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Political prisoner Alinevich isolated in prison


Ihar Alinevich hasn’t called or written letters for two weeks. According to his mother, Valiantsina Alinevich, he also cannot accept parcels with books in prison.

“I haven’t had telephone calls or letters from my son since the middle of August. They try to isolate him from communication with the rest of the world and even with his parents. I used to send him magazines and books. We have sent him literature recently, but the parcel returned back with the mark ‘Prohibited. Only subscription is allowed,’” the mother of the political prisoner said.

She noted that Ihar told her during their meeting in June that the new prison authorities had set new rules for all inmates of Navapolatsk correctional facility No. 10.

“Prison officers find new ways to mock people: they forbid parcels, communic...

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Political prisoner Aliaksandr Frantskevich released from jail


At 5.30 a.m. on 3 September the political prisoner Aliaksandr Frantskevich was released from the Ivatsevichy colony.

I was awoken at 5.00 a.m., earlier as usual – we get up at 6 a.m. All documents were filled in half an hour and at 5.30 a.m. I was let out of the prison gates. Most probably, it was done so that I wouldn’t have time to say goodbye to my prison friends,” told Mr. Frantskevich to Radio Svaboda.

The political prisoner told that he has felt pressurization all the time, but ordinary political prisoners were pressurized as well:

If you are strong, no matter for what reasons you are kept in jail, you will endure it”. Aliaksandr Frantskevich spent the last five months in a cell-type facility. He knows about what is going on by mail and letters...

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Ales Bialiatski allowed a short meeting with his wife and sister

The imprisoned leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski was visited today by his wife Natallia Pinchuk and sister Volha in the Babruisk-based penal colony No. 2.

The two-hour meeting was the first visit allowed to Ales Bialiatski’s relatives since December 2012.

According to Natallia Pinchuk, “Ales said he felt well and his mood was good, though his detention in the penal colony in Babruisk for two years cannot be called good.”

The human rights defender is still working on a sewing production line, reads a lot, knows much about the main events outside the prison from newspapers. During the meeting, he was interested in the lives of his relatives and friends, and other news.

On August 7, also after a long break, Ales Bialiatski was allowed to receive a food parc...

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Sacha Koulaeva: In Belarus, restrictions are placed on prisoners of conscience even after their release


Demonstrations of solidarity with civil society in Belarus have taken place all over the world. While citizens of many countries are able to express their position and show their solidarity with prisoners of conscience, it remains a sad fact that Belarusian citizens cannot do this. Sacha Koulaeva, head of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk at the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), believes that citizens of Europe are quite well-informed about the problems democratic society in Belarus is facing and about the situation with human rights in the country.

Sacha Koulaeva: This year demonstrations of solidarity have been taking place in a wide range of countries, particularly within Europe...

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Administration of Colony No 2 See No Reason to Abolish Penalties Imposed on Ales Bialiatski

The administration of the colony thinks that human rights defender Ales Bialiatski “had repeatedly violated the order of serving the sentence” and all penalties were issued to him “strictly in accordance with the Code of Criminal Procedures”.

The administration of the correctional colony No 2 in Babruisk replied to BAJ’s address sent on August 4. August 4 is the day when Ales Bialiatski was arrested in 2011; it’s been two years that he stays in prison for human rights activities. He was sentence to four and a half years’ imprisonment in high-security jail. However, the regime is stricter than it can be – for insignificant reasons...

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Prison censorship does not pass letters to political prisoner Mikalai Autukhovich

Not all the letters from freedom reach Mikalai Autukhovich in the prison number 1 in Hrodna.

He said that to a journalist from Bialynichy Barys Vyrvich, who received a letter from Mikalai Autukhovich on 24 July.

The political prisoner writes that if earlier he used to receive 90-95 letters on average a month, then in June he got only 40, although he knows that certain people did send him letters.

“This happens sometimes. I know what the reason is, but I will not write about it. I hope everything will be good again henceforth ”, – Mikalaji Autukhovich says.

In Barys Vyrvich’s opinion, the problem with the delivery of letters to political prisoners may be in some way linked to the solidarity action “Political prisoner’s week”.

“I am in regular correspondence with some Belarusian...

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Political prisoner Eduard Lobau has been allowed a long-term meeting with his family

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Eduard Lobau met with his mother and brother Vlad in penal colony No. 22 in Ivatsevichy. The visit lasted 3 days. Maryna Lobava says her son is fine, Radio Racyja reports.

She says the political prisoner sent his best wishes to everyone who remembers and supports him.

“Eduard thinks much about his future. He has served the larger part of his sentence. His 4-year sentence expires in 1 year and 7 months. It’s not a long term in comparison with what other political prisoners have,” Maryna Lobava says.

Eduard doesn’t want to talk about a possibility of applying for a pardon. “He doesn’t hope for early release and doesn’t believe it is possible. If they wanted, they would have released him long ago. What hinders them? Perhaps their vanity...

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Front Line Defenders condemns abuse of prison regulations against Ales Bialiatski


Belarus –  Abuse of prison regulations against imprisoned human rights defender Mr Ales Bialiatski

On 16 May 2013, the wife of human rights defender Mr Ales Bialiatski went to the Babruisk colony No.2, where her husband has been held since February 2012, in order to bring him a food parcel. However, the food parcel was refused by prison officials, who informed her that in March 2013 Ales Bialiatski’s right to receive food from visitors had been suspended for six months.

This incident is not the fist time that disciplinary measures have been used against Ales Bialiatski. Between March and June 2012, he received three reprimands, one of which resulted in the loss of visitation rights...

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No letters from political prisoner Vaskovich for second month

Political prisoner Yauheny Vaskovich remains isolated for the second month in prison No. 4 in Mahilou. has learnt it from Tamara Vaskovich, the grandmother of Yauheny Vaskovich, a jailed activist of the organising committee to found the Belarusian Christian Democracy party (BCD).

“The latest letter from him was delivered on March 29. He wrote he had begun to receive letters from more people, not only from close relatives. He also received a parcel from his family they had sent long ago,” the political prisoner’s grandmother said.

She stresses she has not had any news from Vaskovich since then.

“I have been waiting for his letters for the second month. As far as I know, other relatives have not received letters too. I don’t know what happened...

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