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February 28 - March 6

Weekly round up: more than 900 people were detained for protesting against the war and the referendum; significant violations of national law and the basic principles of fair and democratic elections were observed during the referendum; Belarus restricts access to Ukrainian media; for more than six months there have been no letters from a political prisoner and journalist, who was collecting evidence of Russia's aggression

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February 22 - February 27

Weekly round up: Russia launched a full-fledged war on Ukraine; Belarus was drawn into the war as an ally of the aggressor; a letter from 170 parliamentarians from 16 European countries demanding an end to the violations of prisoners’ rights; a political prisoner has been in a punishment cell for 48 days; over 800 Belarusians detained for protesting against the war in Ukraine; the Central Electoral Commission stated that 65% of those who voted were in favor of amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus

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February 14 - February 20

Weekly roundup: mass detentions and interrogations of political prisoners serving “khimiya” are underway, as well as searches and interrogations of their families; after a great resonance in the world and a meeting with the investigator, Vladimir Matskevich ended his hunger strike; Nikita Yemelyanov is constantly in the solitary and is on a hunger strike; groups of former special forces will guard electoral commissions during the referendum; Natalia Hershe was released

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February 07 - February 13

Weekly roundup: Vladimir Matskevich is on a hunger strike; police, riot police and internal troops will be guarding the voting stations during the referendum on Constitution; social networks of the human rights center Viasna were recognized as “extremist”; a retiree was sentenced to a penal colony for “harboring a feeling of hatred for the regime”; Sergey Vereshchagin was transferred to prison.

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January 31 - February 06

Weekly roundup: the persecution of Pavel Latushko's family continues; experts assessed preparations for the Referendum; a retiree faces 6 years in prison for a post about the migrants at the Belarusian borders; Vladimir Matskevich began a hunger strike; security forces drew swastikas on detainees; Republic of Belarus prosecutor's office opened a criminal case against a Polish judge; Aleksander Vasilevich was released.

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January 24 - January 30

Weekly roundup: according to the Prosecutor General's Office, more than 1,600 people were convicted in more than 1,200 cases of “extremism”; two more criminal cases were brought against the 64-year-old activist; instead of providing medical assistance, the political prisoner was placed in a punishment cell; expert assessment of the future referendum on the draft edition of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus; political prisoner received 3 years in prison for one comment on a social network

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January 17 - January 23

Weekly roundup: Vadim Gurman was placed in a solitary confinement cell for 5 months; the administration of colony No. 15 refuses to provide medical assistance to a political prisoner; relatives of Elena Movshuk, mother of many children, fear for her psychological state; Alexander Ivulin’s sentence was made public; the doctor, who provided assistance to victims of torture at Akrestsin detention centre, was tried.

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January 10 - January 16

Weekly roundup: a political prisoner living with a mental illness was denied pardon; 10 political prisoners will be tried for the events of 2016-2020; introduction of criminal liability for the collection of funds to help pay fines; Belarusian arrested for comment in support of protests in Kazakhstan

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January 03 - January 09

Weekly roundup: political prisoner Dmitriy Dudoits committed suicide; political prisoner and activist of “European Belarus” needs an urgent liver transplant; a political prisoner and mother of multiple children needs psychological help; Tatyana Baturo left Belarus and is now safe

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December 27 - January 02

Weekly roundup: a political prisoner was diagnosed with acute heart failure and went on medical strike; the growing trend of punishment of political prisoners - detention conditions are worsening; Russia extradites another Belarusian; the telegram channel of the Viasna human rights organization was recognized as extremist; year-end results

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December 20 - December 26

Weekly roundup: a criminal case was opened against Eduard Babariko; Sofia Sapega was charged under seven articles; new criminal liability for participation in liquidated organizations; anarchists received the longest sentences of any political prisoners

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December 13 - December 19

Weekly roundup: sentences issued in the “Tikhanovsky case” - up to 18 years in an enhanced regime penal colony; Nikolai Dedok is under pressure in prison; Eduard Babariko was not released after 18 months in a pre-trial detention center; blogger Eduard Palchis sentenced to 13 years in prison; Olga Klaskovskaya was sent for a psychiatric examination

