News on the topic: political persecution

Political prisoners in Belarus in 2021. Statistics

05.01.2022 Political prisoners in Belarus in 2021. Statistics

At the end of 2021, there were 969 political prisoners in Belarus. This is the largest number of political prisoners in the history of independent Belarus.

6 new names on list of political prisoners

21.12.2021 6 new names on list of political prisoners

Statement by the human rights community of Belarus

Blogger Volha Takarchuk sentenced to 1.5 years in prison

20.12.2021 Blogger Volha Takarchuk sentenced to 1.5 years in prison

On December 20, Zavodski District Court of Minsk sentenced political prisoner and blogger Volha Takarchuk to 1.5 years in prison. She was charged under three articles of the Criminal Code.

Political prisoners Aliaksandr Bahdanau and Maksim Kruk sentenced to 3 years of restricted freedom

20.12.2021 Political prisoners Aliaksandr Bahdanau and Maksim Kruk sentenced to 3 years of restricted freedom

On December 17, two political prisoners, Art manager and DJ Aliaksandr Bahdanau and set designer Maksim Kruk, were sentenced to 3 years of restricted freedom in an open penitentiary

12 more people sentenced in the Brest “dancing protest case”

20.12.2021 12 more people sentenced in the Brest “dancing protest case”

The Maskoŭski District Court of Brest has convicted the 11th group of defendants in the series of trials dubbed by journalists and human rights defenders as “dancing protest case”. The six people were found guilty under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (participation in actions that grossly violate public order).

Political prisoner sentenced to 3 years in prison for laying a funeral wreath in front of a police officer’s house

15.12.2021 Political prisoner sentenced to 3 years in prison for laying a funeral wreath in front of a police officer’s house

On December 14, 2021, Dziaržynsk District and City Court sentenced political prisoner Andrei Runtso to three years in prison.

Political prisoner and human rights activist Marfa Rabkova is being deprived of medical assistance, and her correspondence is blocked

08.12.2021 Political prisoner and human rights activist Marfa Rabkova is being deprived of medical assistance, and her correspondence is blocked

News about Marfa Rabkova who has been kept behind the bars for 14 months

#FreeViasna: Weekly news digest on Viasna’s imprisoned human rights defenders

06.12.2021 #FreeViasna: Weekly news digest on Viasna’s imprisoned human rights defenders

On September 17, #FreeViasna, the campaign of solidarity with the imprisoned "Viasna" members was launched. Here’s the latest news about them.

Political persecution in Belarus on December, 5-6: new detentions

06.12.2021 Political persecution in Belarus on December, 5-6: new detentions

The human rights center “Viasna” has been monitoring the facts of political persecution in Belarus on December, 5-6.

Statement by HRC “Viasna” in regard to the attack on its volunteers

06.12.2021 Statement by HRC “Viasna” in regard to the attack on its volunteers

Statement by HRC “Viasna”

Woman with claustrophobia from Homieĺ sent to prison for 2 years

02.12.2021 Woman with claustrophobia from Homieĺ sent to prison for 2 years

Today, the Centraĺny District Court of Homieĺ announced the verdict in a criminal case against the 49-year-old Larysa Kuzmenka suffering from claustrophobia.

At least 143 people convicted in the protest-related criminal trials in November

01.12.2021 At least 143 people convicted in the protest-related criminal trials in November

This review dwells on the main trends in the court hearings of protest-related criminal cases documented by the Human Rights Center “Viasna” in November.

Third day of crackdown on journalists and civil society organisations in Belarus

16.07.2021 Third day of crackdown on journalists and civil society organisations in Belarus

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" continues to collect facts of political persecution across the country on July 16. For the third day in a row, security forces attacked human rights defenders, journalists, activists, and cultural and social activists.

Viasna and other human rights defenders in Belarus under attack

14.07.2021 Viasna and other human rights defenders in Belarus under attack

On July 14 the law enforcement officers came with searches to the human rights activists of "Viasna" and many other human rights organizations.

Woman sentenced to 2 years of house arrest for evicting a "political" assistant prosecutor from her apartment

30.06.2021 Woman sentenced to 2 years of house arrest for evicting a "political" assistant prosecutor from her apartment

On June 30, the Zavadski District Court in Minsk passed a sentence upon 33-year-old Volha Sinialiova who refused to let her apartment to the assistant prosecutor of Frunzenski district of Minsk, Alina Kasjanchyk.

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