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Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders condemns new charges against Viasna coordinator Marfa Rabkova

15.02.2021 Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders condemns new charges against Viasna coordinator Marfa Rabkova

The Observatory has been informed about the new criminal charges against Maria (a.k.a Marfa) Rabkova, Coordinator of volunteer services at the Human Rights Center “Viasna”.

Hands off Marfa, hands off Viasna, hands off human rights defenders!

12.02.2021 Hands off Marfa, hands off Viasna, hands off human rights defenders!

Statement by the Board of the Human Rights Center "Viasna"

Viasna’s Marfa Rabkova faces new charges

12.02.2021 Viasna’s Marfa Rabkova faces new charges

On February 11, Marfa Rabkova, coordinator of Viasna’s volunteer network, faced new criminal charges of “inciting social hostility to the government by a group of unidentified individuals” (Part 3 of Art. 130) and “involvement in a criminal organization” (Part 2 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code).

Belarus denies allegations of arbitrary detention of woman human rights defenders

13.01.2021 Belarus denies allegations of arbitrary detention of woman human rights defenders

The Belarusian government has replied to a October 23 joint letter by a number of UN experts concerning the alleged arbitrary detention of and judicial proceedings against woman human rights defenders Marina Dubina, Irina Sukhiy, and Maria Rabkova.

Viasna’s Marfa Rabkova to remain in pre-trial detention until at least January 17

28.12.2020 Viasna’s Marfa Rabkova to remain in pre-trial detention until at least January 17

Marfa Rabkova’s pre-trial custody has been extended by one more month, after over 90 days in detention, according to a decision by the city Prosecutor’s Office dated December 17. As a result, the manager of Viasna’s network of volunteers will remain in prison until at least January 17.

Repression against "Viasna" human rights defenders: Increase in persecution before and after election

27.11.2020 Repression against "Viasna" human rights defenders: Increase in persecution before and after election

In 2020, some 20 members and volunteers of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" were persecuted and repressed. Although they carry out entirely peaceful human rights activities, Viasna staff are persecuted by the state in various ways: arrests on flimsy pretexts, administrative and criminal persecution, searches, trials, and other forms of pressure.

Members of German Bundestag take over godparenthood for Marfa Rabkova, Raman Bahnavets and Stanislau Mikhailau

23.11.2020 Members of German Bundestag take over godparenthood for Marfa Rabkova, Raman Bahnavets and Stanislau Mikhailau

As part of the solidarity campaign #WeStandBYyou of Libereco, Agnieszka Brugger (Alliance 90/The Greens), Klaus-Dieter Gröhler (CDU) and Alexander Müller (FDP) have taken over a godparenthood for political prisoners in Belarus.

FIDH urges Belarus to free detained women and children

18.11.2020 FIDH urges Belarus to free detained women and children

The FIDH is convinced that the principles of humanism and presumption of innocence should compel the release women and children from detention centers for the period of preliminary investigation.

UN experts decry threats against women human rights defenders in Belarus

03.11.2020 UN experts decry threats against women human rights defenders in Belarus

Independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council criticised Belarus for persecuting women human rights defenders in the context of the mass protests taking place in the country since August.

42 rights groups: Belarus authorities must stop persecuting civil society and engage in dialogue

07.10.2020 42 rights groups: Belarus authorities must stop persecuting civil society and engage in dialogue

Belarusian human rights groups are being targeted for documenting abuses committed by the regime and helping victims. FIDH and 41 of its member organisations demand that the Belarus authorities put an end to all forms of harassment of civil society activists, including Marfa Rabkova, and start a dialogue aiming to reach a peaceful solution consistent with the people’s demand for new, democratic elections.

Write to Marfa!

02.10.2020 Write to Marfa!

Marathon of letters of solidarity for Viasna human rights activist Marfa Rabkova

Civic Solidarity Platform calls to release Marfa Rabkova

30.09.2020 Civic Solidarity Platform calls to release Marfa Rabkova

We demand that Belarusian authorities immediately and unconditionally release Marfa Rabkova, terminate criminal proceedings against her and guarantee her physical and psychological security and integrity.

Marfa Rabkova faces formal charges

27.09.2020 Marfa Rabkova faces formal charges

Viasna activist Marfa Rabkova has been officially charged under Part 3, Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (training or other preparation of persons for participation in mass riots, or financing of such activities). She remains in custody in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

Urgent action by Amnesty International: Release human rights defender Marfa Rabkova

25.09.2020 Urgent action by Amnesty International: Release human rights defender Marfa Rabkova

Woman human rights defender Marfa Rabkova was detained as a criminal suspect under false pretext on the evening of 17 September, by officers of the Interior Ministry’s Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption (GUBAZIK). Her husband Vadzim Zharomski was also detained but released shortly after. Marfa Rabkova may face criminal charges. She is a prisoner of conscience, targeted solely for her peaceful human rights work and must be immediately and unconditionally released.

Front Line Defenders urges Belarus to release Marfa Rabkova

21.09.2020 Front Line Defenders urges Belarus to release Marfa Rabkova

Front Line Defenders is deeply concerned by the detention of Marfa (Maria) Rabkova as well as the harassment of her husband Vadzim Zharomski.

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