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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 99, prison 4

Mikalai Dzyadok: 212011, Mahilou, ul. Krupskoi 99, 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



27.02.2015

Picket in Warsaw: Freedom to Belarusian political prisoners! photos 1

22:23, Politics

Picket in Warsaw: Freedom to Belarusian political prisoners!

Anarchists from the Black Cross organisation held a picket of solidarity with Belarusian prisoners of conscience.

Anastasia Loika: Sentence to Dziadok connected with EU-Lukashenka talks 5

16:12, Politics

Anastasia Loika: Sentence to Dziadok connected with EU-Lukashenka talks

The Belarusian authorities do not only have an intention to release political prisoners but also worsen confinement conditions and increase prison term for them.

Mikalai Autukhovich: Mikalai Dziadok is dangerous for regime 5

14:03, Politics

Mikalai Autukhovich: Mikalai Dziadok is dangerous for regime

The political prisoner probably has high political potential, so they decided to hold him in prison in the year of elections.

Political prisoner Rubtsou begins to receive newspapers 1

11:58, Politics

Political prisoner Rubtsou begins to receive newspapers

According to Rubtsou, to achieve it, he had to call the post office and threaten the post staff with a lawsuit.

Maryna Adamovich: New political prisoners may appear 4

11:00, Politics

Maryna Adamovich: New political prisoners may appear

The authorities try the West's patience.

Mikalai Dziadok: System based on lies to collapse  ? 32

9:18, Politics

Mikalai Dziadok: System based on lies to collapse

Political prisoner Mikalai Dziadok is sentenced to an additional year in prison.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: Belarusian authorities are not going to release political prisoners 10

8:27, Politics

Valiantsin Stefanovich: Belarusian authorities are not going to release political prisoners

Lukashenka is not going to fulfill demands of the EU.

26.02.2015

Dzyadok sentenced to one more year in prison 72

18:16, Politics

Dzyadok sentenced to one more year in prison

The term of imprisonment has been extended by one year for the political prisoner.

Prosecutor wants 1 year in high security prison for Dziadok 10

16:22, Politics

Prosecutor wants 1 year in high security prison for Dziadok

The verdict will be delivered at 17:30.

Mikalai Dziadok tried in Mahileu 2

12:58, Politics

Mikalai Dziadok tried in Mahileu

Today the consideration of a criminal case of the political prisoner Mikalai Dziadok continues in the Mahileu prison.

Political prisoner Vaskovich marks birthday in prison 4

11:23, Politics

Political prisoner Vaskovich marks birthday in prison

Political prisoner Yauhen Vaskovich marks his 25th birthday on February 26.

25.02.2015

Dziadok's health deteriorates in prison 2

16:00, Politics

Dziadok's health deteriorates in prison

Political prisoner Mikalai Dziadok was taken to a hospital in Mahilou for an examination some days before the trial.

Portraits of political prisoner Dziadok in Brest streets photos 1

13:36, Politics

Portraits of political prisoner Dziadok in Brest streets

Big posters with the portrait of Mikalai Dziadok appeared in the centre of the town.

Political prisoner Dziadok tried behind closed doors 3

11:56, Politics

Political prisoner Dziadok tried behind closed doors

Mikalai Dziadok was to be released on March 3, 2015, after the expiration of his prison term.

Statkevich, Rubtsou and Tonkacheva in Amnesty International report 1

10:34, Politics

Statkevich, Rubtsou and Tonkacheva in Amnesty International report

Amnesty International has released an annual report on human rights in 160 countries of the world.

24.02.2015

EU Representatives informed about new case against political prisoner Dzyadok 3

17:34, Politics

EU Representatives informed about new case against political prisoner Dzyadok

Belarusian human rights watchdogs met with representatives of the foreign policy agency of the European Union.

Paval Sevyarynets: Nomination of Statkevich could help release all political prisoners  ? 16

16:24, Politics

Paval Sevyarynets: Nomination of Statkevich could help release all political prisoners

The campaign for nomination of Mikalai Statkevich as a candidate for presidency should be held right now.