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December 06 - December 12

Weekly roundup: Olga Gorbunova was tortured; the number of consecutive administrative arrests is increasing, while the conditions in the temporary detention centre are not suitable for prolonged stays; Marfa Rabkova does not receive medical help; Artem Boyarsky was sentenced to 5 years in an enhanced regime penal colony; the man was sentenced for declaring love to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

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November 29 - December 05

Weekly roundup: Tatyana Batura, who had been arrested after trying to attend Olga Zolotar's trial, was arrested again, she sleeps on the floor; Igor Povarov is tortured with cold in a cell type room; Olga Zolotar was sentenced to 4 years in a general regime penal colony; Members of European Parliament agree to use universal jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute crimes committed by the Belarusian regime.

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November 22-28

Weekly roundup: human rights activist Marfa Rabkova faces up to 20 years in prison under 11 articles of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, the prosecutor asked for maximum sentence for the defendants in the "Tikhanovsky case", Yuriy Kostyuk sentence was changed from “khimiya” to imprisonment, a man with Parkinson's disease and an implanted neurostimulator was beaten during arrest

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November 15-21

Weekly roundup: a young woman was detained and beaten at the District Internal Affairs Department for wanting to attend the trial of the political prisoner Olga Zolotar; mass detentions across the country continue; Olga Gorbunova has been on hunger strike since the day of her arrest; in Belarus 7 children are recognized as political prisoners on the World Children's Day.

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November 8-14

Weekly roundup: The UN recognized that the detention of Sergey Tikhanovsky was illegal, a well-known activist in the field of women's rights protection Olga Gorbunova was detained, political prisoners Anastasia Krupenich-Kondratyeva and Sergey Krupenich were released without explanation, the anniversary of the death of Roman Bondarenko, Maria Kolesnikova has been in solitary confinement for 8 months

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November 1-7

Weekly roundup: anti-COVID measures are used against political prisoners, 10 women went on hunger strike at Akrestsin detention centre, spouses Anastasia Krupenich-Kondratyeva and Sergei Krupenich were convicted for the 9th time in a row, proceedings against 6 representatives of the Belarusian special services for crimes against humanity will begin in Germany

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October 25-31

Weekly roundup: Politzek.me and 14 other civic initiatives announced the expansion of the list of political prisoners, Nikita Yemelyanov went on a hunger strike, lawyers for political prisoners are getting disbarred, Yuriy Prokhorenko suffers from panic attacks and has lost more than 35 kg in jail

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Joint statement of the Belarusian civil society on the political emergency in Belarus and the full number of political prisoners

In the context of ongoing political repressions, police violence and no access to justice in Belarus, up to this moment 188 people were not recognized as political prisoners on the basis of accusations of violence against individuals (against members of security forces) or property. We, together with 14 other organizations, declare that the people are political prisoners and that the current approach to determining the status of a political prisoner must be adjusted. This way, all victims of the regime can receive the necessary assistance, support and rehabilitation in the future.

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October 11-17

Weekly roundup: Woman dies from coronavirus after serving administrative arrest; lawyer of Sergey Tikhanovsky, Nikolay Dedok and Viktor Babariko was suspended from work; 99 days in Akrestsina detention centre for personal correspondence

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October 4-10

Weekly roundup: 79 people were recognized as political prisoners; more than 200 criminal cases were opened in connection with comments on the death of Andrey Zeltser; the accusation against Ales Bialiatski became public; former investigators who supported the protest are sentenced to several years in penal colony

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September 27 - October 3

Weekly roundup: Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs accused the UN of funding the protests; Natalia Hershe was transferred to a men's prison; more than 80 people were detained for commenting on the deaths of Zeltser and a KGB officer; the Supreme Court liquidated the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.

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September 20-26

Weekly roundup: Mass arrests of strike participants and members of the Rabochy Rukh (Workers Movement) group; the TV presenter is accused under the same article as Kalesnikova and Znak; Ukrainian citizen sentenced to 3 years in prison; Russian citizen sentenced to 1.5 years in prison for a tweet

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September 13-19

Weekly roundup: Olga Zolotar was charged with two more crimes, criminal investigation into the death of Roman Bondarenko was suspended, Marfa Rabkova's term of detention was extended for another 3 months, 9 years in an enhanced regime penal colony for the inscriptions and stencil of "Pagonya".

