Allegedly deprived of correspondence: Political prisoner Natallia Hersche on hunger strike again?

Natallia Hersche in court. photo: Belsat

Political prisoner Natallia Hersche, who is also a Swiss citizen, started another hunger strike, her brother Henadz told Belsat on March, 6.

Natallia Hersche was recently moved to Homiel penal colony Nr 4, but the authorities failed to inform her relatives about the transfer at once, which was contrary to the Belarusian law. The family received the information from human rights centre Viasna.

Presumably, the administration did not hand over the correspondence to Natallia, and the woman refused food on February, 22. At the moment, it is unknown whether the political prisoner is still fasting.

It is not the first time that Hersche has resorted to such a move. In January, she started hungerstriking as the prison authorities were holding back the letters which people had sent to her as far back as 2020 . As a result, she was transferred to a cell with better conditions, 38 letters were given to her within three days, and Natallia quit the hunger strike.

On December 7, Belarusian Natallia Hersche was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for removing a balaclava from a riot police officer during a protest rally on September, 19. Natallia had been living in Switzerland for many years, but in 2020 she could not remain indifferent to the events at home and flew to Minsk. At one of the women’s marches, she was detained and sentenced to 15 days in jail. Then a criminal case for resisting a police officer with the use of violence was opened.

Belarus-born Swiss national gets 2.5 years in jail for tearing balaclava off policeman