Freedom to political prisoners!
Sunday of December 19, 2010, was called “bloody” in Belarus. On the day of the presidential elections, a peaceful rally against the rigged election results was brutally dispersed and more than 1000 people, among them most presidential candidates, members of their teams, journalists and human rights activists, were arrested. More than 40 people were jailed. Presidential candidates and activists of their teams received unprecedentedly long jail sentences – from 2 to 6 years.
Innocent people spent almost a year behind bars facing torture and inhuman treatment. Lukashenka had to release some political prisoners due to Western sanctions and the catastrophic state of the country's economy.
Presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich and 5 activists are still in jail.
The international community and human rights organisations demand to release the Belarusian prisoners of conscience. Seeking the release of remaining 6 political prisoners, the European Union and the United States imposed visa restrictions and economic sanctions on dictator's cronies – officials and businessmen involved in repressions and providing financial aid to the regime.
Yury Rubtsou: 225140, Brest obl., Pruzhany r-n, d. Kuplin, IUOT №7
Yauheny Vaskovich: 212011, Mahilou, ul. Krupskoi 99а, prison №4
Mikalai Dzyadok: 212011, Mahilou, ul. Krupskoi 99а, prison №4
Ihar Alinevich: 211300, Vitebskaya oblast, Vitebski r-n, p. Vitba. IK № 3
Artyom Prakapenka: 212013, Mahilou, Slavgorodskoye Shosse 183, IK №15
Mikalai Statkevich: 213004, Shklov, ul.1-ya Zavodskaya, 8, IK-17
Topic: Freedom to political prisoners!
17:19 Mikalai Statkevich: “Certain personality should consult a specialist” 12
The political prisoner answered to Lukashenka’s accusations.
14:35 Political prisoner Prakapenka may face new jail term? 2
The political prisoner was denied a pardon. His prison term may be extended due to violations of prison rules.
8:45 Political prisoner Rubtsou gets acquainted with materials of a new case 2
On April 22 Yury Rubtsou got acquainted with materials of a criminal case initiated under Article avoidance of serving punishment.
13:22 President of PACE: Resumption of contacts with Belarus is only after free elections and release of political prisoners 14
Anne Brasseur sounded conditions for resuming contacts with the official Minsk.
12:11 Mikalai Statkevich: Mice proposals stimulate cat's appetite
Political prisoner and presidential candidate spoke about the upcoming "elections".
13:01 Artsiom Prakapenka applies for pardon 4
Lukashenka, however, does not hurry to release the political prisoner.
12:31 Images of political prisoners next to the National Opera and Ballet of Belarus photo 1
Portraits of Belarusian political prisoners appeared on the Day of Solidarity in the center of Minsk.
11:52 Maryna Adamovich: Pressure on political prisoners is challenge to West 3
The wife of imprisoned former presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich says about the increased pressure on political prisoners.
17:15 “Freedom to Statkevich” banner unfurled in Brest photo 8
A banner with a call to release the political prisoner was seen in one of the busy streets of the capital of the region.
Maryna Adamovich: EU politicians have been repeating the same mistake for 20 years
The Belarusian authorities increase pressure on political prisoners while holding a dialogue with the EU.
13:50 Human Rights Watch calls for release of Belarusian political prisoners
Recommendations for steps Belarus should be urged to take: release six prisoners, establish an immediate moratorium on the death penalty and amend the law on mass media.
11:58 Political prisoner Rubtsou to be thrown to pre-trial detention centre
Activist Yury Rubtsou from Homel is accused of evasion of serving a term of punishment.
7:48 Political prisoner Statkevich faces another trial 60
Statkevich faces tougher regime.
15:18 Supervision over Eduard Lobau intensified
The former political prisoner Eduard Lobau is to return home before 8 p.m., and check in at the police department of Maskouski district every Thursday.
14:20 Mikalai Dziadok's appeal to be considered on April 30 1
The appeal of political prisoner Mikalai Dziadol will be heard by the Mahilou regional court at 10:00 on April 30.
16:55 Human rights organizations demand to stop pressurization of Mikalai Statkevich 5
Legal Transformation Centre Lawtrend and Human Rights Centre "Viasna" filed a appeal to the Department of Corrections and the administration of the penal colony №17 in Shklou concerning the increased pressure on the political prisoner.
15:07 Ales Bialiatski: Authorities stepping up pressure on political prisoners 4
The international community should pay attention to spiraling on of the crackdown against the civil society in Belarus.
13:14 Yury Rubtsou is in a remand prison 9
Yury Rubtsou is taken into custody.
11:53 Yury Rubtsou's location is unknown 2
There has been no information from the political prisoner since yesterday. It is possible that he is now in jail.