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September 6-12

Weekly roundup: sentencing terms announced for Maria Kalesnikava and Maxim Znak, vice-president of the European Parliament became a godmother to a political prisoner, reports on the conditions of detention of political prisoners and repressions against journalists, one more person living with mental health disability was convicted.

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August 30 - September 5

Weekly roundup: Egor Evstratov and Artyom Anischuk are under physical and mental pressure in the penal colony, at least 209 people were detained for political reasons in August, 5 years of “home khimiya” and compulsory psychiatric treatment for an acute reaction to stress caused by being held at a gunpoint and having people in balaclavas break car windows

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August 23-29

Weekly roundup: the Investigative Committee refused to initiate a criminal investigation into complaints that security forces are torturing protesters and subjecting them to unlawful and cruel treatment, political prisoner Ksenia Lutskina with a growing brain tumor does not receive medical care, a former bureaucrat and a security official sentenced to 3 years in prison for supporting the protest

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Belarus: Is death the only way to freedom?

In the short essay on 26 years-lasting political persecutions and political prisoners in Belarus, we encounter the question: is death the only way to freedom? The article was written in the middle of July 2021, following a number of death touches happened to currently politically persecuted Belarusians.

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August 16-22

Weekly roundup: anniversary of the biggest protest in Belarus history, a criminal case was opened against the girlfriend of the deceased Vitaly Shishov, prison sentence issued to Stepan Latypov, the number of convicted in the “round dances case” reached 108 people

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August 9-15

Weekly roundup: one year after the protests against results of the presidential election; mother with an infant sent to a penal colony; ex ambassador of Belarus to Slovakia detained; three people arrested for bringing flowers to the memorial of Aleksander Taraikovski, who was killed during the protests last year.

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August 2-8

Weekly roundup: the head of the Belarusian House in Ukraine (BHU) was found hanged, Maria Kalesnikava and Maxim Znak go on trial, Marfa Rabkova’s father died, more than 105 civil society organizations were closed as a result of crackdown.

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July 26 - August 1

Weekly headline: the continuation of the trial of Stepan Latypov and the attempt to forcibly take the athlete Timanovskaya out of the Tokyo Olympics

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July 19-25

Weekly roundup: sweeping closure of more than 50 NGOs, Aleksey Kudin was extradited, the accused in the case of “chat participants” were sentenced, relatives suspect violent cause of Vitold Ashurak's death.

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July 12-18

Weekly roundup: raids and detentions of human rights defenders, activists and journalists took place throughout the country; Nikita Zolotarev’s sentence was extended; verdict issued in the “student case”; care packages from Red Cross are not passed to political prisoners at the Okrestina detention centre.

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July 5-11

Weekly round up: Babariko receives a sentence, independent media under an unprecedented attack, UN special rapporteur on Belarus issues a report, prisoners are not receiving adequate medical help, administrator of group “Letters of solidarity” is arrested.

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June 28 - July 4

Weekly roundup: Prisoners are experiencing serious health problems, sentences issued to anti-fascists and a young mother who terminated a rental contract with the prosecutor.

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June 21-27

Week headlines: switching Roman Protasevich and Sophia Sapega to house arrest, replacement of "khimia" charge with a colony and a request for 15 years in prison for Viktor Babaryka.

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June 14-20

Weekly headlines: recalculation of the terms of detention (downward), deprivation of the disability group for a prisoner with oncology, extension of the detention for human rights activist Marfa Rabkova.

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June 7-13

Week headlines: 5+ years in a strict regime colony for the volunteers of Babariko's headquarters and the unyielding Polina Sharenda-Panasyuk in court.

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May 31 - June 6

Week headlines: the act of self-violence by Stepan Latypov, the deportation of members of the Union of Poles and 26 new political prisoners.

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May 24-30

Week headlines: 49 new political prisoners and the release of Natalia Raentova at the end of her term.

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May 17-23

Week headlines: the attack on TUT.BY, the death of Vitold Ashurok, the hijacking of the plane and Roman Protasevich.

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May 10-16

Week headlines: the beginning of the "student case" trial and 18 years of prison for the former captain of the General Staff.

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