Jailed Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich appears at news conference, opposition queries authencity

Jailed Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich appeared at a news conference in Minsk on Monday saying he felt fine and had not been beaten, in what the opposition said was another public appearance made under duress. Protasevich sat alongside four officials, two of whom were in uniform, saying he had not been made to cooperate with… Read More Jailed Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich appears at news conference, opposition queries authencity

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya calls for international tribunal to probe President Alexander Lukashenko

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya called on Wednesday for an international tribunal to be set up to investigate what she called the “crimes” of President Alexander Lukashenko’s “dictatorship”. Lukashenko has kept a tight grip on Belarus since rising to power in 1994, and has cracked down on street protests that began last year over a… Read More Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya calls for international tribunal to probe President Alexander Lukashenko

Belarusian athlete Andrei Krauchanka stages hunger striker to support jailed compatriots

Decathlete Andrei Krauchanka says that seeing hundreds of people detained for their political views in his native Belarus has been as painful as competing with a torn Achilles tendon. To support those behind bars and aid their families, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist has started a 10-day hunger strike and is auctioning his gold medal… Read More Belarusian athlete Andrei Krauchanka stages hunger striker to support jailed compatriots

Belarus launches terrorism investigation into opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

The Belarus prosecutor’s office has opened a criminal case against opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on suspicion of preparing a terrorist act, the Belta news agency said on Monday, citing prosecutor general Andrei Shved. Tsikhanouskaya fled to neighbouring Lithuania shortly after a disputed August 9 election and called for President Alexander Lukashenko to leave power. Lukashenko,… Read More Belarus launches terrorism investigation into opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Belarusian security forces detain dozens as protesters mark ‘Freedom Day’ with new rallies

Belarusian security forces detained dozens of people on Thursday as protesters answered a call by opposition figures to ramp up demonstrations against veteran President Alexander Lukashenko to pressure him to resign. The rights group Viasna-96 (Spring-96) said at least 45 people had been detained while footage circulated by local media showed isolated incidents of protesters… Read More Belarusian security forces detain dozens as protesters mark ‘Freedom Day’ with new rallies

Belarusian court sentences journalist to six months imprisonment for role in protests coverage

A Belarusian court sentenced a journalist to six months in prison on Tuesday for divulging medical secrets, after she had contradicted official statements about the death of a protester who the authorities suggested was drunk at the time. Katerina Borisevich from the local news outlet TUT.BY had reported that there was no alcohol in the… Read More Belarusian court sentences journalist to six months imprisonment for role in protests coverage

Belarusian court sentences two journalists to two year imprisonment for filming protests

A Belarusian court sentenced two Belarusian journalists from Poland-based TV news channel Belsat to two years in prison on Thursday, after authorities arrested them for live filming protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. Katsiaryna Andreyeva, 27, and Darya Chultsova, 23, were detained in an apartment in November from where they had been filming protests taking place… Read More Belarusian court sentences two journalists to two year imprisonment for filming protests

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says constitutional reforms referendum to be held by end of 2021

Embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said constitutional reforms would be drawn up by the end of the year and then put to a national referendum, RIA news agency reported on Sunday. Belarus has been rocked by protests since an August 9 presidential election marred by voter fraud allegations. Lukashenko, in power since 1994, has rejected… Read More Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says constitutional reforms referendum to be held by end of 2021