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Human rights groups call to release Babaryka campaign activists

06.07.2020 Human rights groups call to release Babaryka campaign activists

The human rights organizations of Belarus insist on the immediate and unconditional release of Alena Karahachava and Dzmitry Karaka, members of Viktar Babaryka’s campaign team.

Viasna condemns persecution of opposition leader Statkevich as politically motivated

30.06.2020 Viasna condemns persecution of opposition leader Statkevich as politically motivated

Mikalai Statkevich, opposition politician, former presidential candidate and ex-political prisoner, is facing criminal charges of “grave breach of public order” (Part 1, Art. 342 of the Criminal Code), his wife Maryna Adamovich said.

We call to stop repressions and pressure on civil society

30.06.2020 We call to stop repressions and pressure on civil society

Statement of Working Group of Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus

Amnesty International calls Tsikhanouski, Babaryka, associates and bloggers prisoners of conscience

29.06.2020 Amnesty International calls Tsikhanouski, Babaryka, associates and bloggers prisoners of conscience

The Belarusian authorities “must end politically motivated prosecutions, intimidation, harassment and reprisals against Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s opponents and their supporters, civil society activists and independent media,” Amnesty International said today.

Four critical bloggers charged in Tsikhanouski case

26.06.2020 Four critical bloggers charged in Tsikhanouski case

Four bloggers known for their criticism of the current government have been charged under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (group actions that grossly disturb public order) and are facing up to three years in prison

HRHF: Crackdown by Belarusian Authorities on Opposition Figures, Peaceful Protesters, and Journalists

24.06.2020 HRHF: Crackdown by Belarusian Authorities on Opposition Figures, Peaceful Protesters, and Journalists

Human Rights House Foundation strongly condemns the actions in recent days of the Belarusian authorities to violently suppress peaceful protests, silence independent journalists, and intimidate members of the political opposition. These actions represent gross violations of the fundamental freedoms of association, assembly, and expression and attacks on human rights defenders.

Viktar Babaryka charged in criminal case

21.06.2020 Viktar Babaryka charged in criminal case

On June 20, the detained presidential nominee and former CEO of Belgazprombank Viktar Babaryka, who is currently held in the KGB pre-trial prison, faced formal charges in a criminal case, his lawyer Dzmitry Layeuski told interfax.by. The counsel, however, refused to elaborate on the charges, citing a non-disclosure obligation.

Belarusian human rights defenders call to immediately release Viktar Babaryka and members of his nomination group

19.06.2020 Belarusian human rights defenders call to immediately release Viktar Babaryka and members of his nomination group

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

Presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka, campaign chief detained in new criminal case

18.06.2020 Presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka, campaign chief detained in new criminal case

Presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka and his son and campaign chief Eduard were detained this morning by the Department of Financial Investigations of the State Control Committee. The two men were reportedly detained after they arrived at the Central Election Commission building to submit part of the signatures collected to support Babaryka’s presidential nomination.

Siarhei Tsikhanouski facing new charge of “obstructing elections”

17.06.2020 Siarhei Tsikhanouski facing new charge of “obstructing elections”

Popular YouTuber and election campaigner Siarhei Tsikhanouski is facing a new charge of “interfering with elections” (Art. 191 of the Criminal Code), according to a reliable source. The charge carries a range of possible penalties, including imprisonment.

Andrei Novikau called eighth political prisoner in Tsikhanouski case

15.06.2020 Andrei Novikau called eighth political prisoner in Tsikhanouski case

Representatives of the country’s leading human rights organizations, including Viasna, have named Andrei Novikau, volunteer of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s nomination team, another political prisoner after on June 12 he faced official charges of “disturbing public order” during an election picket on May 29 in Hrodna.

HRDs insist on immediate release of all activists charged under Article 342 of the Criminal Code

10.06.2020 HRDs insist on immediate release of all activists charged under Article 342 of the Criminal Code

Statement by the human rights community of Belarus on the criminal charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski and six other participants in the May 29 picket in Hrodna

Siarhei Tsikhanouski and supporters face formal charges

09.06.2020 Siarhei Tsikhanouski and supporters face formal charges

Siarhei Tsikhanouski, a known vlogger and campaign chief of his wife Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s nomination group, has been officially charged under Part 1, Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organizing group actions that grossly violate public order and are associated with obvious disobedience to the lawful demands of the authorities or have caused disruption of the activities of public transport, enterprises, institutions or organizations, or active participation in such actions in the absence of signs of a more serious crime).

Release Siarhei Tsikhanouski!

01.06.2020 Release Siarhei Tsikhanouski!

We, representatives of Belarusian human rights organizations, call on the Belarusian authorities to immediately release Siarhei Tsikhanouski and stop his criminal prosecution.

Political prisoner Pilip Shaurou walks free after mild sentence

19.05.2020 Political prisoner Pilip Shaurou walks free after mild sentence

The court of the Centraĺny district of Minsk has sentenced Pilip Shaurou, activist of the Young Front opposition group earlier called a political prisoner by Belarusian human rights defenders, to a fine of 1,350 rubles, finding him guilty of criminal vandalism and property damage.

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