News on the topic: political prisoners

Political prisoner Anton Bialenski convicted in Minsk

05.03.2021 Political prisoner Anton Bialenski convicted in Minsk

The Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk has convicted political prisoner and former volunteer of Viktar Babaryka's campaign Anton Bialenski under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code, “active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order”, for his involvement in the peaceful protest of August 9, 2020.

Swiss MPs to sponsor Ala Sharko, Anastasiya Mirontsava and Viktoryia Mirontsava

04.03.2021 Swiss MPs to sponsor Ala Sharko, Anastasiya Mirontsava and Viktoryia Mirontsava

As part of the solidarity campaign #WeStandBYyou of Libereco, Valérie Piller Carrard (National Council, SP), Mattea Meyer (National Council, SP) and Cédric Wermuth (National Council, SP) have taken over a godparenthood for political prisoners in Belarus.

8 more protesters called political prisoners

03.03.2021 8 more protesters called political prisoners

Joint statement by the human rights organizations of Belarus

5 years in prison for political prisoner Ruslan Parfionau

03.03.2021 5 years in prison for political prisoner Ruslan Parfionau

Judge Anatol Strelchanka of the Mazyr District Court has sentenced political prisoner Ruslan Parfionau to five years in a medium-security penal colony, finding him guilty of “rioting” (Part 2 of Art. 293).

Five new political prisoners in Belarus

02.03.2021 Five new political prisoners in Belarus

Joint statement by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community

Tut.by reporter and whistleblower doctor convicted in political trial

02.03.2021 Tut.by reporter and whistleblower doctor convicted in political trial

The Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk has convicted tut.by journalist Katsiaryna Barysevich and medical doctor Artsiom Sarokin of illegal disclosing a medical secret, after they refuted official information alleging that the deceased protester Raman Bandarenka was drunk on the night of his death.

MPs from Germany and Austria take over godparenthood for Aliaksandr Babich, Viktar Barushka and Tatsiana Lasitsa

01.03.2021 MPs from Germany and Austria take over godparenthood for Aliaksandr Babich, Viktar Barushka and Tatsiana Lasitsa

As part of the solidarity campaign #WeStandBYyou of Libereco, Ottmar von Holtz (Bundestag, Alliance90/The Greens), Petra Bayr (National Council, SPÖ) and Gisela Manderla (Bundestag, CDU) have taken over a godparenthood for political prisoners in Belarus.

7 new names on list of political prisoners

26.02.2021 7 new names on list of political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

Political prisoner Yauhen Dzmitryeu sentenced to two years in prison

26.02.2021 Political prisoner Yauhen Dzmitryeu sentenced to two years in prison

A 26-year-old political prisoner Yauhen Dzmitryeu was sentenced today by the Centraĺny District Court of Minsk to two years in a penal colony on charges of “violating public order” (Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code). The charge stems from the events of October 4, when a water cannon was broken during a protest in Minsk.

We demand the immediate release of political prisoners Maryia Safonava and Andrei Sysun

25.02.2021 We demand the immediate release of political prisoners Maryia Safonava and Andrei Sysun

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations

Political prisoner Aliaksandr Kisialiou convicted in Žlobin

25.02.2021 Political prisoner Aliaksandr Kisialiou convicted in Žlobin

Judge Yauhen Yerafeyeu of the Žlobin District Court has sentenced political prisoner Aliaksandr Kisialiou to three years in prison, finding him guilty of “violating public order” (Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code) and “threat of violence or violence against a law enforcement officer” (Art. 364 of the Criminal Code).

Political prisoner Maryna Hlazava sentenced to 18 months of ‘home imprisonment’

25.02.2021 Political prisoner Maryna Hlazava sentenced to 18 months of ‘home imprisonment’

The Lieninski District Court of Brest has handed down the first verdicts in the criminal case of the “dancing protest” held on September 13. The case was opened under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code and involved dozens of people.

Political prisoner Uladzislau Zianevich sentenced to 3 years of restricted freedom

23.02.2021 Political prisoner Uladzislau Zianevich sentenced to 3 years of restricted freedom

Judge Maryna Zapasnik of the Lieninski District Court of Minsk sentenced political prisoner Uladzislau Zianevich to three years of restricted freedom in an open penitentiary (so-called “khimiya”), finding him guilty under Article 342 of the Criminal Code. The convict was released in the courtroom pending an appeal hearing.

More protesters convicted in political trials

19.02.2021 More protesters convicted in political trials

Courts in Minsk sentenced today political prisoners Ivan Krasouski, Volha Paulava and Liavon Khalatran to terms of restricted freedom (so-called “khimiya”), finding them guilty of “breaching public order” during the unprecedented wave of protests triggered by the fraudulent presidential election of August 2020.

Political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny walks free after 6 ½ years in prison

19.02.2021 Political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny walks free after 6 ½ years in prison

Mikhail Zhamchuzhny, a 65-year-old political prisoner and human rights activist, was released this morning from penal colony No. 9 in the city of Horki, Mahilioŭ region, RFE/RL’s Belarus service said.

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