News on the topic: freedom of peaceful assembly
26.02.2021 7 new names on list of political prisoners
Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community
26.02.2021 Political prisoner Yauhen Dzmitryeu sentenced to two years in prison
A 26-year-old political prisoner Yauhen Dzmitryeu was sentenced today by the Centraĺny District Court of Minsk to two years in a penal colony on charges of “violating public order” (Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code). The charge stems from the events of October 4, when a water cannon was broken during a protest in Minsk.
25.02.2021 Political prisoner Aliaksandr Kisialiou convicted in Žlobin
Judge Yauhen Yerafeyeu of the Žlobin District Court has sentenced political prisoner Aliaksandr Kisialiou to three years in prison, finding him guilty of “violating public order” (Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code) and “threat of violence or violence against a law enforcement officer” (Art. 364 of the Criminal Code).
25.02.2021 Dead protester convicted of attempted murder
Henadz Shutau, a protester killed in Brest on August 11, has been found guilty of attempting to murder a law enforcement officer, according to a ruling by the Brest Regional Court. His friend, Aliaksandr Kardziukou, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the same charge.
25.02.2021 Political prisoner Maryna Hlazava sentenced to 18 months of ‘home imprisonment’
The Lieninski District Court of Brest has handed down the first verdicts in the criminal case of the “dancing protest” held on September 13. The case was opened under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code and involved dozens of people.
23.02.2021 Political prisoner Uladzislau Zianevich sentenced to 3 years of restricted freedom
Judge Maryna Zapasnik of the Lieninski District Court of Minsk sentenced political prisoner Uladzislau Zianevich to three years of restricted freedom in an open penitentiary (so-called “khimiya”), finding him guilty under Article 342 of the Criminal Code. The convict was released in the courtroom pending an appeal hearing.
19.02.2021 More protesters convicted in political trials
Courts in Minsk sentenced today political prisoners Ivan Krasouski, Volha Paulava and Liavon Khalatran to terms of restricted freedom (so-called “khimiya”), finding them guilty of “breaching public order” during the unprecedented wave of protests triggered by the fraudulent presidential election of August 2020.
17.02.2021 Political prisoner Ihar Prazhennikau sentenced to 1.5 years in prison
Judge Yuliya Chyzh of the Frunzienski District Court of Minsk has sentenced political prisoner Ihar Prazhennikau to one and a half years in a general-security penal colony under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code.
16.02.2021 Political prisoner Andrei Papou sentenced to five years in prison
Judge Anzhela Kastsiukevich of the Zavodski District Court of Minsk has sentenced political prisoner Andrei Papou to five years in a medium-security penal colony, finding him guilty under Part 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code (rioting).
15.02.2021 10 more arrested protesters declared political prisoners
Joint statement by the human rights organizations of Belarus
09.02.2021 Human rights defenders insist on retrials for 11 more political prisoners
Joint statement of the Belarusian human rights community
09.02.2021 Political prisoner Artsiom Sauchuk sentenced to 4 years in prison
Judge Yuliya Blizniuk of the Frunzienski District Court of Minsk has sentenced political prisoner Artsiom Sauchuk to 4 years in a medium-security penal colony, finding him guilty under Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code.
05.02.2021 Political prisoner Yauhen Kakhanouski sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison
Political prisoner Yauhen Kakhanouski has been sentenced to three and a half years in a general-security penal colony. Another defendant in the case, Dzmitry Hopta, was sentenced to two years.
01.02.2021 Former political prisoner Aleh Mazhou sentenced to three years of restricted freedom
The Lieninski District Court of Minsk sentenced today 26-year-old athlete Aleh Mazhou to three years of restricted freedom in an open penitentiary (so-called “khimiya”), finding him guilty of “group actions gravely breaching public order” (Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code). The criminal case was condemned by Belarusian human rights defenders as politically motivated.
28.01.2021 New report exposes denial of justice for victims of torture and police violence
Authorities in Belarus are using a variety of stratagems to thwart fair investigations into hundreds of complaints of violence and acts of torture by security forces following disputed presidential elections, says a report published today by two human rights groups, the Committee Against Torture (CAT Russia) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT).