Human rights activists recognize five more Belarusians as political prisoners

Representatives of the Belarusian human rights community have recognized five more people as political prisoners. The list includes people who had been detained for insulting the president, government officials (police), judges and violation of state symbols, reports the human rights center “Viasna”.

Among the political prisoners are Stanislau Paulinkovich, sentenced to two years’ imprisonment under Article 391 of the Criminal Code (“Insulting a judge”), Valer Laza, sentenced to 2.5 years’ restricted freedom under Article 369 of the Criminal Code (“Insulting a public officer”), Yury Karnilovich, sentenced to three years’ restricted freedom under Article 369 of the Criminal Code (“Insulting a representative of the authority”), Pavel Berasneu, sentenced to 1.5 years of restricted freedom under Art 369 of the Criminal Code (“Insulting a representative of the authority”), Vital Zaradzei, accused under Art 391 of the Criminal Code (“Insulting a judge”), kept in custody in the detention center of Brest.

Human rights activists demand the release of all political prisoners and an end to political repression against citizens.

As of April 8, 342 persons have been recognized political prisoners in Belarus.

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