News on the topic: criminal prosecution

Members of German Bundestag take over godparenthood for Dzianis Marusevich, Raman Kananovich and Dzmitry Dubkou

28.11.2020 Members of German Bundestag take over godparenthood for Dzianis Marusevich, Raman Kananovich and Dzmitry Dubkou

As part of the solidarity campaign #WeStandBYyou of Libereco, Roderich Kiesewetter (CDU), Jens Brandenburg (FDP) and Leni Breymaier (SPD) have taken over a godparenthood for political prisoners in Belarus.

Release political prisoner Maksim Pauliushchyk!

28.11.2020 Release political prisoner Maksim Pauliushchyk!

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

2 years in prison for removing state flag: New trend of repression in Belarus

27.11.2020 2 years in prison for removing state flag: New trend of repression in Belarus

On November 26, entrepreneur Heorhi Vasilenka was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for replacing the official flag with a white-red-white one in Lenin Square in Homieĺ. The city’s Centraĺny District Court found him guilty under Part 2 of Article 339 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism).

New godparents for Belarusian political prisoners

26.11.2020 New godparents for Belarusian political prisoners

As part of the solidarity campaign #WeStandBYyou of Libereco, Karl Lamers (CDU), Matthias Bartke (SPD), Sandra Weeser (FDP), Mark Hauptmann (CDU), Detlef Müller (SPD) and Frank Müller-Rosentritt (FDP) have taken over a godparenthood for political prisoners in Belarus.

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.

Release political prisoner Ihar Samusenka!

26.11.2020 Release political prisoner Ihar Samusenka!

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

Amnesty International: Whistle-blower doctor and journalist who exposed disinformation are prisoners of conscience

25.11.2020 Amnesty International: Whistle-blower doctor and journalist who exposed disinformation are prisoners of conscience

The authorities in Belarus have arrested and opened criminal proceedings against medical doctor Artsyom Sarokin and journalist Katsyaryna Barysevich who published information about the recent death of a peaceful protester, and exposed what appears to be an official cover-up of his killing. They are both prisoners of conscience, detained solely for the exercise of their right to freedom of expression, and must be immediately and unconditionally released and the criminal proceedings against them ended.

HRDs call to release journalists held on criminal charges

25.11.2020 HRDs call to release journalists held on criminal charges

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations on the criminal cases of journalists Katsiaryna Barysevich, Katsiaryna Andreyeva and Darya Chultsova

Human rights coalition adds 8 new names to list of political prisoners

25.11.2020 Human rights coalition adds 8 new names to list of political prisoners

Joint statement by the human rights organizations of Belarus

More German MPs stand with Belarusian political prisoners

24.11.2020 More German MPs stand with Belarusian political prisoners

As part of the solidarity campaign #WeStandBYyou of Libereco, members of German Bundestag Tabea Rößner (Alliance90/The Greens), Ulli Nissen (SPD) and Albert Stegemann (CDU) have taken over a godparenthood for Belarusian political prisoners Aliaksei Karatkou, Volha Klaskouskaya and Siarhei Liazhenka.

Immediately release arrested students and professor!

24.11.2020 Immediately release arrested students and professor!

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

Members of German Bundestag take over godparenthood for Marfa Rabkova, Raman Bahnavets and Stanislau Mikhailau

23.11.2020 Members of German Bundestag take over godparenthood for Marfa Rabkova, Raman Bahnavets and Stanislau Mikhailau

As part of the solidarity campaign #WeStandBYyou of Libereco, Agnieszka Brugger (Alliance 90/The Greens), Klaus-Dieter Gröhler (CDU) and Alexander Müller (FDP) have taken over a godparenthood for political prisoners in Belarus.

BAJ demands immediate release of TUT.BY reporter Katsiaryna Barysevich

21.11.2020 BAJ demands immediate release of TUT.BY reporter Katsiaryna Barysevich

The Belarusian Association of Journalists believes that instead of looking for the real perpetrators of the murder, the investigators persecute those who are trying to find out the truth about the circumstances of Raman Bandarenka's death.

Convicted protesters lose appeal in “resisting arrest” trial

20.11.2020 Convicted protesters lose appeal in “resisting arrest” trial

The Minsk City Court upheld today the sentences of imprisonment earlier handed down to two protesters arrested on charges of using violence when resisting arrest at an election rally. The sentences were condemned as politically motivated by the country’s human rights community.

Arrested anarchist suffers Chechnya-style torture, lawyer says

19.11.2020 Arrested anarchist suffers Chechnya-style torture, lawyer says

Mikalai Dziadok, blogger and journalist of the Novy Chas weekly, who describes himself as an anarchist, was arrested on November 12 near the city of Salihorsk, 120 km south of Minsk. A video released by the Interior Ministry the following day shows the humiliated and beaten activist confessing to “plotting to overthrow the government.”

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