Pavel Sapelka: Torture is often a hidden problem in Belarus

Pavel Sapelka: Torture is often a hidden problem in Belarus

In 1997, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. On this day, international and national human rights organizations remind once again that “no exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.”

Political prisoner Mikalai Dziadok sentenced to one more year in prison

Political prisoner Mikalai Dziadok sentenced to one more year in prison

Political prisoner Mikalai Dziadok has been sentenced to one more year of imprisonment as a result of a trial that ended yesterday in a prison in Mahiliou. He was accused of violating prison rules under Article 411 of the Criminal Code. As a result, Mikalai Dziadok will have to spend one year and three more days in penal colony.

Political prisoners in 2014: 11 – 6 + 1

At the beginning of 2014 the colonies and prisons of Belarus held 11 prisoners, which human rights activists and opposition said were political prisoners. How has the situation changed by the end of the year?

Siarhei Kavalenka arrested for 10 days

Siarhei Kavalenka arrested for 10 days

The Vitsebsk opposition activist spent three days before the trial in the detention center, having declared a hunger strike. He was taken into custody on December 24 – the day when a white-red-white flag appeared in Vitsebsk. Siarhei Kavalenka was brought to the courtroom in handcuffs, which particularly angered his relatives and human rights defenders.

Political prisoner Eduard Lobau released

Political prisoner Eduard Lobau released

Political prisoner Eduard Lobau has been released from penal colony No. 22 in Ivatsevichy. He was met by his family and associates at about 8 a.m. this morning.

According to Eduard Lobau, he was offered three times to write a petition for clemency back in 2011, but he refused. Since then the issue has not been mentioned by the prison authorities.