News on the topic: defamation

Five new political prisoners in Belarus

02.03.2021 Five new political prisoners in Belarus

Joint statement by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community

Seven convicts in defamation and flag desecration trials called political prisoners

10.02.2021 Seven convicts in defamation and flag desecration trials called political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

Political prisoner Dzmitry Kulakouski sentenced to 2 years of restricted freedom on defamation charges

22.01.2021 Political prisoner Dzmitry Kulakouski sentenced to 2 years of restricted freedom on defamation charges

Judge Tatsiana Pirozhnikava of the Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk sentenced today political prisoner Dzmitry Kulakouski to two years’ imprisonment in an open-type penal facility (so-called “khimiya”). He was found guilty of “publicly insulting an official in connection with the performance of his official duties” (Article 369 of the Criminal Code). Kulakouski was released from custody immediately after the verdict was announced, but will remain under travel restrictions pending appeal hearings.

Immediately release political prisoners Siarhei Hardziyevich and Dzmitry Kulakouski

28.12.2020 Immediately release political prisoners Siarhei Hardziyevich and Dzmitry Kulakouski

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

Statement on sentencing of political prisoners Aliaksei Ramanau and Mikalai Charniauski

23.12.2020 Statement on sentencing of political prisoners Aliaksei Ramanau and Mikalai Charniauski

Belarusian human rights defenders call to decriminalize defamation, put an end to judicial harassment and release all political prisoners convicted of slandering or insulting officials or the president, as well as insulting state symbols

One more defamation sentence: Man with cancer gets one year in prison for “insulting” Lukashenka

16.12.2020 One more defamation sentence: Man with cancer gets one year in prison for “insulting” Lukashenka

The Chojniki District Court sentenced today a disabled resident of Homieĺ to 12 months in a penal colony for “publicly insulting the president” at an election rally on July 28.

Two more persons convicted for "insulting" police officers

15.12.2020 Two more persons convicted for "insulting" police officers

Yury Karnilovich, a 31-year-old welder at the MAZ automotive manufacturer, was sentenced today to three years in an open-type penal colony (so called “khimiya”) for allegedly insulting former Interior Minister Yury Karayeu in a comment on YouTube. The sentence is the heaviest possible penalty provided by the charge.

Student sentenced to 18 months in prison for insulting OMON chief

26.11.2020 Student sentenced to 18 months in prison for insulting OMON chief

The Frunzienski District Court of Minsk sentenced today Illia Tananka, a 19-year-old student at Minsk State Linguistic University, to 18 months of imprisonment for allegedly publicly insulting Dzmitry Balaba, commanding officer of OMON, a special police unit known for its involvement in acts of violence against peaceful protesters.

YouTube vlogger charged with assault of police officer over abusive comment

03.03.2020 YouTube vlogger charged with assault of police officer over abusive comment

Volha Zhurauskaya, a Viciebsk-based blogger running a YouTube channel called “Shooting is Allowed”, has been charged with assault of an official (Art. 369 of the Criminal Code).

Dzmitry Paliyenka case brought to trial

14.08.2019 Dzmitry Paliyenka case brought to trial

The case of former political prisoner and Amnesty International’s prisoner of conscience Dzmitry Paliyenka has been submitted to the Minsk City Court. The trial will open in early September.

Critical blogger awarded heavy fine in police defamation trial

18.04.2019 Critical blogger awarded heavy fine in police defamation trial

Blogger Siarhei Piatrukhin has been found guilty of slander and insult in a trial that was completed today in Brest.

Belsat TV office raided by police

09.04.2019 Belsat TV office raided by police

Police officers have searched the Minsk-based office of the TV channel Belsat, Belarusian Association of Journalists said.

Immediately stop prosecution of blogger Siarhei Piatrukhin

02.04.2019 Immediately stop prosecution of blogger Siarhei Piatrukhin

Joint statement by human rights and other civil society organizations

Aliaksandr Lapitski released from mental hospital

06.04.2017 Aliaksandr Lapitski released from mental hospital

Aliaksandr Lapitski has been released from psychiatric hospital after spending more than five months by order of the Frunzienski District Court of Minsk, which found him guilty of several defamation offenses in April 2016.

Viasna demands to release Aliaksandr Lapitski from psychiatric hospital and to decriminalize defamation offenses

15.11.2016 Viasna demands to release Aliaksandr Lapitski from psychiatric hospital and to decriminalize defamation offenses

On November 14, it became known that Aliaksandr Lapitski, 80, was forcibly sent to a psychiatric hospital, after a court decision in the criminal case against him had entered into force.

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