Three more Belarusians recognized as political prisoners

On July 21, the Belarusian human rights community issued a joint statement recognizing three more people as political prisoners. All in all, there are 579 political prisoners in Belarus.

The following people have been recognized as political prisoners:

Vital Shyshlau, convicted under Articles 293, 342, and 364 of the Criminal Code to six years’ imprisonment for participation in mass riots, group actions that grossly violate public order, and violence and threats of violence against police officers

Syarhei Dzyatsuk, sentenced to 3 years in prison under Article 364 of the Criminal Code for threatening to use violence against police officers

Aleh Krautsou, sentenced to 3 years in jail under Articles 342 and 309 of the Criminal Code for the attempted organization of group actions, seriously violating public order, and incitement to the deliberate making of roads, signaling, and other transport equipment unusable.

Belarusian human rights activists demand an immediate review of the measures taken against political prisoners and court decisions, the release of all political prisoners, and an end to political repression against citizens of Belarus.