UN experts call for immediate release of jailed Nobel winner and other rights defenders in Belarus

GENEVA (10 October 2022) - UN experts* today reiterated calls for the release of Ales Bialiatski after the Nobel Committee’s decision to symbolically award him the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize for his fearless work promoting human rights in Belarus.


Police-affiliated Telegram channel published video of detained journalists Aliaksandr Lychauka and Sniazhana Inanets

The Svodki tsentra Telegram channel, affiliated with the law enforcers, published a video of detained journalists Aliaksandr Lychauka and Sniazhana Inanets.


Ales Bialiatski becomes Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Human rights activist and political prisoner Ales Bialiatski has won the Nobel Peace Prize. The prize was also awarded to the Russian human rights organization Memorial and the Ukrainian human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties.


CPJ condemns Belarus ‘witch hunt’ after three BelaPAN journalists sentenced to lengthy prison terms

Belarusian authorities must immediately release Andrei Aliaksandrau, Dzmitry Navazhylau, and Iryna Leushyna, three former and current employees of independent Belarusian news agency BelaPAN who were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 4 to 14 years on various charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.


BAJ statement: Verdicts in the “BelaPAN case” are revenge for professional activity and position

The Minsk Regional Court sentenced journalists of the oldest independent news agency BelaPAN to long terms of imprisonment.


Defendants in BelaPAN case sentenced to 4 to 14 years of prison

On 6 October, the Minsk Regional Court announced the sentences for the four defendants in the case of the BelaPAN independent news agency. Political prisoners will have to spend the next few years behind bars.


KGB puts political prisoner Andrei Pachobut on “terrorist list”

The State Security Committee of Belarus (KGB) has updated the list of organizations and individuals involved in terrorist activities. At present, there are 922 people on the list, including Andrei Pachobut, a journalist and leader of the Union of Poles in Belarus. He was added to the list on 4 October.


Ex-state media journalist Dzmitry Semchanka sentenced to 13 more days of arrest

On 3 October, the Frunzenski District Court of Minsk sentenced a former All-National TV political observer and former head of the “presidential pool” of journalists to another round of administrative arrest.


Top Belarusian and Ukrainian media use the Russian language a lot – can they abandon it?

Even amidst Russia’s invasion, the Russian language is difficult to abandon for Ukrainian media – and more so for Belarusian outlets


Journalist Ksenia Lutskina sentenced to 8 years in prison

Judge Tatsiana Falkouskaya passed the verdict today.