Political prisoners

At the start of April 2014, FIDH identified nine individuals as political prisoners in Belarus. In Belarusian prisons and penal colonies, these political prisoners suffer regular punishments that sharply exacerbate the already difficult conditions of their detention. International organisations, such as the European Union, have called upon Belarus to release all political prisoners and raised concerns about the violation of their rights. The freedom of 32 former political prisoners who were recently released, is also seriously restricted.

Please see the articles below on the situation of political prisoners in Belarus:

Inhuman treatment and threats to the lives of Belarusian political prisoners must stop

Paris-Minsk, 4 October 2011

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organisation in Belarus, Human Rights Center “Viasna”, strongly condemn the inhuman treatment of political prisoners in Belarusian prisons. Reliable sources indicate that psychological and physical pressure continues on political prisoners still in detention in Belarus, including death threats, unjustified transfers and appalling health care provision.

Death threats and unjustified transfers

Former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau, sentenced to 5 years imprisonment on 1 May 2011, has been subjected to constant psychological and physical pressure from Belarusian prison authorities...

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FIDH report on the restrictions to the political civil rights of citizens of Belarus after the 2010 presidential elections

FIDH presents its report on the restrictions to the political and civil rights of citizens of Belarus after the 2010 presidential elections at press conference in Minsk.

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12 July 2011

Today, in Minsk, FIDH representatives hold a press conference to present the fact-finding mission report on the situation in Belarus...

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