News on the topic: political persecution

At least 32 political prisoners were released in March having served their term

05.04.2024 At least 32 political prisoners were released in March having served their term

What political prisoners served their sentences for and how many of them were held in places of captivity, Viasna recalls their cases.

Russia puts Belarusian human rights defenders on wanted list

14.02.2024 Russia puts Belarusian human rights defenders on wanted list

Who are these activists and how did they react to this news?

The Investigative Committee initiated special proceedings against 20 "Tsikhanouskaya analysts"

25.01.2024 The Investigative Committee initiated special proceedings against 20 "Tsikhanouskaya analysts"

Special proceedings began on January 24th. 

We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Nasta Loika

26.10.2023 We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Nasta Loika

Statement of the human rights community of Belarus

Shot in knees and jailed: what Belarusians risks for their anti-war stance

19.10.2023 Shot in knees and jailed: what Belarusians risks for their anti-war stance

As of October 18, 2023, at least 1,630 Belarusians were detained for their anti-war position. Of these, 79 persons were convicted in criminal cases for a term of 1 to 23 years. 

Statement of the human rights community on the recognition of 14 new political prisoners

18.10.2023 Statement of the human rights community on the recognition of 14 new political prisoners

Statement by the human rights community of Belarus

Human rights defender Nasta Loika has been added to the "list of terrorists"

13.10.2023 Human rights defender Nasta Loika has been added to the "list of terrorists"

The State Security Committee has updated the list of "persons involved in terrorist activities", and the names of seven more people have appeared there.

Navapolatsk: Illia Dvoiryn was convicted for pouring paint over a car with Crimean license plates and the letter Z

28.09.2023 Navapolatsk: Illia Dvoiryn was convicted for pouring paint over a car with Crimean license plates and the letter Z

Illia Dvoiryn was detained on July 4 along with his son Dzmitryi and daughter-in-law Viktoryia, as well as other relatives.

37 political prisoners were released in August, 30 of them completing their sentences

07.09.2023 37 political prisoners were released in August, 30 of them completing their sentences

At the moment, there are 1,510 political prisoners in Belarus, and their number is increasing weekly.

“Like a burning peat bog” – Belarus three years after the mass-protests and their brutal crackdown

09.08.2023 “Like a burning peat bog” – Belarus three years after the mass-protests and their brutal crackdown

Libereco and Viasna gathered new data and eyewitness accounts showing the daily state terror Belarusians face.

“Who will defend us then?” Eight stories of human rights defenders about the crackdown on Viasna

08.08.2023 “Who will defend us then?” Eight stories of human rights defenders about the crackdown on Viasna

February 16 and July 14, 2021, the authorities cracked down on non-governmental organizations and independent media outlets.

Criminal prosecution for donations: five features in the lawyer's comments

04.07.2023 Criminal prosecution for donations: five features in the lawyer's comments

In June, a surge in prosecutions for “financing extremist formations” and “extremist and terrorist activities” was registered, clearly driven by political motives.

Statement on recognition of eight people as political prisoners

19.06.2023 Statement on recognition of eight people as political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

Police brutality and arrests force a man with disability to flee Belarus

07.06.2023 Police brutality and arrests force a man with disability to flee Belarus

The story of Siarhei Bialiayeu from Babrujsk, who lived with Parkinson's disease and was persecuted bu the authorities for dissent.

Belarusian authorities' repression of minors: violation of international norms and human rights

07.06.2023 Belarusian authorities' repression of minors: violation of international norms and human rights

Viasna tells how authorities prosecute teenagers in 2023 and what they end up in prison for.

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