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05.07.2021

Sports journalist Ivulin facing criminal charge, placed in custody after expiry of jail term

Minsk, 3 July. Aliaksandr Ivulin, a sports journalist and soccer player who was handed a 30-day jail sentence in early June, has been declared a suspect in a criminal case, according to media reports.

05.07.2021

Fourteen organisations call for the immediate and unconditional Andrei Aliaksandrau

Index on Censorship and 13 other human rights, freedom of expression, media freedom, and journalists’ organisations unreservedly condemn the arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of human rights defender and journalist Andrei Aliaksandrau, who is now facing up to 15 years in prison on baseless charges of “treason to the state”.

05.07.2021

DW Akademie deeply concerned that trainer Andrei Aliaksandrau now faces up to 15 years in prison

DW Akademie is deeply concerned that its long-time trainer, Andrei Aliaksandrau, has been charged with high treason in Belarus and now faces up to 15 years in prison.

02.07.2021

Horrible testimony of political prisoner Dziadok in court: smothered with a pillow to give out passwords

on July 1, the Minsk city court continued to hear the case of Mikalai Dziadok. He is charged under three articles of the Criminal Code but pleads not guilty. Today Dziadok testified in court. Mikola Dziadok is an author in Novy Chas, blogger, and activist of the anarchist movement. Dziadok was detained on the night of November 11, 2020 by the officers of GUBOPiK (Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption) and Interior Ministry in a country house in the town of Sasnovy. The following charges were pressed against him: Article 342 of the Criminal Code — Organizing and preparing activities that breach public order or active participation in them;  Article 361 of the Criminal Code — calling to actions aimed at causing damage to the national security of Belarus;  and Article 295 of the Criminal Code — illegal actions in relation to firearms, ammunition and explosives

30.06.2021

Journalist Andrej Aliaksandraŭ charged with high treason

Minsk, 30 June. Detained journalist Andrej Aliaksandraŭ has been charged with high treason and may face up to 15 years in prison, his lawyer Anton Hašynski told BelaPAN.

25.06.2021

Roman Protasevich has moved to house arrest

A Belarusian dissident who was taken off a Ryanair jet forced to land in Minsk has been transferred to house arrest, his father has told the BBC.

24.06.2021

OSCE Media Freedom Representative warns of further serious restrictions on freedom of expression in recently adopted Belarusian laws

VIENNA, 24 June 2021 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Teresa Ribeiro, today stated that the recently adopted laws in Belarus seriously contradict international human rights standards on freedom of expression and freedom of the media, including the OSCE commitments of the country.

Translator Volha Kalatskaya suspected under Article 342, again 23.06.2021

Translator Volha Kalatskaya suspected under Article 342, again

The Investigative Committee reversed its decision to drop the charges under Article 342 "Organizing and preparing activities that breach public order or active participation in them" against translator Volha Kalatskaya. Ms. Kalatskaya will be prosecuted again. She is currently serving a two-year sentence of probation.

BAJ to undergo examination by Ministry of Justice Thousands of documents are to be presented in just 2 days 21.06.2021

BAJ to undergo examination by Ministry of Justice. Thousands of documents are to be presented in just 2 days

The Ministry of Justice has started a monitoring of the activities of the Belarusian Association of Journalists. The letter that BAJ received on Monday morning requires the NGO to present thousands of papers dated since January 1, 2018 to the Ministry's Non-profit organizations department. When we speak of thousands of documents, we really mean it.

17.06.2021

Political prisoner Andrzej Paczobut has covid, needs urgent hospital care

Political prisoner Andrzej Paczobut has got Covid-19 and needs to be urgently taken to hospital His wife Aksana says he also has heart problems. He used to often lose consciousness, and Aksana is really concerned about his health now, as there is no proper medical care in jail.