News on the topic: freedom of peaceful assembly

Another protester convicted in Hrodna

19.10.2021 Another protester convicted in Hrodna

Political prisoner Aleh Khichou has been convicted over his involvement in a post-election protest of August 10, 2020, after a trial that lasted three months.

6 more protesters listed as political prisoners

13.10.2021 6 more protesters listed as political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

Tsikhanouskaya’s campaign volunteer convicted in Minsk

12.10.2021 Tsikhanouskaya’s campaign volunteer convicted in Minsk

The Saviecki District Court of Minsk sentenced political prisoner Aliaksandr Dabryianik to three years of restricted freedom in an open penitentiary (“khimiya”) on charges of “organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them”.

Ex-police officer sentenced to 2 years in prison for participating in post-election protests

08.10.2021 Ex-police officer sentenced to 2 years in prison for participating in post-election protests

The Centraĺny District Court of Minsk sentenced political prisoner Yahor Viarshynin to two years in a general-security penal colony, finding him guilty under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (“actions that grossly violate public order”).

Political prisoner Aleh Kulesha sentenced to prison term in another dancing protest trial in Brest

06.10.2021 Political prisoner Aleh Kulesha sentenced to prison term in another dancing protest trial in Brest

The Maskoŭski District Court of Brest has convicted the eighth group of defendants in the series of trials dubbed by journalists and human rights defenders as “dancing protest case”.

6 new names on list of political prisoners

05.10.2021 6 new names on list of political prisoners

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

4 years in prison for climbing a garbage container: Political prisoner Pavel Lukayanau convicted in Minsk

02.10.2021 4 years in prison for climbing a garbage container: Political prisoner Pavel Lukayanau convicted in Minsk

On October 1, political prisoner Pavel Lukayanau was sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony on “rioting” charges related to a post-election protest of August 10, 2020.

At least 439 people sent to prisons on protest charges: One year after first sentence in post-election trials

30.09.2021 At least 439 people sent to prisons on protest charges: One year after first sentence in post-election trials

One year ago, on September 29, 2020, the first politically motivated verdict was passed for the events related to the rigged presidential election. On that day, Pavel Piaskou and Uladzislau Yeustsihneyeu were convicted under Part 2 of Art. 363 of the Criminal Code for resisting riot police officers during a rally on June 19, in which a riot policeman pulled out a gun to threaten unarmed protesters.

Court increases term for political prisoner Dzmitry Kubarau

28.09.2021 Court increases term for political prisoner Dzmitry Kubarau

The Zavodski District Court of Minsk handed down a verdict in a new trial against political prisoner Dzmitry Kubarau, who was earlier sentenced to seven years in a medium-security penal colony on charges of “organizing mass riots” (Part 1 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code).

HRDs call to release 6 more political prisoners

27.09.2021 HRDs call to release 6 more political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

2 political prisoners walk free after ‘home confinement’ verdicts

22.09.2021 2 political prisoners walk free after ‘home confinement’ verdicts

Political prisoners Rastsislau Shavel and Pavel Yaitski have been sentenced to three and two years of restricted freedom (home confinement), respectively, after they were found guilty of involvement in “group actions that grossly violate public order” (Art. 342 of the Criminal Code).

Political prisoner Artur Khatsko sentenced to 2 years in prison

21.09.2021 Political prisoner Artur Khatsko sentenced to 2 years in prison

The Zavodski District Court of Minsk found Artur Khatsko guilty of “organizing or actively participating in group actions that grossly violate public order” (Article 342 of the Criminal Code).

Ukrainian citizen jailed over post-election protests

20.09.2021 Ukrainian citizen jailed over post-election protests

Mikhail Ferenets, a Ukrainian national on the list of Belarusian political prisoners, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for his role in the post-election protests of late 2020.

4 protesters convicted in Minsk, 2 political prisoners released in courtroom

16.09.2021 4 protesters convicted in Minsk, 2 political prisoners released in courtroom

The Frunzienski District Court of Minsk has convicted four people, including two political prisoners, of “organizing actions that grossly violate public order” (Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code) over their involvement in the post-election protests of August 2020.

7 more peaceful protesters listed as political prisoners

16.09.2021 7 more peaceful protesters listed as political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

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