The Belarusian human rights community has recognised five more people behind bars as political prisoners.
On June 18, in response to the new cases of conviction and imprisonment on defamatory charges and on charges of insulting the state symbols of Belarus, human rights activists once again reaffirmed their repeated demands to decriminalise defamation and refrain from imprisoning individuals for insulting officials, the state, government agencies and symbols.
According to them, the following persons are imprisoned for insulting the president, government officials (police officers), judges and insulting state symbols:
Eight Belarusian human rights watchdogs have considered their persecution and imprisonment to be politically motivated, as they are related to the peaceful exercise of freedom expression. The human rights activists call on the Belarusian authorities to immediately release all political prisoners, stop the criminal prosecution against them, as well as end political repression against the country’s citizens.
As of today, there are 501 political prisoners in Belarus, human rights centre Viasna reports.
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