Rapporteurs addressed Belarusian authorities

29.03.2023 Protects everyone’s right to life: UN Special Rapporteurs addressed Belarusian authorities

They called on Belarus to suspend the entry into force of the revised Criminal Code.

Prosecutor appeals the verdict in Viasna case

29.03.2023 Prosecutor appeals the verdict in Viasna case

Aliaksandr Karol askes for two more years of imprisonment and higher fines for political prisoners.

Journalists Padabed and Lazarau recognised as political prisoners

28.03.2023 Journalists Padabed and Lazarau recognised as political prisoners

One of the most egregious forms of harassment is the criminal prosecution of journalists for “belonging to an extremist organization or promoting extremist activities”.

Human rights defenders strongly protest against expansion of the death penalty in Belarus

28.03.2023 Human rights defenders strongly protest against expansion of the death penalty in Belarus

Belarus is the only country in Europe that applies the death penalty and even expands its scope.

People under home confinement to be tracked on CCTV cameras in public

27.03.2023 People under home confinement to be tracked on CCTV cameras in public

Convicts are summoned to take photos.

Human rights activists informed about 12 more political prisoners in Belarus

24.03.2023 Human rights activists informed about 12 more political prisoners in Belarus

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community.

#FreeViasna: Latest news about jailed Viasna human rights defenders

24.03.2023 #FreeViasna: Latest news about jailed Viasna human rights defenders

Rabkova and Chapiuk transferred to colonies, Stefanovic sends a letter from jail, and Bialiatski's wife promotes the Belarusian struggle for freedom in Poland.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed stands with imprisoned Viasna human rights defenders

24.03.2023 Hughes Hubbard & Reed stands with imprisoned Viasna human rights defenders

An expert declaration was filed in the Minsk court in the matter of Bialiatski, Stefanovic, and Labkovich.

Belarus outraged by the UNHCHR report on the situation with the human rights in the country

23.03.2023 Belarus outraged by the UNHCHR report on the situation with the human rights in the country

The examination concluded that some of the violations may amount to crimes against humanity.

Journalists Semchanka and Mazheika sentenced to 3 years in prison for inciting enmity

23.03.2023 Journalists Semchanka and Mazheika sentenced to 3 years in prison for inciting enmity

On March 23, in separate hearings, Minsk Municipal Court convicted a former All-national TV anchor and Komsomolskaya Pravda correspondent of "inciting enmity" against public officials.

Ales Bialitski's wife Natalia Pinchuk to give public talks in Vilnius and Warsaw

23.03.2023 Ales Bialitski's wife Natalia Pinchuk to give public talks in Vilnius and Warsaw

We invite you to attend these events.

Viasna member Natallia Satsunkevich: “What’s going on in Belarus is not only about my country… we are all connected.”

21.03.2023 Viasna member Natallia Satsunkevich: “What’s going on in Belarus is not only about my country… we are all connected.”

Right Livelihood talked to Natallia shortly after the final verdict in the Viasna case.

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