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News – belsat.eu, Minsk: Four men accused of hacking city authorities’ computers systems get hefty sentences, on January 28, 2022 9:03 AM at 9:03 AM

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On January 28, Zavodski district court of Minsk passed guilty verdicts in the case of four citizens who stood trial for the hacking of the computer systems of Minsk city executive committee. The four defendants have been behind bars for 18 months.

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At the very beginning of the hearing, judge Zhanna Khvoynitskaya ordered the trial be held behind closed doors, as the case file allegedly contained ‘highly sensitive information’.

Kim Samusenka, Alyaksei Samusenka, Pavel Drozd, Ivan Andrushoyts were charged under six articles of the Criminal Code:

  • ‘active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order’(Part 1 of Art. 342);
  • ‘damage property in public places’ (Art. 341);
  • ‘preparing for participating in mass riots’ (Art. 13 and Part 2 of Art. 293);
  • ‘modification of computer information’ (Art. 350 );
  • ‘illegal possession of computer information’ (Art. 352);
  • ‘using malicious software”(Art. 354)

Minsker to be tried for publishing personal data of over 600 prosecutors, officials

According to the autjorities’ version, when being on the technical floor of the building on Prytytski Street in Minsk in November 2020, ‘made unauthorised access to information stored in the computer network of Minsk City Executive Committee with the help of computer equipment’. The man allegedly seized recordings of video surveillance cameras installed in the capital city and published them on Internet resources.

In addition, the prosecution side claims that the defendant gained access to computer systems of Minsk City Executive Committee, which led to the disruption of the work of enterprises and government agencies; they copied and deleted files of various formats and inserted false information in advance instead, they say.

As a result, brothers Kim and Alyaksei Samusenka have been sentenced to 6.5 and 4 years in prison, respectively. Pavel Drozd and Ivan Andrushoyts have got 3.5 years of imprisonment each.

Cyber activists leak conversation where police chiefs tell judges how to punish protesters

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, On January 28, Zavodski district court of Minsk passed guilty verdicts in the case of four citizens who stood trial for the hacking of the computer system of Minsk city executive committee. The four defendants have been behind bars for 18 months.

News – belsat.eu, Minsk: Four men accused of hacking city authorities’ computers systems get hefty sentences, on January 28, 2022 9:03 AM at 9:03 AM

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On January 28, Zavodski district court of Minsk passed guilty verdicts in the case of four citizens who stood trial for the hacking of the computer systems of Minsk city executive committee. The four defendants have been behind bars for 18 months.

Collage: spring96.org

At the very beginning of the hearing, judge Zhanna Khvoynitskaya ordered the trial be held behind closed doors, as the case file allegedly contained ‘highly sensitive information’.

Kim Samusenka, Alyaksei Samusenka, Pavel Drozd, Ivan Andrushoyts were charged under six articles of the Criminal Code:

  • ‘active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order’(Part 1 of Art. 342);
  • ‘damage property in public places’ (Art. 341);
  • ‘preparing for participating in mass riots’ (Art. 13 and Part 2 of Art. 293);
  • ‘modification of computer information’ (Art. 350 );
  • ‘illegal possession of computer information’ (Art. 352);
  • ‘using malicious software”(Art. 354)

Minsker to be tried for publishing personal data of over 600 prosecutors, officials

According to the autjorities’ version, when being on the technical floor of the building on Prytytski Street in Minsk in November 2020, ‘made unauthorised access to information stored in the computer network of Minsk City Executive Committee with the help of computer equipment’. The man allegedly seized recordings of video surveillance cameras installed in the capital city and published them on Internet resources.

In addition, the prosecution side claims that the defendant gained access to computer systems of Minsk City Executive Committee, which led to the disruption of the work of enterprises and government agencies; they copied and deleted files of various formats and inserted false information in advance instead, they say.

As a result, brothers Kim and Alyaksei Samusenka have been sentenced to 6.5 and 4 years in prison, respectively. Pavel Drozd and Ivan Andrushoyts have got 3.5 years of imprisonment each.

Cyber activists leak conversation where police chiefs tell judges how to punish protesters

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, On January 28, Zavodski district court of Minsk passed guilty verdicts in the case of four citizens who stood trial for the hacking of the computer system of Minsk city executive committee. The four defendants have been behind bars for 18 months.

News – belsat.eu, Minsk: Four men accused of hacking city authorities’ computers systems get hefty sentences, on January 28, 2022 9:03 AM at 9:03 AM

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On January 28, Zavodski district court of Minsk passed guilty verdicts in the case of four citizens who stood trial for the hacking of the computer systems of Minsk city executive committee. The four defendants have been behind bars for 18 months.

Collage: spring96.org

At the very beginning of the hearing, judge Zhanna Khvoynitskaya ordered the trial be held behind closed doors, as the case file allegedly contained ‘highly sensitive information’.

Kim Samusenka, Alyaksei Samusenka, Pavel Drozd, Ivan Andrushoyts were charged under six articles of the Criminal Code:

  • ‘active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order’(Part 1 of Art. 342);
  • ‘damage property in public places’ (Art. 341);
  • ‘preparing for participating in mass riots’ (Art. 13 and Part 2 of Art. 293);
  • ‘modification of computer information’ (Art. 350 );
  • ‘illegal possession of computer information’ (Art. 352);
  • ‘using malicious software”(Art. 354)

Minsker to be tried for publishing personal data of over 600 prosecutors, officials

According to the autjorities’ version, when being on the technical floor of the building on Prytytski Street in Minsk in November 2020, ‘made unauthorised access to information stored in the computer network of Minsk City Executive Committee with the help of computer equipment’. The man allegedly seized recordings of video surveillance cameras installed in the capital city and published them on Internet resources.

In addition, the prosecution side claims that the defendant gained access to computer systems of Minsk City Executive Committee, which led to the disruption of the work of enterprises and government agencies; they copied and deleted files of various formats and inserted false information in advance instead, they say.

As a result, brothers Kim and Alyaksei Samusenka have been sentenced to 6.5 and 4 years in prison, respectively. Pavel Drozd and Ivan Andrushoyts have got 3.5 years of imprisonment each.

Cyber activists leak conversation where police chiefs tell judges how to punish protesters

belsat.eu

, On January 28, Zavodski district court of Minsk passed guilty verdicts in the case of four citizens who stood trial for the hacking of the computer system of Minsk city executive committee. The four defendants have been behind bars for 18 months.

News – belsat.eu, Minsk: Four men accused of hacking city authorities’ computers systems get hefty sentences, on January 28, 2022 9:03 AM at 9:03 AM

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On January 28, Zavodski district court of Minsk passed guilty verdicts in the case of four citizens who stood trial for the hacking of the computer systems of Minsk city executive committee. The four defendants have been behind bars for 18 months.

Collage: spring96.org

At the very beginning of the hearing, judge Zhanna Khvoynitskaya ordered the trial be held behind closed doors, as the case file allegedly contained ‘highly sensitive information’.

Kim Samusenka, Alyaksei Samusenka, Pavel Drozd, Ivan Andrushoyts were charged under six articles of the Criminal Code:

  • ‘active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order’(Part 1 of Art. 342);
  • ‘damage property in public places’ (Art. 341);
  • ‘preparing for participating in mass riots’ (Art. 13 and Part 2 of Art. 293);
  • ‘modification of computer information’ (Art. 350 );
  • ‘illegal possession of computer information’ (Art. 352);
  • ‘using malicious software”(Art. 354)

Minsker to be tried for publishing personal data of over 600 prosecutors, officials

According to the autjorities’ version, when being on the technical floor of the building on Prytytski Street in Minsk in November 2020, ‘made unauthorised access to information stored in the computer network of Minsk City Executive Committee with the help of computer equipment’. The man allegedly seized recordings of video surveillance cameras installed in the capital city and published them on Internet resources.

In addition, the prosecution side claims that the defendant gained access to computer systems of Minsk City Executive Committee, which led to the disruption of the work of enterprises and government agencies; they copied and deleted files of various formats and inserted false information in advance instead, they say.

