Over 100 sentences passed in political cases in Belarus in September

Illustrative photo. Photo: AK / Belsat

In September, the Belarusian authorities continued to prosecute citizens for political reasons actively.

According to the Human Rights Center “Viasna,” courts passed verdicts against at least 103 people in politically motivated criminal cases in September.

Detentions of participants of peaceful protests also continued, and arbitrary arrests of citizens for using white-red-white symbols, including in private housing and territories.

All in all, in September, judges imposed at least 17 fines totaling 1,150 basic units (33,35 thousand rubles) and 64 administrative arrests for a total of 924 days for the exercise of the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. Six fines and 19 arrests were made under Article 24.23 of the Code of Administrative Infringements (violation of the rules for organizing and holding mass events).

There are 715 people recognized as political prisoners by human rights activists in places of detention. Their number continues to increase.