News on the topic: political prisoners

UN experts call for release from prison of veteran politician suffering from cancer

26.02.2024 UN experts call for release from prison of veteran politician suffering from cancer

UN experts* today expressed concern at the reported critical health condition and ill-treatment in detention of Ryhor Kastusiou.

"Language as a protest." The Belarusian language in prisons

22.02.2024 "Language as a protest." The Belarusian language in prisons

According to Article 50 of the Constitution, everyone has the right to use their native language and choose the language of communication.

"Who helps with care packages?" Details of the mass crackdown by security forces on relatives of political prisoners

22.02.2024 "Who helps with care packages?" Details of the mass crackdown by security forces on relatives of political prisoners

Viasna reports what is now known about the persecution of relatives of political prisoners, and human rights activist Pavel Sapelka has commented on the KGB crackdown and recalled important security measures that will help avoid imprisonment.

Statement of the Belarusian human rights community on the death of political prisoner Ihar Lednik

21.02.2024 Statement of the Belarusian human rights community on the death of political prisoner Ihar Lednik

Statement of the Belarusian human rights community on the death of political prisoner Ihar Lednik

Five politicians from Latvia become godparents for political prisoners in Belarus

21.02.2024 Five politicians from Latvia become godparents for political prisoners in Belarus

As part of #WeStandBYyou solidarity campaign, Jana Simanovska, Antoņina Ņenaševa, Mairita Lūse as well as Leila Rasima (Progresīvie) and Juris Viļums (Reģionu alianse) have taken on a godparenthood Siarhei Pliashkun, Ala Zuyeva, Yauhen Verkhavodkin, Ala Sakalenka und Ruslan Slutskі.

Political prisoner Ihar Lednik died. He had health problems

20.02.2024 Political prisoner Ihar Lednik died. He had health problems

The political prisoner had a group II disability due to heart problems.

The statement on the recognition of 6 people as political prisoners

19.02.2024 The statement on the recognition of 6 people as political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

Former distinguished graduate of BSU sentenced to 5 years in penal colony for donations

19.02.2024 Former distinguished graduate of BSU sentenced to 5 years in penal colony for donations

On February 16, the Minsk City Court sentenced Kseniya Khodyrava, a 27-year-old political prisoner.

The statement on the recognition of 7 people as political prisoners

16.02.2024 The statement on the recognition of 7 people as political prisoners

Statement by the human rights community of Belarus

The pressure continues: what happened to political prisoners between January 27 and February 13

13.02.2024 The pressure continues: what happened to political prisoners between January 27 and February 13

Viasna reports the latest news about political prisoners.

At least 55 defendants. Who they are and how they are persecuted in Belarus for "treason against the state"

09.02.2024 At least 55 defendants. Who they are and how they are persecuted in Belarus for "treason against the state"

Viasna reports on the persecution under Article 356 of the Criminal Code.

At least 310 detainees: results of administrative prosecution in January

07.02.2024 At least 310 detainees: results of administrative prosecution in January

Viasna compiled a list of the strangest and most ridiculous reasons why Belarusians were tried in January.

The statement on the recognition of 12 people as political prisoners

06.02.2024 The statement on the recognition of 12 people as political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

35 political prisoners released in January having served their sentences

02.02.2024 35 political prisoners released in January having served their sentences

Viasna recounts their cases and terms in the monthly digest. 

"What was broken in the punishment cell heals the way it is": former political prisoner speaks of the conditions in PC-1

01.02.2024 "What was broken in the punishment cell heals the way it is": former political prisoner speaks of the conditions in PC-1

The man heard the screams of political prisoners being beaten, treated himself using books from the library, and ate gruel in a punishment cell, while snowflakes fell into his plate from the window open for several days in a row.

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