As a result, brothers Kim and Alyaksei Samusenka have been sentenced to 6.5 and 4 years in prison, respectively. Pavel Drozd and Ivan Andrushoyts have got 3.5 years of imprisonment each.

Cyber activists leak conversation where police chiefs tell judges how to punish protesters

belsat.eu

, On January 28, Zavodski district court of Minsk passed guilty verdicts in the case of four citizens who stood trial for the hacking of the computer system of Minsk city executive committee. The four defendants have been behind bars for 18 months.

News – belsat.eu, Minsk: Four men accused of hacking city authorities’ computers systems get hefty sentences, on January 28, 2022 9:03 AM at 9:03 AM

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On January 28, Zavodski district court of Minsk passed guilty verdicts in the case of four citizens who stood trial for the hacking of the computer systems of Minsk city executive committee. The four defendants have been behind bars for 18 months.

Collage: spring96.org

At the very beginning of the hearing, judge Zhanna Khvoynitskaya ordered the trial be held behind closed doors, as the case file allegedly contained ‘highly sensitive information’.

Kim Samusenka, Alyaksei Samusenka, Pavel Drozd, Ivan Andrushoyts were charged under six articles of the Criminal Code:

  • ‘active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order’(Part 1 of Art. 342);
  • ‘damage property in public places’ (Art. 341);
  • ‘preparing for participating in mass riots’ (Art. 13 and Part 2 of Art. 293);
  • ‘modification of computer information’ (Art. 350 );
  • ‘illegal possession of computer information’ (Art. 352);
  • ‘using malicious software”(Art. 354)

Minsker to be tried for publishing personal data of over 600 prosecutors, officials

According to the autjorities’ version, when being on the technical floor of the building on Prytytski Street in Minsk in November 2020, ‘made unauthorised access to information stored in the computer network of Minsk City Executive Committee with the help of computer equipment’. The man allegedly seized recordings of video surveillance cameras installed in the capital city and published them on Internet resources.

In addition, the prosecution side claims that the defendant gained access to computer systems of Minsk City Executive Committee, which led to the disruption of the work of enterprises and government agencies; they copied and deleted files of various formats and inserted false information in advance instead, they say.

As a result, brothers Kim and Alyaksei Samusenka have been sentenced to 6.5 and 4 years in prison, respectively. Pavel Drozd and Ivan Andrushoyts have got 3.5 years of imprisonment each.

Cyber activists leak conversation where police chiefs tell judges how to punish protesters

belsat.eu

, On January 28, Zavodski district court of Minsk passed guilty verdicts in the case of four citizens who stood trial for the hacking of the computer system of Minsk city executive committee. The four defendants have been behind bars for 18 months.

The Independent World, Belarus leader tells opposition leaders: ‘Repent and kneel’, on January 28, 2022 8:45 AM at 8:45 AM

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Belarus’ authoritarian leader has advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him, Belarus’ authoritarian leader has advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him

The Independent World, Belarus leader tells opposition leaders: ‘Repent and kneel’, on January 28, 2022 8:45 AM at 8:45 AM

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Belarus’ authoritarian leader has advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him, Belarus’ authoritarian leader has advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him

The Independent World, Belarus leader tells opposition leaders: ‘Repent and kneel’, on January 28, 2022 8:45 AM at 8:45 AM

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Belarus’ authoritarian leader has advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him, Belarus’ authoritarian leader has advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him

The Independent World, Belarus leader tells opposition leaders: ‘Repent and kneel’, on January 28, 2022 8:45 AM at 8:45 AM

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Belarus’ authoritarian leader has advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him, Belarus’ authoritarian leader has advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him

The Independent World, Belarus leader tells opposition leaders: ‘Repent and kneel’, on January 28, 2022 8:45 AM at 8:45 AM

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Belarus’ authoritarian leader has advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him, Belarus’ authoritarian leader has advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him

The Independent World, Belarus leader tells opposition leaders: ‘Repent and kneel’, on January 28, 2022 8:45 AM at 8:45 AM

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Belarus’ authoritarian leader has advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him, Belarus’ authoritarian leader has advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him

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This way the authorities of the Polish capital want to support the Belarusians, fighting for their freedom., This way the authorities of the Polish capital want to support the Belarusians, fighting for their freedom.

News – belsat.eu, Tire manufacturer Goodyear stops cooperation with Belarusian partner, on January 28, 2022 7:47 AM at 7:47 AM

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Pirelli, Yokohama, Scandia Steel, and others have also stopped cooperating with the Belarusian metallurgical plant.

Sample photo. Wheels with Goodyear tires. Photo: pixnio.com, CC0

The Union of Belarusians of Great Britain (PUBB) has published on Twitter the response of the American company Goodyear to a question about cooperation with the BMZ, which has fallen under U.S. sanctions.

Goodyear’s communications manager assured that the company and its affiliates regularly evaluate their suppliers and adjust supplies. The relationship with BMZ was terminated after 2021.

Previously, the Japanese Yokohama Group, Swedish Scandia Steel, and Italy’s Pirelli Group refused to cooperate with BMZ. Several foreign companies are refusing to collaborate with other sanctioned Belarusian enterprises and buy advertising on state television in Belarus.

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, It claims that the company and all its branches regularly evaluate their suppliers

News – belsat.eu, Tire manufacturer Goodyear stops cooperation with Belarusian partner, on January 28, 2022 7:47 AM at 7:47 AM

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Pirelli, Yokohama, Scandia Steel, and others have also stopped cooperating with the Belarusian metallurgical plant.

Sample photo. Wheels with Goodyear tires. Photo: pixnio.com, CC0

The Union of Belarusians of Great Britain (PUBB) has published on Twitter the response of the American company Goodyear to a question about cooperation with the BMZ, which has fallen under U.S. sanctions.

Goodyear’s communications manager assured that the company and its affiliates regularly evaluate their suppliers and adjust supplies. The relationship with BMZ was terminated after 2021.

Previously, the Japanese Yokohama Group, Swedish Scandia Steel, and Italy’s Pirelli Group refused to cooperate with BMZ. Several foreign companies are refusing to collaborate with other sanctioned Belarusian enterprises and buy advertising on state television in Belarus.

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, It claims that the company and all its branches regularly evaluate their suppliers

News – belsat.eu, US mission to OSCE about Lukashenka’s referendum: ‘International community holds no illusions’, on January 27, 2022 2:11 PM at 2:11 PM

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On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

Michael Carpenter. Source: VOA News / YouTube

The referendum on adopting amendments to the Constitution of Belarus is scheduled for February 27. The Belarusian democratic forces stress that Alyaksandr Lukashenka had no right to announce a referendum because he was illegitimate. The document provides for the transfer of huge powers to the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly and should provide Lukashenka with personal security guarantees in case he decides to step down as president.

“Let me make plain, however, the international community holds no illusions that the constitutional referendum can resolve the political crisis resulting from the 2020 fraudulent presidential election. Virtually all independent voices are being silenced, over 1,000 political prisoners remain behind bars, civil society organizations and independent media continue to be forcibly closed under alleged ‘extremism’ charges, and tens of thousands of Belarusian citizens have been driven into exile,” Carpenter said.

According to him, it is not possible to regard ‘a hastily proposed set of revisions to the constitution’ as a serious effort at much needed democratic progress and reform in light of the recent developments in Belarus. This constitutional reform process has failed to include people’s voices, the envoy warns. Due to the ongoing crackdown, independent human rights organisations under constant risk of severe reprisal will be largely unable to organize observation of the referendum, he believes.

Referendum on Constitution to take place on Feb 27. Opposition calls for ‘vote of no confidence towards Lukashenka regime’

Moreover, the US side is concerned about the lack of genuine public consultation and discussion on key elements of the revisions, including term limits for the presidency to be enacted only after Alyaksandr Lukashenka leaves office, and a proposed change to Belarus’s non-nuclear status and political neutrality.

