News on the topic: Viasna
16.06.2021 New "godparents" for Belarusian political prisoners
Members of the German Bundestag and the European Parliament take over godparenthoods for Eduard Kudyniuk, Leanid Sudalenka and Volha Klimkova
28.04.2021 Viasna’s imprisoned activists win Czech Homo Homini award
The Homo Homini Award for 2020 will be presented to Marfa Rabkova, Andrei Chapiuk, Leanid Sudalenka and Tatsiana Lasitsa.
26.04.2021 Viasna marks 25 years
25 years ago today, tens of thousands protested peacefully against President Aliaksandr Lukashenka's plans to usurp power. The authorities responded with violence. It was on this very day, April 26, that a group of activists led by Ales Bialiatski decided to launch an initiative which is now known as Viasna.
22.04.2021 Viasna activist Aliaksandr Vaitseshyk walks free after 8 days in jail
Viasna human rights activist Aliaksandr Vaitseshyk was sentenced to 15 days but walked free early after a successful appeal hearing.
15.04.2021 Viasna human rights activist Aliaksandr Vaitseshyk jailed in Baranavičy, goes on hunger strike
Aliaksandr Vaitseshyk, activist of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” in Baranavičy, was sentenced to 15 days in prison. However, it is still unknown what charges he faced.
09.04.2021 Ales Bialiatski questioned in Viasna case
Ales Bialiatski, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, has been questioned as a witness in what is known as the “Viasna case”, a criminal investigation into the organization’s alleged involvement in the financing of the 2020 post-election protests.
27.03.2021 Ongoing harassment of Viasna members
The authorities continue to summon and interrogate human rights defenders and journalists as part of a criminal investigation dubbed “The Viasna Case”. Over the past week, a dozen more activists have been questioned as witnesses in the case alleging Viasna’s involvement in the financing of the post-election protests.
18.03.2021 Authorities step up pressure on Viasna activists
Several human rights defenders working with the Human Rights Center “Viasna” have been questioned in criminal proceedings over the past few days, as the authorities continue to investigate the organization’s alleged involvement in the financing of the post-election protests.
17.03.2021 End reprisals against human rights defenders
Joint statement by Amnetsy International, FIDH, IMS, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Human Rights Watch, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Front Line Defenders, IPHR, and People in Need.
05.03.2021 Viasna protests ongoing repression of its activists
Statement by the Board of the Human Rights Center "Viasna"
02.03.2021 Viasna human rights activist Dzmitry Salauyou detained again, named suspect in criminal case
In the evening of March 1, human rights activist and member of the Board of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Dzmitry Salauyou was detained in Minsk. The day before Salauyou was released after serving 12 days of administrative detention.
22.02.2021 Viasna targeted in fake email attack
Last Friday, February 19, eighty-five electronic mailboxes belonging to EU MPs and ambassadors to Belarus received a letter allegedly authored by the Human Rights Center “Viasna”.
19.02.2021 Viasna calls to release its activist Dzmitry Salauyou and end repression of human rights defenders
Statement by the Board of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”
18.02.2021 Viasna human rights defender Dzmitry Salauyou sentenced to 12 days in prison
Dzmitry Salauyou, human rights defender and member of the Board of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, was sentenced today to 12 days of administrative detention, after Judge Anzhalika Kazlova of the Minsk District Court found him guilty of “illegal picketing” (Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code).
17.02.2021 New reprisals against civil society activists underpin vicious crackdown on human rights
The Belarusian authorities have now set their sights on human rights defenders and journalists whose only crime has been to document the wave of gross human rights violations committed by security forces following last August’s contested presidential election.