Political prisoner Rubtsou files a lawsuit against the Ministry of Internal Affairs

12:02, Politics

Political prisoner Rubtsou files a lawsuit against the Ministry of Internal Affairs

Yury Rubtsou appealed to the District Court against Administration of the institution of open type No. 7 and Ministry of Internal Affairs.

23.02.2015

Maryna Adamovich: Statkevichs nomination is strong solution  ? 37

15:10, Politics

Maryna Adamovich: Statkevichs nomination is strong solution

Nomination of Mikalai Statkevich as a single candidate may help him to be released from prison.

Political prisoner Alinevich denied letters and newspapers

13:32, Politics

Political prisoner Alinevich denied letters and newspapers

Valiantsina Alinevich met with his son in the colony.

20.02.2015

Ales Bialiatski tells Latvian foreign minister about Belarusian political prisoners 2

13:32, Politics

Ales Bialiatski tells Latvian foreign minister about Belarusian political prisoners

Representatives of the Belarusian civil society met with the foreign minister of Latvia today.

19.02.2015

Andrei Sannikov: EBRD President promised me to raise question about political prisoners in Minsk  ? photos 13

18:40, Politics

Andrei Sannikov: EBRD President promised me to raise question about political prisoners in Minsk

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will not exclude political benchmarks when considering the question of crediting Belarus.

Political prisoner Vaskovich denied reading CC in the colony

11:24, Politics

Political prisoner Vaskovich denied reading CC in the colony

Political prisoner Jauhen Vaskovich was denied to take with him a legal literature.

18.02.2015

Relatives of abducted Belarusians addressed head of Latvian Foreign Ministry  ? 8

17:26, Politics

Relatives of abducted Belarusians addressed head of Latvian Foreign Ministry

Edgars Rinkevichs is asked to raise a question of political prisoners and politically motivated abductions during his visit in Minsk.

Lviv anarchists hold picket of solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners photos 4

16:52, Politics

Lviv anarchists hold picket of solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners

Portraits of the prisoners of conscience were hung out near the Belarusian consulate.

Political prisoner Dziadok to stand trial on February 25 5

16:08, Politics

Political prisoner Dziadok to stand trial on February 25

Mikalai Dziadok may be sentenced to an additional year in prison.

17.02.2015

Marathon of writing letters to political prisoner Vaskovich started photos 1

17:13, Politics

Marathon of writing letters to political prisoner Vaskovich started

The campaign is to continue until February 26, which is birthday of the political prisoner.

16.02.2015

Dzianis Sadouski: Its not right to participate in election before political prisoners released 5

19:00, Politics

Dzianis Sadouski: Its not right to participate in election before political prisoners released

Statements and declarations, signed by the democratic forces in 2011-2012, should not be forgotten.

Mikalai Statkevich reports limited access to information 1

13:15, Politics

Mikalai Statkevich reports limited access to information

Political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich has sent a letter to journalist Barys Vyrvich, which he received on 13 February.

12.02.2015

Ales Marachkin: No elections until Statkevich is released  ? 23

15:19, Politics

Ales Marachkin: No elections until Statkevich is released

Opposition should do what civil society wants it to do.

Lithuanian Foreign Ministry: Belarus political prisoners should be released  ? 6

9:04, Politics

Lithuanian Foreign Ministry: Belarus political prisoners should be released

Only then the EU can lift sanctions against Lukashenka's regime.

Volha Nikalaichyk: Boycott if Statkevich is not nominated 9

8:50, Politics

Volha Nikalaichyk: Boycott if Statkevich is not nominated

The activist sees logic in boycotting the presidential elections.

11.02.2015

Valyantsin Stefanovich: Nomination of Statkevich is powerful solidarity action 9

16:17, Politics

Valyantsin Stefanovich: Nomination of Statkevich is powerful solidarity action

Nomination of Mikalai Statkevich as a presidential candidate would become a solidarity action and a strong information campaign.

Vatslau Areshka: Election boycott is the only adequate way out 4

14:34, Politics

Vatslau Areshka: Election boycott is the only adequate way out

For opposition the upcoming elections are absolutely out of sense, therefore they should be used to release political prisoners.