“We call on the Belarusian authorities to unconditionally and without delay release all political prisoners and to end their campaign of repression. We further call on the Belarusian authorities to implement the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Moscow Mechanism and take meaningful action to address the concerns raised under the Vienna Mechanism. Belarusian authorities should promptly enter into a facilitated, comprehensive, and genuine national dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society, leading to new free and fair presidential elections under international observation, and taking into account ODIHR recommendations,” the statement reads.

The steps will set Belarus on the path to resolving the political crisis and respond to the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people, as a non-transparent referendum is neither a viable – nor a credible – path forward for Belarus, Michael Carpenter added.

Lukashenka can be both President and National Assembly chair, official says

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, On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

News – belsat.eu, US mission to OSCE about Lukashenka’s referendum: ‘International community holds no illusions’, on January 27, 2022 2:11 PM at 2:11 PM

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On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

Michael Carpenter. Source: VOA News / YouTube

The referendum on adopting amendments to the Constitution of Belarus is scheduled for February 27. The Belarusian democratic forces stress that Alyaksandr Lukashenka had no right to announce a referendum because he was illegitimate. The document provides for the transfer of huge powers to the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly and should provide Lukashenka with personal security guarantees in case he decides to step down as president.

“Let me make plain, however, the international community holds no illusions that the constitutional referendum can resolve the political crisis resulting from the 2020 fraudulent presidential election. Virtually all independent voices are being silenced, over 1,000 political prisoners remain behind bars, civil society organizations and independent media continue to be forcibly closed under alleged ‘extremism’ charges, and tens of thousands of Belarusian citizens have been driven into exile,” Carpenter said.

According to him, it is not possible to regard ‘a hastily proposed set of revisions to the constitution’ as a serious effort at much needed democratic progress and reform in light of the recent developments in Belarus. This constitutional reform process has failed to include people’s voices, the envoy warns. Due to the ongoing crackdown, independent human rights organisations under constant risk of severe reprisal will be largely unable to organize observation of the referendum, he believes.

Referendum on Constitution to take place on Feb 27. Opposition calls for ‘vote of no confidence towards Lukashenka regime’

Moreover, the US side is concerned about the lack of genuine public consultation and discussion on key elements of the revisions, including term limits for the presidency to be enacted only after Alyaksandr Lukashenka leaves office, and a proposed change to Belarus’s non-nuclear status and political neutrality.

“We call on the Belarusian authorities to unconditionally and without delay release all political prisoners and to end their campaign of repression. We further call on the Belarusian authorities to implement the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Moscow Mechanism and take meaningful action to address the concerns raised under the Vienna Mechanism. Belarusian authorities should promptly enter into a facilitated, comprehensive, and genuine national dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society, leading to new free and fair presidential elections under international observation, and taking into account ODIHR recommendations,” the statement reads.

The steps will set Belarus on the path to resolving the political crisis and respond to the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people, as a non-transparent referendum is neither a viable – nor a credible – path forward for Belarus, Michael Carpenter added.

Lukashenka can be both President and National Assembly chair, official says

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, On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

News – belsat.eu, US mission to OSCE about Lukashenka’s referendum: ‘International community holds no illusions’, on January 27, 2022 2:11 PM at 2:11 PM

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On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

Michael Carpenter. Source: VOA News / YouTube

The referendum on adopting amendments to the Constitution of Belarus is scheduled for February 27. The Belarusian democratic forces stress that Alyaksandr Lukashenka had no right to announce a referendum because he was illegitimate. The document provides for the transfer of huge powers to the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly and should provide Lukashenka with personal security guarantees in case he decides to step down as president.

“Let me make plain, however, the international community holds no illusions that the constitutional referendum can resolve the political crisis resulting from the 2020 fraudulent presidential election. Virtually all independent voices are being silenced, over 1,000 political prisoners remain behind bars, civil society organizations and independent media continue to be forcibly closed under alleged ‘extremism’ charges, and tens of thousands of Belarusian citizens have been driven into exile,” Carpenter said.

According to him, it is not possible to regard ‘a hastily proposed set of revisions to the constitution’ as a serious effort at much needed democratic progress and reform in light of the recent developments in Belarus. This constitutional reform process has failed to include people’s voices, the envoy warns. Due to the ongoing crackdown, independent human rights organisations under constant risk of severe reprisal will be largely unable to organize observation of the referendum, he believes.

Referendum on Constitution to take place on Feb 27. Opposition calls for ‘vote of no confidence towards Lukashenka regime’

Moreover, the US side is concerned about the lack of genuine public consultation and discussion on key elements of the revisions, including term limits for the presidency to be enacted only after Alyaksandr Lukashenka leaves office, and a proposed change to Belarus’s non-nuclear status and political neutrality.

“We call on the Belarusian authorities to unconditionally and without delay release all political prisoners and to end their campaign of repression. We further call on the Belarusian authorities to implement the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Moscow Mechanism and take meaningful action to address the concerns raised under the Vienna Mechanism. Belarusian authorities should promptly enter into a facilitated, comprehensive, and genuine national dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society, leading to new free and fair presidential elections under international observation, and taking into account ODIHR recommendations,” the statement reads.

The steps will set Belarus on the path to resolving the political crisis and respond to the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people, as a non-transparent referendum is neither a viable – nor a credible – path forward for Belarus, Michael Carpenter added.

Lukashenka can be both President and National Assembly chair, official says

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, On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

News – belsat.eu, US mission to OSCE about Lukashenka’s referendum: ‘International community holds no illusions’, on January 27, 2022 2:11 PM at 2:11 PM

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On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

Michael Carpenter. Source: VOA News / YouTube

The referendum on adopting amendments to the Constitution of Belarus is scheduled for February 27. The Belarusian democratic forces stress that Alyaksandr Lukashenka had no right to announce a referendum because he was illegitimate. The document provides for the transfer of huge powers to the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly and should provide Lukashenka with personal security guarantees in case he decides to step down as president.

“Let me make plain, however, the international community holds no illusions that the constitutional referendum can resolve the political crisis resulting from the 2020 fraudulent presidential election. Virtually all independent voices are being silenced, over 1,000 political prisoners remain behind bars, civil society organizations and independent media continue to be forcibly closed under alleged ‘extremism’ charges, and tens of thousands of Belarusian citizens have been driven into exile,” Carpenter said.

According to him, it is not possible to regard ‘a hastily proposed set of revisions to the constitution’ as a serious effort at much needed democratic progress and reform in light of the recent developments in Belarus. This constitutional reform process has failed to include people’s voices, the envoy warns. Due to the ongoing crackdown, independent human rights organisations under constant risk of severe reprisal will be largely unable to organize observation of the referendum, he believes.

Referendum on Constitution to take place on Feb 27. Opposition calls for ‘vote of no confidence towards Lukashenka regime’

Moreover, the US side is concerned about the lack of genuine public consultation and discussion on key elements of the revisions, including term limits for the presidency to be enacted only after Alyaksandr Lukashenka leaves office, and a proposed change to Belarus’s non-nuclear status and political neutrality.

“We call on the Belarusian authorities to unconditionally and without delay release all political prisoners and to end their campaign of repression. We further call on the Belarusian authorities to implement the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Moscow Mechanism and take meaningful action to address the concerns raised under the Vienna Mechanism. Belarusian authorities should promptly enter into a facilitated, comprehensive, and genuine national dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society, leading to new free and fair presidential elections under international observation, and taking into account ODIHR recommendations,” the statement reads.

The steps will set Belarus on the path to resolving the political crisis and respond to the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people, as a non-transparent referendum is neither a viable – nor a credible – path forward for Belarus, Michael Carpenter added.

