News for April 2023
14.04.2023 Fifteen people added to the list of political prisoners in Belarus
Statement by the human rights community of Belarus
14.04.2023 Valiantsin Stefanovic: “I firmly intend to endure it all and return to the free world”
Read the letter from Viasna deputy chair, in which he writes about his mood, his preparation for the colony, and the passage of time.
13.04.2023 “The KGB thought we were a sock puppet farm”: Political prisoner reveals behind the scenes of the Zeltser case
A former political prisoner in the so-called Zeltzer case, told Viasna about her experience.
13.04.2023 #WeStandBYyou: Members of Parliament from Switzerland and Germany take on a godparenthood for Siarhei Pliashkun, Vital Melnik, and Anastasiya Kukhta
Libereco's solidarity campaign #WeStandBYyou continues.
11.04.2023 Viasna rights activists report on how authorities restrict freedoms under the pretext of combating extremism and terrorism
The fight against terrorism is used artificially to justify the political persecution of citizens, say defenders conclude.
10.04.2023 Lawyer Aliaksandr Danilevich sentenced to 10 years in jail for legal services to opposition
Political prisoner pleaded not guilty and insisted that he was performing his duties.
10.04.2023 Springtime is Viasna time! In April, celebrate Viasna's birthday with us!
There are many ways to join the celebration and support Viasna human rights defenders.
10.04.2023 No fewer than 88 political prisoners tried multiple times
Since 2020, tens of thousands of Belarusians have been victims of the horrific repression that the authorities have organized on a daily basis. One form of harassment is the initiation of new criminal proceedings against those who have already been convicted.
07.04.2023 Extreme forms of protest used by political prisoners in Belarus
Severe pressure, torture, and unbearable living and working conditions increasingly force political prisoners to express their protest using harsh methods.
07.04.2023 Human rights defender Viktar Sazonau arrested in Hrodna
Sazonau was previously detained as a suspect in the Viasna case.
07.04.2023 Minsk court jails ex-presidential candidate Dzmitryeu for protest role
Andrey Dzmitryeu was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment for “actively participating in actions that violate public order”.
06.04.2023 Journalist Aliaksandr Mantsevich is a political prisoner
His imprisonment is another act against freedom of speech in the country.
06.04.2023 In March, 62 people convicted in political criminal trials
For the third month in a row, the trend of toughening sentences imposed by district courts by regional courts continues.
05.04.2023 Political prisoners list updated with 17 new names
Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community
05.04.2023 Amnesty International: Belarus abuses justice system to suppress dissent and trials are routinely unfair
The rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly remained severely curtailed. At least one man was executed. Torture and other ill-treatment were widespread and impunity prevailed.