Latvian MFA: EU's stance won't change until Statkevich is released 1

11:58, Politics

Latvian MFA: EU's stance won't change until Statkevich is released

Lukashenka should free political prisoners.

One cannot save Ukrainians, betraying Belarusians  ? 16

0:17, Politics

One cannot save Ukrainians, betraying Belarusians

Angela Merkel and François Hollande should demand the release of presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich.

10.02.2015

Rubtsou may be tried for another criminal case 26

8:07, Politics

Rubtsou may be tried for another criminal case

Yury Rubtsou was summoned for an interrogation to the Investigative Committee in Pruzhany.

9.02.2015

Mikalai Dziadok's case to be sent to prosecutor again

17:01, Politics

Mikalai Dziadok's case to be sent to prosecutor again

An investigator will send the case of the political prisoner to a prosecutor on Monday for filing it to court.

Yauhen Vaskovich's mother: Son hopes for early release

16:33, Politics

Yauhen Vaskovich's mother: Son hopes for early release

Yauhen Vaskovich, who was transferred from prison to correctional facility No. 15 in Mahilou at the end of last year, has meet with his mother for the first time in four years.

6.02.2015

Political prisoner Vaskovich meets with mother first time in four years 7

17:18, Politics

Political prisoner Vaskovich meets with mother first time in four years

Yahen Vaskovich was allowed to have a short-term visit for the first time in four years.

5.02.2015

Lithuanian Foreign Ministry: Sanctions against Belarusian authorities to be lifted if no political prisoners left 7

14:17, Politics

Lithuanian Foreign Ministry: Sanctions against Belarusian authorities to be lifted if no political prisoners left

Europe will lift its sanctions against Lukashenkas regime only after achieving a considerable progress in the sphere of human rights protection and after political prisoners released.

3.02.2015

Maryna Adamovich: But fot the EU pressure, there would be more political prisoners 9

9:56, Politics

Maryna Adamovich: But fot the EU pressure, there would be more political prisoners

The West must demand the release of all six political prisoners in Belarus.

2.02.2015

Mikalai Statkevich transferred to general unit in correctional facility

15:12, Politics

Mikalai Statkevich transferred to general unit in correctional facility

The political prisoner was transferred from the quarantine unit to the general unit in the Shklou correctional facility No. 17.

Political prisoner Alinevich incarcerated

13:38, Politics

Political prisoner Alinevich incarcerated

Ihar Alinevich is repeatedly incarcerated.

Yury Rubtsou stopped hunger strike and warning issued to him immediately

12:44, Politics

Yury Rubtsou stopped hunger strike and warning issued to him immediately

The political prisoner who is serving the sentence in the special facility #7 in the village of Kuplin of Pruzhany district, ended the hunger strike on February 1.

30.01.2015

Lukashenkas words about Statkevich made political prisoner laugh 28

16:05, Politics

Lukashenkas words about Statkevich made political prisoner laugh

The wife of the political prisoner, Maryna Adamovich, had a conversation with her husband over the phone.

29.01.2015

Maryna Adamovich: Statkevich is really sore subject for Lukashenka 13

17:14, Politics

Maryna Adamovich: Statkevich is really sore subject for Lukashenka

As long as the dictator has underlined so many times that Statkevich could not be a political competitor for him, it is most likely that in reality the situation is just the opposite.

27.01.2015

Vitsebsk residents raise money for political prisoner Vaskovich

13:59, Politics

Vitsebsk residents raise money for political prisoner Vaskovich

Yauhen Vaskovich, who serves a term of imprisonment in a correctional facility in Mahilou, has problems with health.

26.01.2015

Political prisoner Statkevich accused of avoiding community service

12:13, Politics

Political prisoner Statkevich accused of avoiding community service

The confinement regime for Mikalai Statkevich has not been changed.

23.01.2015

Correctional facility authorities ignored Rubtsous hunger strike 7

15:54, Politics

Correctional facility authorities ignored Rubtsous hunger strike

The political prisoner continues his hunger strike in the correctional labour facility #7 in the village of Kuplin.

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