Lukashenka can be both President and National Assembly chair, official says

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, On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

News – belsat.eu, US mission to OSCE about Lukashenka’s referendum: ‘International community holds no illusions’, on January 27, 2022 2:11 PM at 2:11 PM

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On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

Michael Carpenter. Source: VOA News / YouTube

The referendum on adopting amendments to the Constitution of Belarus is scheduled for February 27. The Belarusian democratic forces stress that Alyaksandr Lukashenka had no right to announce a referendum because he was illegitimate. The document provides for the transfer of huge powers to the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly and should provide Lukashenka with personal security guarantees in case he decides to step down as president.

“Let me make plain, however, the international community holds no illusions that the constitutional referendum can resolve the political crisis resulting from the 2020 fraudulent presidential election. Virtually all independent voices are being silenced, over 1,000 political prisoners remain behind bars, civil society organizations and independent media continue to be forcibly closed under alleged ‘extremism’ charges, and tens of thousands of Belarusian citizens have been driven into exile,” Carpenter said.

According to him, it is not possible to regard ‘a hastily proposed set of revisions to the constitution’ as a serious effort at much needed democratic progress and reform in light of the recent developments in Belarus. This constitutional reform process has failed to include people’s voices, the envoy warns. Due to the ongoing crackdown, independent human rights organisations under constant risk of severe reprisal will be largely unable to organize observation of the referendum, he believes.

Referendum on Constitution to take place on Feb 27. Opposition calls for ‘vote of no confidence towards Lukashenka regime’

Moreover, the US side is concerned about the lack of genuine public consultation and discussion on key elements of the revisions, including term limits for the presidency to be enacted only after Alyaksandr Lukashenka leaves office, and a proposed change to Belarus’s non-nuclear status and political neutrality.

“We call on the Belarusian authorities to unconditionally and without delay release all political prisoners and to end their campaign of repression. We further call on the Belarusian authorities to implement the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Moscow Mechanism and take meaningful action to address the concerns raised under the Vienna Mechanism. Belarusian authorities should promptly enter into a facilitated, comprehensive, and genuine national dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society, leading to new free and fair presidential elections under international observation, and taking into account ODIHR recommendations,” the statement reads.

The steps will set Belarus on the path to resolving the political crisis and respond to the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people, as a non-transparent referendum is neither a viable – nor a credible – path forward for Belarus, Michael Carpenter added.

Lukashenka can be both President and National Assembly chair, official says

belsat.eu

, On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

News – belsat.eu, US mission to OSCE about Lukashenka’s referendum: ‘International community holds no illusions’, on January 27, 2022 2:11 PM at 2:11 PM

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On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

Michael Carpenter. Source: VOA News / YouTube

The referendum on adopting amendments to the Constitution of Belarus is scheduled for February 27. The Belarusian democratic forces stress that Alyaksandr Lukashenka had no right to announce a referendum because he was illegitimate. The document provides for the transfer of huge powers to the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly and should provide Lukashenka with personal security guarantees in case he decides to step down as president.

“Let me make plain, however, the international community holds no illusions that the constitutional referendum can resolve the political crisis resulting from the 2020 fraudulent presidential election. Virtually all independent voices are being silenced, over 1,000 political prisoners remain behind bars, civil society organizations and independent media continue to be forcibly closed under alleged ‘extremism’ charges, and tens of thousands of Belarusian citizens have been driven into exile,” Carpenter said.

According to him, it is not possible to regard ‘a hastily proposed set of revisions to the constitution’ as a serious effort at much needed democratic progress and reform in light of the recent developments in Belarus. This constitutional reform process has failed to include people’s voices, the envoy warns. Due to the ongoing crackdown, independent human rights organisations under constant risk of severe reprisal will be largely unable to organize observation of the referendum, he believes.

Referendum on Constitution to take place on Feb 27. Opposition calls for ‘vote of no confidence towards Lukashenka regime’

Moreover, the US side is concerned about the lack of genuine public consultation and discussion on key elements of the revisions, including term limits for the presidency to be enacted only after Alyaksandr Lukashenka leaves office, and a proposed change to Belarus’s non-nuclear status and political neutrality.

“We call on the Belarusian authorities to unconditionally and without delay release all political prisoners and to end their campaign of repression. We further call on the Belarusian authorities to implement the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Moscow Mechanism and take meaningful action to address the concerns raised under the Vienna Mechanism. Belarusian authorities should promptly enter into a facilitated, comprehensive, and genuine national dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society, leading to new free and fair presidential elections under international observation, and taking into account ODIHR recommendations,” the statement reads.

The steps will set Belarus on the path to resolving the political crisis and respond to the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people, as a non-transparent referendum is neither a viable – nor a credible – path forward for Belarus, Michael Carpenter added.

Lukashenka can be both President and National Assembly chair, official says

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, On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

News – belsat.eu, US mission to OSCE about Lukashenka’s referendum: ‘International community holds no illusions’, on January 27, 2022 2:11 PM at 2:11 PM

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On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

Michael Carpenter. Source: VOA News / YouTube

The referendum on adopting amendments to the Constitution of Belarus is scheduled for February 27. The Belarusian democratic forces stress that Alyaksandr Lukashenka had no right to announce a referendum because he was illegitimate. The document provides for the transfer of huge powers to the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly and should provide Lukashenka with personal security guarantees in case he decides to step down as president.

“Let me make plain, however, the international community holds no illusions that the constitutional referendum can resolve the political crisis resulting from the 2020 fraudulent presidential election. Virtually all independent voices are being silenced, over 1,000 political prisoners remain behind bars, civil society organizations and independent media continue to be forcibly closed under alleged ‘extremism’ charges, and tens of thousands of Belarusian citizens have been driven into exile,” Carpenter said.

According to him, it is not possible to regard ‘a hastily proposed set of revisions to the constitution’ as a serious effort at much needed democratic progress and reform in light of the recent developments in Belarus. This constitutional reform process has failed to include people’s voices, the envoy warns. Due to the ongoing crackdown, independent human rights organisations under constant risk of severe reprisal will be largely unable to organize observation of the referendum, he believes.

Referendum on Constitution to take place on Feb 27. Opposition calls for ‘vote of no confidence towards Lukashenka regime’

Moreover, the US side is concerned about the lack of genuine public consultation and discussion on key elements of the revisions, including term limits for the presidency to be enacted only after Alyaksandr Lukashenka leaves office, and a proposed change to Belarus’s non-nuclear status and political neutrality.

“We call on the Belarusian authorities to unconditionally and without delay release all political prisoners and to end their campaign of repression. We further call on the Belarusian authorities to implement the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Moscow Mechanism and take meaningful action to address the concerns raised under the Vienna Mechanism. Belarusian authorities should promptly enter into a facilitated, comprehensive, and genuine national dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society, leading to new free and fair presidential elections under international observation, and taking into account ODIHR recommendations,” the statement reads.

The steps will set Belarus on the path to resolving the political crisis and respond to the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people, as a non-transparent referendum is neither a viable – nor a credible – path forward for Belarus, Michael Carpenter added.

Lukashenka can be both President and National Assembly chair, official says

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, On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

News – belsat.eu, US mission to OSCE about Lukashenka’s referendum: ‘International community holds no illusions’, on January 27, 2022 2:11 PM at 2:11 PM

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On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

Michael Carpenter. Source: VOA News / YouTube

The referendum on adopting amendments to the Constitution of Belarus is scheduled for February 27. The Belarusian democratic forces stress that Alyaksandr Lukashenka had no right to announce a referendum because he was illegitimate. The document provides for the transfer of huge powers to the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly and should provide Lukashenka with personal security guarantees in case he decides to step down as president.

“Let me make plain, however, the international community holds no illusions that the constitutional referendum can resolve the political crisis resulting from the 2020 fraudulent presidential election. Virtually all independent voices are being silenced, over 1,000 political prisoners remain behind bars, civil society organizations and independent media continue to be forcibly closed under alleged ‘extremism’ charges, and tens of thousands of Belarusian citizens have been driven into exile,” Carpenter said.

