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Human rights defenders recognize blogger Zmitser Kazlou political prisoner

02.07.2020 Source: Spring96.org

Blogger Zmitser Kzou (aka Gray Cat) charged under Article 342 Part 1 of the Criminal Code (organization or active participation in group actions grossly violating public order) was recognized political prisoner by the human rights community of Belarus.

Blogger Zmitser Kazlou (aka Gray Cat)

The human rights defenders based their decision on previously statements of the Belarusian human rights community of 1, 9 and 11 June  that recognized the defendants in "Tikhanouski's case" political prisoners.

The Belarusian human rights defenders demand to release Zmitser Kazlou immediately and to drop criminal charges against him.

Zmitser Kazlou   was arrested on June 10, together with activists of European Belarus Artsiom Charniak and Mikhail Bandarenka . The next day he was sentenced to 20 days in jail and was expected to be released on 30 June. But he continues to remain behind bars. The blogger was transferred to the pre-trial detention center on Volodarski street. .

At present 17 people already are in custody prosecuted under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code. These are bloggers Siarhei Tsikhanouski, Uladzimir Niaronski , Siarhei Piatrukhin , Alexander Kabanau , Uladzimir Tsyhanovich, Zmitser Kazlou, Ihar Losik ,   detained after the incident in Hrodna Zmitser Furmanau, Viarhili Ushak, Artsiom Sakau, Alexander Aranovich, Uladzimir Navumik, Vasil Babrouski, Yauhen Raznichenka, Uladzimir Kniha, Andrei Novikoфг , politician Mikola Statkevich . 15 of them are recognized as political prisoners.

Repressions against journalists in Belarus, 2020 (chart)

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