News on the topic: criminal prosecution

Sleeping on the floor and an unbuttoned jacket: how political prisoners are persecuted for "malicious disobedience"

23.01.2024 Sleeping on the floor and an unbuttoned jacket: how political prisoners are persecuted for "malicious disobedience"

Viasna has analyzed court rulings under Article 411 of the Criminal Code and reports absurd and far-fetched violations political prisoners are punished for, which they are later tried for and receive additional terms.

BYPOL case trial begins in absentia. Defendants accused under 12 articles

22.01.2024 BYPOL case trial begins in absentia. Defendants accused under 12 articles

On January 22, Minsk City Court tries 6 defendants. The judge is Dzina Kuchuk.

Belarusian authorities start trial of Aliaksandr Ziankou, bring charges against Ales Sabaleuski, detain Yauhen Hlushkou

19.01.2024 Belarusian authorities start trial of Aliaksandr Ziankou, bring charges against Ales Sabaleuski, detain Yauhen Hlushkou

“The detentions of journalists Yauhen Hlushkou, Ales Sabaleuski, and Aliaksandr Ziankou are yet another example of the Belarusian authorities’ relentless harassment of members of the press.”

We demand the rehabilitation of 14 convicted participants of peaceful assemblies

19.01.2024 We demand the rehabilitation of 14 convicted participants of peaceful assemblies

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

Statement on the recognition of Ales Sabaleuski as a political prisoner

19.01.2024 Statement on the recognition of Ales Sabaleuski as a political prisoner

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

60 people were convicted for donations. How are they persecuted in Belarus for solidarity, and how to avoid persecution for it

18.01.2024 60 people were convicted for donations. How are they persecuted in Belarus for solidarity, and how to avoid persecution for it

Viasna reports how people in Belarus are persecuted for showing solidarity and reminds what to do if you are called for a "conversation" because of your donations.

At least 1,603 people were convicted in Belarus in 2023: results of criminal prosecution

16.01.2024 At least 1,603 people were convicted in Belarus in 2023: results of criminal prosecution

During 2023, Viasna recorded political criminal cases against Belarusians. We publish statistics and report high-profile cases.

A Belarusian woman who returned from Sweden was sentenced in Minsk: five years in a penal colony

15.01.2024 A Belarusian woman who returned from Sweden was sentenced in Minsk: five years in a penal colony

On January 12, Krasnianskaya was sentenced to five years in prison

At least 207 detained upon return to Belarus: current statistics from Viasna for 2023

11.01.2024 At least 207 detained upon return to Belarus: current statistics from Viasna for 2023

Viasna has collected all known information about the persecution of people returning to Belarus from abroad.

In 2023, 62 "extremist groups" were recognized, 11 of them are media outlets

10.01.2024 In 2023, 62 "extremist groups" were recognized, 11 of them are media outlets

Viasna reports the organizations that were recognized as "extremist formations" in 2023.

Former serviceman Pavel Kuchynski was sentenced to 19 years of imprisonment

03.01.2024 Former serviceman Pavel Kuchynski was sentenced to 19 years of imprisonment

Pavel was found guilty under seven criminal articles: "treason to the state", "act of terrorism", "creation of an organization for carrying out terrorist activities or participation in it" among others.

The statement on the recognition of 14 people as political prisoners

03.01.2024 The statement on the recognition of 14 people as political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

The statement on the recognition of 15 people as political prisoners

26.12.2023 The statement on the recognition of 15 people as political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

What happened to political prisoners from December 13 to 21

22.12.2023 What happened to political prisoners from December 13 to 21

Viasna provides a weekly overview of the latest news on political prisoners.

The statement on the recognition of 6 people as political prisoners

21.12.2023 The statement on the recognition of 6 people as political prisoners

We, representatives of the human rights community of Belarus, once again note that politically motivated criminal prosecution is used by the authorities to suppress public and political activity, dissent, and anti-war protests.

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