According to him, it is not possible to regard ‘a hastily proposed set of revisions to the constitution’ as a serious effort at much needed democratic progress and reform in light of the recent developments in Belarus. This constitutional reform process has failed to include people’s voices, the envoy warns. Due to the ongoing crackdown, independent human rights organisations under constant risk of severe reprisal will be largely unable to organize observation of the referendum, he believes.

Referendum on Constitution to take place on Feb 27. Opposition calls for ‘vote of no confidence towards Lukashenka regime’

Moreover, the US side is concerned about the lack of genuine public consultation and discussion on key elements of the revisions, including term limits for the presidency to be enacted only after Alyaksandr Lukashenka leaves office, and a proposed change to Belarus’s non-nuclear status and political neutrality.

“We call on the Belarusian authorities to unconditionally and without delay release all political prisoners and to end their campaign of repression. We further call on the Belarusian authorities to implement the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Moscow Mechanism and take meaningful action to address the concerns raised under the Vienna Mechanism. Belarusian authorities should promptly enter into a facilitated, comprehensive, and genuine national dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society, leading to new free and fair presidential elections under international observation, and taking into account ODIHR recommendations,” the statement reads.

The steps will set Belarus on the path to resolving the political crisis and respond to the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people, as a non-transparent referendum is neither a viable – nor a credible – path forward for Belarus, Michael Carpenter added.

Lukashenka can be both President and National Assembly chair, official says

belsat.eu

, On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

News – belsat.eu, US mission to OSCE about Lukashenka’s referendum: ‘International community holds no illusions’, on January 27, 2022 2:11 PM at 2:11 PM

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On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

Michael Carpenter. Source: VOA News / YouTube

The referendum on adopting amendments to the Constitution of Belarus is scheduled for February 27. The Belarusian democratic forces stress that Alyaksandr Lukashenka had no right to announce a referendum because he was illegitimate. The document provides for the transfer of huge powers to the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly and should provide Lukashenka with personal security guarantees in case he decides to step down as president.

“Let me make plain, however, the international community holds no illusions that the constitutional referendum can resolve the political crisis resulting from the 2020 fraudulent presidential election. Virtually all independent voices are being silenced, over 1,000 political prisoners remain behind bars, civil society organizations and independent media continue to be forcibly closed under alleged ‘extremism’ charges, and tens of thousands of Belarusian citizens have been driven into exile,” Carpenter said.

According to him, it is not possible to regard ‘a hastily proposed set of revisions to the constitution’ as a serious effort at much needed democratic progress and reform in light of the recent developments in Belarus. This constitutional reform process has failed to include people’s voices, the envoy warns. Due to the ongoing crackdown, independent human rights organisations under constant risk of severe reprisal will be largely unable to organize observation of the referendum, he believes.

Referendum on Constitution to take place on Feb 27. Opposition calls for ‘vote of no confidence towards Lukashenka regime’

Moreover, the US side is concerned about the lack of genuine public consultation and discussion on key elements of the revisions, including term limits for the presidency to be enacted only after Alyaksandr Lukashenka leaves office, and a proposed change to Belarus’s non-nuclear status and political neutrality.

“We call on the Belarusian authorities to unconditionally and without delay release all political prisoners and to end their campaign of repression. We further call on the Belarusian authorities to implement the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Moscow Mechanism and take meaningful action to address the concerns raised under the Vienna Mechanism. Belarusian authorities should promptly enter into a facilitated, comprehensive, and genuine national dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society, leading to new free and fair presidential elections under international observation, and taking into account ODIHR recommendations,” the statement reads.

The steps will set Belarus on the path to resolving the political crisis and respond to the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people, as a non-transparent referendum is neither a viable – nor a credible – path forward for Belarus, Michael Carpenter added.

Lukashenka can be both President and National Assembly chair, official says

belsat.eu

, On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

News – belsat.eu, US mission to OSCE about Lukashenka’s referendum: ‘International community holds no illusions’, on January 27, 2022 2:11 PM at 2:11 PM

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On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

Michael Carpenter. Source: VOA News / YouTube

The referendum on adopting amendments to the Constitution of Belarus is scheduled for February 27. The Belarusian democratic forces stress that Alyaksandr Lukashenka had no right to announce a referendum because he was illegitimate. The document provides for the transfer of huge powers to the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly and should provide Lukashenka with personal security guarantees in case he decides to step down as president.

“Let me make plain, however, the international community holds no illusions that the constitutional referendum can resolve the political crisis resulting from the 2020 fraudulent presidential election. Virtually all independent voices are being silenced, over 1,000 political prisoners remain behind bars, civil society organizations and independent media continue to be forcibly closed under alleged ‘extremism’ charges, and tens of thousands of Belarusian citizens have been driven into exile,” Carpenter said.

According to him, it is not possible to regard ‘a hastily proposed set of revisions to the constitution’ as a serious effort at much needed democratic progress and reform in light of the recent developments in Belarus. This constitutional reform process has failed to include people’s voices, the envoy warns. Due to the ongoing crackdown, independent human rights organisations under constant risk of severe reprisal will be largely unable to organize observation of the referendum, he believes.

Referendum on Constitution to take place on Feb 27. Opposition calls for ‘vote of no confidence towards Lukashenka regime’

Moreover, the US side is concerned about the lack of genuine public consultation and discussion on key elements of the revisions, including term limits for the presidency to be enacted only after Alyaksandr Lukashenka leaves office, and a proposed change to Belarus’s non-nuclear status and political neutrality.

“We call on the Belarusian authorities to unconditionally and without delay release all political prisoners and to end their campaign of repression. We further call on the Belarusian authorities to implement the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Moscow Mechanism and take meaningful action to address the concerns raised under the Vienna Mechanism. Belarusian authorities should promptly enter into a facilitated, comprehensive, and genuine national dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society, leading to new free and fair presidential elections under international observation, and taking into account ODIHR recommendations,” the statement reads.

The steps will set Belarus on the path to resolving the political crisis and respond to the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people, as a non-transparent referendum is neither a viable – nor a credible – path forward for Belarus, Michael Carpenter added.

Lukashenka can be both President and National Assembly chair, official says

belsat.eu

, On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

News – belsat.eu, US mission to OSCE about Lukashenka’s referendum: ‘International community holds no illusions’, on January 27, 2022 2:11 PM at 2:11 PM

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On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

Michael Carpenter. Source: VOA News / YouTube

The referendum on adopting amendments to the Constitution of Belarus is scheduled for February 27. The Belarusian democratic forces stress that Alyaksandr Lukashenka had no right to announce a referendum because he was illegitimate. The document provides for the transfer of huge powers to the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly and should provide Lukashenka with personal security guarantees in case he decides to step down as president.

“Let me make plain, however, the international community holds no illusions that the constitutional referendum can resolve the political crisis resulting from the 2020 fraudulent presidential election. Virtually all independent voices are being silenced, over 1,000 political prisoners remain behind bars, civil society organizations and independent media continue to be forcibly closed under alleged ‘extremism’ charges, and tens of thousands of Belarusian citizens have been driven into exile,” Carpenter said.

According to him, it is not possible to regard ‘a hastily proposed set of revisions to the constitution’ as a serious effort at much needed democratic progress and reform in light of the recent developments in Belarus. This constitutional reform process has failed to include people’s voices, the envoy warns. Due to the ongoing crackdown, independent human rights organisations under constant risk of severe reprisal will be largely unable to organize observation of the referendum, he believes.

Referendum on Constitution to take place on Feb 27. Opposition calls for ‘vote of no confidence towards Lukashenka regime’

Moreover, the US side is concerned about the lack of genuine public consultation and discussion on key elements of the revisions, including term limits for the presidency to be enacted only after Alyaksandr Lukashenka leaves office, and a proposed change to Belarus’s non-nuclear status and political neutrality.

