Human rights activists have recognized Brest resident Yuliya Badak (accused under Part 2 Article 339 of the Criminal Code) and Brest citizen Ihar Bantser (accused under Part 1 Article 339) political prisoners, HRC Viasna reports.
Human rights activists have issued a joint statement saying they consider the imprisonment of Yuliya Badak and Ihar Bantser to be politically motivated and Yuliya Badak and Ihar Bantser to be political prisoners.
Yuliya Badak, Brest resident, was found guilty of committing a crime under Part 2 Article 339 of the Criminal Code (“Hooliganism”). Now she is under house arrest.
Hrodna citizen Ihar Bantser was detained for dancing without pants in front of a police car. The musician was accused of hooliganism under part 1 of article 339 of the Criminal Code.
Human rights activists demand the prisoners to be released and criminal proceedings against them stopped.
As of March 15, there were 287 political prisoners in Belarus.