10:17 Yury Rubtsou goes on hunger strike 6
Political prisoner Yury Rubtsou protests against a new criminal case that has been opened against him.
9:50 Maryna Adamovich: Mikalai Statkevich needs solidarity video 22
Pressure on political prisoners continues, and even a letter means big support for them.
16:07 New case opened against political prisoner Yury Rubtsou 9
A criminal case against Homel activist for evasion from serving the sentence has been opened.
14:14 «Viasna» demands that the Parliament repeal Article 411 of the Criminal Code
Human rights defenders continue to insist that no one should be punished twice for the same action.
12:39 Eights acts drawn up against Mikalai Statkevich within a week
The political prisoner is deprived of food parcels, short meetings, and served three days in a punishment cell, and yesterday he was placed for two months in a Ward-type Room.
12:17 Barysau Social Democrats: Statkevich subjected to tortures in colony 9
Increasing pressure on Mikalai Statkevich in the Shklou colony No. 17must be regarded as tortures of political opponent.
10:54 'Lukashenka go away' tattoo author searched
Investigators from Brest are looking for a person who tattooed "Lukashenka go away" on Yury Rubtsou's body.
14:23 Only mother receives Jauhen Vaskovich’s letters 1
No letters from political prisoner Jauhen Vaskovich were received for long.
12:33 Lukashenka doesn't plan to release Statkevich 22
The dictator says Mikalai Statkevich “wants to be a prisoner”, so he remains behind bars.
11:00 New frame-up case against Statkevich
Conflict between a political prisoner and the colony administration is exacerbating.
11:26 Statkevich refuses to clean yard in Shklou correctional facility
The political prisoner's decision is explained with pressure on him.
11:52 Political prisoner Alinevich gets in the squad of former prosecutors and judges
The former squad in the colony was disbanded.
14:34 Mikalai Dziadok: "I want to be last convict under Article 411 of Criminal Code" 15
The political prisoner demands to annul Article 411 of the Criminal Code.
7:57 Mikalai Statkevich - the truth about pressure on political prisoners 29
Politician condemns those oppositionists who call the West to engage in dialogue with Lukashenka.
17:10 BCD: Election out of question as long as political prisoners stay behind the bars
The organizing committee for creation of the Belarusian Christian Democratic Party demand to release Belarusian political prisoners.
16:00 Photo-fact: “Freedom for Statkevich” on banknotes photo 21
Banknotes calling to release Statkevich appeared in the country.
13:54 Political prisoner Rubtsou filed complaint about judge's actions 7
Yury Rubtsou wants Kiryl Palulekh to pay compensation for emotional distress.
8:00 Political prisoner tattoos “Lukashenka, go away” on his chest 16
Yury Rubtsou got a tattoo on the occasion of the Freedom Day.
12:01 Baranavichy dwellers told about political prisoners
Activists of the civil campaign European Belarus in Baranovichi spread information about political prisoners.
15:03 Valiantsin Stephanovich: Government do not intend to release political prisoners
Political prisoners will unlikely be released soon.
9:30 Eduard Lobau punished for violating supervision regime 6
The former political prisoner, who has been under police supervision after the release from prison, was punished for violating the supervision rules.
14:28 Political prisoners' issue discussed in Brussels 2
Human rights issues were raised during a meeting with European officials.
13:26 Solidarity with Mikalai Dziadok in Brest (video) 4
Several actions of solidarity with political prisoners held by Brest anarchists.
22:23 Picket in Warsaw: Freedom to Belarusian political prisoners! photo 1
Anarchists from the Black Cross organisation held a picket of solidarity with Belarusian prisoners of conscience.
16:12 Anastasia Loika: Sentence to Dziadok connected with EU-Lukashenka talks 5
The Belarusian authorities do not only have an intention to release political prisoners but also worsen confinement conditions and increase prison term for them.
14:03 Mikalai Autukhovich: Mikalai Dziadok is dangerous for regime 5
The political prisoner probably has high political potential, so they decided to hold him in prison in the year of “elections”.
11:58 Political prisoner Rubtsou begins to receive newspapers 1
According to Rubtsou, to achieve it, he had to call the post office and threaten the post staff with a lawsuit.
11:00 Maryna Adamovich: New political prisoners may appear 4
The authorities try the West's patience.
9:18 Mikalai Dziadok: System based on lies to collapse 32
Political prisoner Mikalai Dziadok is sentenced to an additional year in prison.
8:27 Valiantsin Stefanovich: Belarusian authorities are not going to release political prisoners 10
Lukashenka is not going to fulfill demands of the EU.