“We call on the Belarusian authorities to unconditionally and without delay release all political prisoners and to end their campaign of repression. We further call on the Belarusian authorities to implement the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Moscow Mechanism and take meaningful action to address the concerns raised under the Vienna Mechanism. Belarusian authorities should promptly enter into a facilitated, comprehensive, and genuine national dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society, leading to new free and fair presidential elections under international observation, and taking into account ODIHR recommendations,” the statement reads.

The steps will set Belarus on the path to resolving the political crisis and respond to the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people, as a non-transparent referendum is neither a viable – nor a credible – path forward for Belarus, Michael Carpenter added.

Lukashenka can be both President and National Assembly chair, official says

belsat.eu

, On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

News – belsat.eu, US mission to OSCE about Lukashenka’s referendum: ‘International community holds no illusions’, on January 27, 2022 2:11 PM at 2:11 PM

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On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

Michael Carpenter. Source: VOA News / YouTube

The referendum on adopting amendments to the Constitution of Belarus is scheduled for February 27. The Belarusian democratic forces stress that Alyaksandr Lukashenka had no right to announce a referendum because he was illegitimate. The document provides for the transfer of huge powers to the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly and should provide Lukashenka with personal security guarantees in case he decides to step down as president.

“Let me make plain, however, the international community holds no illusions that the constitutional referendum can resolve the political crisis resulting from the 2020 fraudulent presidential election. Virtually all independent voices are being silenced, over 1,000 political prisoners remain behind bars, civil society organizations and independent media continue to be forcibly closed under alleged ‘extremism’ charges, and tens of thousands of Belarusian citizens have been driven into exile,” Carpenter said.

According to him, it is not possible to regard ‘a hastily proposed set of revisions to the constitution’ as a serious effort at much needed democratic progress and reform in light of the recent developments in Belarus. This constitutional reform process has failed to include people’s voices, the envoy warns. Due to the ongoing crackdown, independent human rights organisations under constant risk of severe reprisal will be largely unable to organize observation of the referendum, he believes.

Referendum on Constitution to take place on Feb 27. Opposition calls for ‘vote of no confidence towards Lukashenka regime’

Moreover, the US side is concerned about the lack of genuine public consultation and discussion on key elements of the revisions, including term limits for the presidency to be enacted only after Alyaksandr Lukashenka leaves office, and a proposed change to Belarus’s non-nuclear status and political neutrality.

“We call on the Belarusian authorities to unconditionally and without delay release all political prisoners and to end their campaign of repression. We further call on the Belarusian authorities to implement the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Moscow Mechanism and take meaningful action to address the concerns raised under the Vienna Mechanism. Belarusian authorities should promptly enter into a facilitated, comprehensive, and genuine national dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society, leading to new free and fair presidential elections under international observation, and taking into account ODIHR recommendations,” the statement reads.

The steps will set Belarus on the path to resolving the political crisis and respond to the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people, as a non-transparent referendum is neither a viable – nor a credible – path forward for Belarus, Michael Carpenter added.

Lukashenka can be both President and National Assembly chair, official says

belsat.eu

, On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

News – belsat.eu, US mission to OSCE about Lukashenka’s referendum: ‘International community holds no illusions’, on January 27, 2022 2:11 PM at 2:11 PM

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On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

Michael Carpenter. Source: VOA News / YouTube

The referendum on adopting amendments to the Constitution of Belarus is scheduled for February 27. The Belarusian democratic forces stress that Alyaksandr Lukashenka had no right to announce a referendum because he was illegitimate. The document provides for the transfer of huge powers to the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly and should provide Lukashenka with personal security guarantees in case he decides to step down as president.

“Let me make plain, however, the international community holds no illusions that the constitutional referendum can resolve the political crisis resulting from the 2020 fraudulent presidential election. Virtually all independent voices are being silenced, over 1,000 political prisoners remain behind bars, civil society organizations and independent media continue to be forcibly closed under alleged ‘extremism’ charges, and tens of thousands of Belarusian citizens have been driven into exile,” Carpenter said.

According to him, it is not possible to regard ‘a hastily proposed set of revisions to the constitution’ as a serious effort at much needed democratic progress and reform in light of the recent developments in Belarus. This constitutional reform process has failed to include people’s voices, the envoy warns. Due to the ongoing crackdown, independent human rights organisations under constant risk of severe reprisal will be largely unable to organize observation of the referendum, he believes.

Referendum on Constitution to take place on Feb 27. Opposition calls for ‘vote of no confidence towards Lukashenka regime’

Moreover, the US side is concerned about the lack of genuine public consultation and discussion on key elements of the revisions, including term limits for the presidency to be enacted only after Alyaksandr Lukashenka leaves office, and a proposed change to Belarus’s non-nuclear status and political neutrality.

“We call on the Belarusian authorities to unconditionally and without delay release all political prisoners and to end their campaign of repression. We further call on the Belarusian authorities to implement the recommendations of the independent expert mission under the Moscow Mechanism and take meaningful action to address the concerns raised under the Vienna Mechanism. Belarusian authorities should promptly enter into a facilitated, comprehensive, and genuine national dialogue with the democratic opposition and civil society, leading to new free and fair presidential elections under international observation, and taking into account ODIHR recommendations,” the statement reads.

The steps will set Belarus on the path to resolving the political crisis and respond to the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people, as a non-transparent referendum is neither a viable – nor a credible – path forward for Belarus, Michael Carpenter added.

Lukashenka can be both President and National Assembly chair, official says

belsat.eu

, On January 27, Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, delivered a speech regarding the upcoming referendum in Belarus to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

World news | The Guardian, Poland starts building wall through protected forest at Belarus border, on January 27, 2022 11:58 AM at 11:58 AM

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Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget

Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.

The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras.

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, Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget
Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.
The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras. Continue reading…

World news | The Guardian, Poland starts building wall through protected forest at Belarus border, on January 27, 2022 11:58 AM at 11:58 AM

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Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget

Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.

The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras.

Continue reading…
, Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget
Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.
The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras. Continue reading…

World news | The Guardian, Poland starts building wall through protected forest at Belarus border, on January 27, 2022 11:58 AM at 11:58 AM

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Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget

Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, but which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.

The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras.

Continue reading…
, Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget
Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, but which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.
The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras. Continue reading…

World news | The Guardian, Poland starts building wall through protected forest at Belarus border, on January 27, 2022 11:58 AM at 11:58 AM

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Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget

Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.

The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras.

Continue reading…
, Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget
Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.
The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras. Continue reading…

World news | The Guardian, Poland starts building wall through protected forest at Belarus border, on January 27, 2022 11:58 AM at 11:58 AM

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Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget

Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.

The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras.

Continue reading…
, Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget
Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.
The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras. Continue reading…

World news | The Guardian, Poland starts building wall through protected forest at Belarus border, on January 27, 2022 11:58 AM at 11:58 AM

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Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget

Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.

The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras.

Continue reading…
, Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget
Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.
The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras. Continue reading…

World news | The Guardian, Poland starts building wall through protected forest at Belarus border, on January 27, 2022 11:58 AM at 11:58 AM

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Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget

Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.

The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras.

Continue reading…
, Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget
Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.
The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras. Continue reading…

World news | The Guardian, Poland starts building wall through protected forest at Belarus border, on January 27, 2022 11:58 AM at 11:58 AM

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Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget

Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.

The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras.

Continue reading…
, Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget
Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.
The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras. Continue reading…

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News – belsat.eu, Lithuanian Railways rejects applications of Belarusian companies for transportation of Belaruskali fertilizers, on January 27, 2022 3:10 AM at 3:10 AM

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Lithuanian Railways has rejected the applications of three Belarusian companies to transport Belaruskali fertilizers, the official website of the Latvian Railways reports (LTG).

On January 22, it emerged that Lithuanian Railways had received requests from three Belarusian companies for transportation of Belaruskali fertilizers. The applications were sent by Belintertrans, Belkali MIGAO, as well as the Belarusian Potash Company (BPC), a subsidiary of Belaruskali.

