There are 1007 political prisoners in Belarus

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На русском языке: В Беларуси 1007 политзаключенных

The number of political prisoners in Belarus has exceeded 1000 people. According to Viasna human rights center, today there are 1007 of them in the country.

Human rights activists recognized 12 more people as political prisoners. They are Ruslan Sinchukou, Nikolai Berdnikau, Anatoli Vydrin, Dzmitry Tsib, Nikolai Belaazerau, Nikolai Kavaleuski, Nikita Paleonak, Andrei Korabau, Nikolai Vitikau, Oleg Kanavalau, Andrei Myshkavets and Artsyom Zhernak.

After the announcement of the election campaign in 2020, the number of political prisoners in Belarus began to grow. It all started with the arrests of activists, bloggers, potential presidential candidates. After the elections, protesters, businessmen, activists of headquarters, workers and others appeared among the detainees. They are all in detention facilities, because they were not afraid to exercise their rights – the right to participate in peaceful meetings, to express their opinions and to participate in a political life of the country.

Viasna Human Rights Center notes that most of these people came under politically motivated criminal prosecution due to the events, which took place during and after the campaign for the presidential elections in Belarus in 2020.

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