Over 500 political prisoners in Belarus. Five new names on the list

The Belarusian human rights community has recognized five other people behind bars as political prisoners.

In response to the new cases of convictions and detentions for defamation and insulting the state symbols of Belarus, human rights activists reaffirmed the 18th state, government agencies and symbols.

Accordingly, the following people are imprisoned for insulting the president, government officials (police officers), judges and insulting state symbols:

  • Herman Bykhau – in pre-trial detention in pre-trial detention on charges under Art. 130 of the Criminal Code (incitement to hatred against another social group, police officers);
  • Syarhei Bobashau – to two years of restricted freedom in an open correctional facility according to Art. 369 of the Criminal Code (insulting a government official); sent to serve the sentence;
  • Alyaksandr Ahraitovich – from the Zavodski District Court in Minsk to two years of restricted freedom in an open penal institution in accordance with Article 188 of the Criminal Code (defamation); sent to serve the sentence;
  • Dzmitry Babok – from the Babruysk District Court to one year imprisonment under Article 368 of the Criminal Code (insulting the President);
  • Yury Biruk – from the Maladzechna District Court to one and a half years imprisonment under Article 368 of the Criminal Code (insulting the President).

Eight Belarusian human rights guards have viewed their persecution and detention as politically motivated as they are related to the peaceful exercise of freedom of expression. The human rights activists are calling on the Belarusian authorities to immediately release all political prisoners, stop the prosecution against them and end the political repression against the citizens of the country.

To date there are 501 political prisoners in Belarus, reports the Viasna Human Rights Center.

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belsat.eu, after spring96.org

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