After these appeals, Lithuanian Railways’ representatives applied to the government commission for checking deals of strategic enterprises in order to have a reason to reject the requests of the companies and thus avoid the risk of a subpoena to both the railroads and the state. The commission was supposed to decide whether contracts with these Belarusian companies threatened national interests. The issue is reportedly already under consideration, but no decision has been made yet.

“Until the commission makes a decision, Lithuanian Railways will not take any action on BPC’s requests for fertilizer transportation contracts. Requests from the other two companies are rejected because they have applied for transportation under contracts that are no longer in effect or they do not have such contracts with LZD,” Lithuanian Railways said in a press release.

On December 8, 2021, U.S. sanctions against Belaruskali came into force, but fertilizers are still transported through Lithuania. On April 1, the U.S. sanctions, imposed last year in early December, will also enter into force against the Belarusian Potash Company.

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, They decided not to take any action until the government commission had made a decision.

News – belsat.eu, Lithuanian Railways rejects applications of Belarusian companies for transportation of Belaruskali fertilizers, on January 27, 2022 3:10 AM at 3:10 AM

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Lithuanian Railways has rejected the applications of three Belarusian companies to transport Belaruskali fertilizers, the official website of the Latvian Railways reports (LTG).

On January 22, it emerged that Lithuanian Railways had received requests from three Belarusian companies for transportation of Belaruskali fertilizers. The applications were sent by Belintertrans, Belkali MIGAO, as well as the Belarusian Potash Company (BPC), a subsidiary of Belaruskali.

After these appeals, Lithuanian Railways’ representatives applied to the government commission for checking deals of strategic enterprises in order to have a reason to reject the requests of the companies and thus avoid the risk of a subpoena to both the railroads and the state. The commission was supposed to decide whether contracts with these Belarusian companies threatened national interests. The issue is reportedly already under consideration, but no decision has been made yet.

“Until the commission makes a decision, Lithuanian Railways will not take any action on BPC’s requests for fertilizer transportation contracts. Requests from the other two companies are rejected because they have applied for transportation under contracts that are no longer in effect or they do not have such contracts with LZD,” Lithuanian Railways said in a press release.

On December 8, 2021, U.S. sanctions against Belaruskali came into force, but fertilizers are still transported through Lithuania. On April 1, the U.S. sanctions, imposed last year in early December, will also enter into force against the Belarusian Potash Company.

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, They decided not to take any action until the government commission had made a decision.

News – belsat.eu, Polish border guards report shots fired from Belarusian side, on January 27, 2022 3:01 AM at 3:01 AM

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Polish Border Guard service has reported that on the night of January 26, the Belarusian border guards made several shots using long guns. They did it after seeing Polish border guards.

On January 24, the State Border Committee of Belarus Anatol Lapo chairman said that “every border conflict starts with little things.”

“The security of our borders will be preserved by any means. We have the power and means to do so,” said Anatoli Lapo.

According to Polish Border Guards, 12 people — citizens of Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria — had tried to cross the Polish-Belarusian border illegally in the last 24 hours.

In mid-January, the official Belarusian TV reported about 500 migrants who remained at the transport and logistics center in Bruzgi on the Belarusian-Polish border. In November 2020, Belarusian authorities said there were 7 thousand people in Belarus (of whom 2 thousand were in Bruzgi). The Polish side said there were about 13-14 thousand people, and Ukrainians mentioned the figure of 16 thousand people. Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia have not received many migrants since then, but some border violators have been detained.

Since then, about 4 thousand migrants have left Belarus by air.

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, Twelve people have tried to cross the Polish-Belarusian border illegally

News – belsat.eu, Polish border guards report shots fired from Belarusian side, on January 27, 2022 3:01 AM at 3:01 AM

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Polish Border Guard service has reported that on the night of January 26, the Belarusian border guards made several shots using long guns. They did it after seeing Polish border guards.

On January 24, the State Border Committee of Belarus Anatol Lapo chairman said that “every border conflict starts with little things.”

“The security of our borders will be preserved by any means. We have the power and means to do so,” said Anatoli Lapo.

According to Polish Border Guards, 12 people — citizens of Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria — had tried to cross the Polish-Belarusian border illegally in the last 24 hours.

In mid-January, the official Belarusian TV reported about 500 migrants who remained at the transport and logistics center in Bruzgi on the Belarusian-Polish border. In November 2020, Belarusian authorities said there were 7 thousand people in Belarus (of whom 2 thousand were in Bruzgi). The Polish side said there were about 13-14 thousand people, and Ukrainians mentioned the figure of 16 thousand people. Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia have not received many migrants since then, but some border violators have been detained.

Since then, about 4 thousand migrants have left Belarus by air.

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, Twelve people have tried to cross the Polish-Belarusian border illegally

News – belsat.eu, Warsaw court refuses to extradite NEXTA founder to Belarus, on January 27, 2022 2:48 AM at 2:48 AM

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On January 26, the District Court of Warsaw launched a hearing of the extradition case regarding the founder of the NEXTA channels, Stsyapan Putsila. Ten criminal cases were filed against him in Belarus.

Stsyapan Putsila, author of the NEXTA channels, at the extradition trial. Warsaw, Poland. January 26, 2022. Photo: Belsat

Stsyapan Putsila is sure that the consideration of the case is just a formality, as Poland could not have it any other way. He is confident of a favorable court decision, which will also apply to all EU countries. And so it turned out.

The judge spent 10 minutes reading out all the articles that Putsila was accused of by the Belarusian side and asked the defendant whether he agreed to be extradited to Belarus. Putsila disagreed. The prosecutor’s office stated that extradition was inadmissible (Putsila’s lawyer said it was the first time in 40 years that he supported the prosecutor).

As a result, the judge ruled that it was inadmissible to hand Putsila down to the Belarusian regime “just because a psychotic dictator wants this.” This complies with the standards of democratic countries and the Declaration of Human Rights and the Constitution of Poland, the judge noted. The appeal can be filed within seven days.

According to information published by the telegram channel NEXTA, senior advisor of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya Franak Vyachorka, bloggers Anton Matolka, Stsyapan Putsila (author of NEXTA channels), and Raman Pratasevich are accused in the same criminal case initiated by the Investigative Committee of Belarus.

Before the court. Warsaw, Poland. January 26, 2022. Photo: Belsat

Warsaw, Poland. January 26, 2022. Photo: Belsat

The Belarusian authorities have long been seeking the extradition of Stsyapan Putsila, founder of the popular network of channels NEXTA, which the Belarusian authorities called “extremist.” The Investigative Committee of Belarus has sent documents for their extradition to Poland through the Prosecutor General, said the head of the IC international legal department, Mikhail Vavula, to the newspaper “Belarus Today,” on February 6, 2021.

“We have an international treaty on legal assistance in criminal matters with this country, which also regulates the issue of extradition. Let’s see to what extent this state will fulfill its international obligations to extradite persons prosecuted by the Belarusian Investigative Committee,” Vavula said.

Warsaw, Poland. January 26, 2022. Photo: Belsat

In October 2021, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus put Telegram channels NEXTA, NEXTA-Live, and Luxta on the list of “extremist formations.”

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, The Belarusian authorities have long been pushing Poland to extradite Putsila

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News – belsat.eu, Nearly 1K political prisoners now in Belarus, on January 25, 2022 2:07 PM at 2:07 PM

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On January 25, the Belarusian human rights community issued a joint statement on their recognising another seven persons as political prisoners, HRC Viasna reports.

Seven human rights watchdogs declare that the imprisonment of the following people is politically motivated:

Henadz Syauruk, sentenced to 4 years in a penal colony under Art. 364 of the Criminal Code (‘threatening to use violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies on social networks’), Art. 369 (‘insulting a government official’), Art. 368 {‘insulting the president’), Art. 130 (‘inciting hatred’);

Yury Chudzinovich, sentenced to 4 years in a penal colony under Art. 130 of the Criminal Code (‘inciting hatred on the Internet’), Art. 188 (‘defamation’), Art. 174 (‘evasion of child support’);

Political convictions in Belarus in 2021

Dzmitry Kaneuski, sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony under Art. 130 of the Criminal Code (‘inciting hatred against police officers’);

Andrey Sachanka, sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony under Art. 364 of the Criminal Code (‘threatening to use violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies on the Internet’), Art. 366 (‘threat against an official performing official duties or another person performing a public duty’);

Alyaksandr Ivanou, sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony under Art. 364 of the Criminal Code (‘threats of violence against law enforcement officers’), and Art. 391 (‘insulting a judge’);

Uladzislau Tsimashchuk, sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony under Art. 130 of the Criminal Code (‘ inciting hatred against police officers’).

Navapolatsk resident sentenced to 11 years in jail for endangering pro-government rally

Ruslan Slutskі sentenced to 11 years of restricted freedom under Part 1 of Art. 14, part 1 of Art. 309 of the Criminal Code for attempting to render unusable railway tracks by trying to connect the rails with a metal wire, which could lead to delays in train traffic, as well as under Part 1 of Art. 289 of the Criminal Code for ‘an act of terrorism’ consisted of throwing homemade metal spikes on the highway in front of cars participating in the pro-government rally, which damaged the tires of four cars.

“The qualification of the actions of the individuals listed above, as well as the type and amount of their punishment, was clearly disproportionate to the severity of the offense and thus inappropriate. In each case, the imprisonment was an excessively harsh response of the authorities to the protests of citizens. In a number of cases, there was a clearly selective approach to determining the punishment for politically motivated acts as compared to similar acts with no political motive,” the statement reads.

The human rights defenders called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately release all political prisoners and stop political repression in the country; to review the sentences passed against the above mentioned political prisoners while exercising the right to a fair trial and eliminating the factors that affected the qualification of actions, the type and amount of punishment; to release the mentioned political prisoners by taking other measures to ensure their appearance in court.

To date, there are 995 political prisoners in Belarus.

Better than under Rákosi, worse than under Jaruzelski: What can repressions in Belarus be compared to?

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, On January 25, the Belarusian human rights community issued a joint statement on their recognising another seven persons as political prisoners, HRC Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Nearly 1K political prisoners now in Belarus, on January 25, 2022 2:07 PM at 2:07 PM

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On January 25, the Belarusian human rights community issued a joint statement on their recognising another seven persons as political prisoners, HRC Viasna reports.

Seven human rights watchdogs declare that the imprisonment of the following people is politically motivated:

Henadz Syauruk, sentenced to 4 years in a penal colony under Art. 364 of the Criminal Code (‘threatening to use violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies on social networks’), Art. 369 (‘insulting a government official’), Art. 368 {‘insulting the president’), Art. 130 (‘inciting hatred’);

Yury Chudzinovich, sentenced to 4 years in a penal colony under Art. 130 of the Criminal Code (‘inciting hatred on the Internet’), Art. 188 (‘defamation’), Art. 174 (‘evasion of child support’);

Political convictions in Belarus in 2021

Dzmitry Kaneuski, sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony under Art. 130 of the Criminal Code (‘inciting hatred against police officers’);

Andrey Sachanka, sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony under Art. 364 of the Criminal Code (‘threatening to use violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies on the Internet’), Art. 366 (‘threat against an official performing official duties or another person performing a public duty’);

Alyaksandr Ivanou, sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony under Art. 364 of the Criminal Code (‘threats of violence against law enforcement officers’), and Art. 391 (‘insulting a judge’);

Uladzislau Tsimashchuk, sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony under Art. 130 of the Criminal Code (‘ inciting hatred against police officers’).

Navapolatsk resident sentenced to 11 years in jail for endangering pro-government rally

Ruslan Slutskі sentenced to 11 years of restricted freedom under Part 1 of Art. 14, part 1 of Art. 309 of the Criminal Code for attempting to render unusable railway tracks by trying to connect the rails with a metal wire, which could lead to delays in train traffic, as well as under Part 1 of Art. 289 of the Criminal Code for ‘an act of terrorism’ consisted of throwing homemade metal spikes on the highway in front of cars participating in the pro-government rally, which damaged the tires of four cars.

“The qualification of the actions of the individuals listed above, as well as the type and amount of their punishment, was clearly disproportionate to the severity of the offense and thus inappropriate. In each case, the imprisonment was an excessively harsh response of the authorities to the protests of citizens. In a number of cases, there was a clearly selective approach to determining the punishment for politically motivated acts as compared to similar acts with no political motive,” the statement reads.

The human rights defenders called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately release all political prisoners and stop political repression in the country; to review the sentences passed against the above mentioned political prisoners while exercising the right to a fair trial and eliminating the factors that affected the qualification of actions, the type and amount of punishment; to release the mentioned political prisoners by taking other measures to ensure their appearance in court.

To date, there are 995 political prisoners in Belarus.

Better than under Rákosi, worse than under Jaruzelski: What can repressions in Belarus be compared to?

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, On January 25, the Belarusian human rights community issued a joint statement on their recognising another seven persons as political prisoners, HRC Viasna reports.

News – belsat.eu, Nearly 1K political prisoners now in Belarus, on January 25, 2022 2:07 PM at 2:07 PM

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On January 25, the Belarusian human rights community issued a joint statement on their recognising another seven persons as political prisoners, HRC Viasna reports.

Seven human rights watchdogs declare that the imprisonment of the following people is politically motivated:

Henadz Syauruk, sentenced to 4 years in a penal colony under Art. 364 of the Criminal Code (‘threatening to use violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies on social networks’), Art. 369 (‘insulting a government official’), Art. 368 {‘insulting the president’), Art. 130 (‘inciting hatred’);

Yury Chudzinovich, sentenced to 4 years in a penal colony under Art. 130 of the Criminal Code (‘inciting hatred on the Internet’), Art. 188 (‘defamation’), Art. 174 (‘evasion of child support’);

Political convictions in Belarus in 2021

Dzmitry Kaneuski, sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony under Art. 130 of the Criminal Code (‘inciting hatred against police officers’);

Andrey Sachanka, sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony under Art. 364 of the Criminal Code (‘threatening to use violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies on the Internet’), Art. 366 (‘threat against an official performing official duties or another person performing a public duty’);

Alyaksandr Ivanou, sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony under Art. 364 of the Criminal Code (‘threats of violence against law enforcement officers’), and Art. 391 (‘insulting a judge’);

Uladzislau Tsimashchuk, sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony under Art. 130 of the Criminal Code (‘ inciting hatred against police officers’).

Navapolatsk resident sentenced to 11 years in jail for endangering pro-government rally

Ruslan Slutskі sentenced to 11 years of restricted freedom under Part 1 of Art. 14, part 1 of Art. 309 of the Criminal Code for attempting to render unusable railway tracks by trying to connect the rails with a metal wire, which could lead to delays in train traffic, as well as under Part 1 of Art. 289 of the Criminal Code for ‘an act of terrorism’ consisted of throwing homemade metal spikes on the highway in front of cars participating in the pro-government rally, which damaged the tires of four cars.

“The qualification of the actions of the individuals listed above, as well as the type and amount of their punishment, was clearly disproportionate to the severity of the offense and thus inappropriate. In each case, the imprisonment was an excessively harsh response of the authorities to the protests of citizens. In a number of cases, there was a clearly selective approach to determining the punishment for politically motivated acts as compared to similar acts with no political motive,” the statement reads.

The human rights defenders called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately release all political prisoners and stop political repression in the country; to review the sentences passed against the above mentioned political prisoners while exercising the right to a fair trial and eliminating the factors that affected the qualification of actions, the type and amount of punishment; to release the mentioned political prisoners by taking other measures to ensure their appearance in court.

To date, there are 995 political prisoners in Belarus.

Better than under Rákosi, worse than under Jaruzelski: What can repressions in Belarus be compared to?

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, On January 25, the Belarusian human rights community issued a joint statement on their recognising another seven persons as political prisoners, HRC Viasna reports.