28 years old, freelancer. "I have decided that I'd rather take to the streets and get hit in the head than be ashamed of sitting everything out at home"
The trial against Viasna human rights defenders, including the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ales Bialiatski, commenced on January 5 in Minsk. The defendants face 7 to 12 years of imprisonment.
25 years old. "We cannot win without a fight, and the situation can't be resolved peacefully anymore"
The Nobel Prize laureate in Literature Svetlana Alexievich talked with the Ukrainian Freedom Channel about the war, her new book, and her conversations with Putin's and Lukashenko's supporters. We feature selected quotes from her interview.
As of December 28, 2022, there are more than 1,400 political prisoners in Belarus. The Viasna Human Rights Center continues telling the stories of people who ended up in prison due to political persecution. Sometimes, several family members face persecution and are imprisoned at the same time. The following are the stories of 15 families of Belarusian political prisoners.
Aksana Dabryyanets and her daughter Valeryia had to flee from the repression of the Belarusian regime to Ukraine in 2021. After the Russia-Ukraine war began, staying in Ukraine became dangerous, and they had to flee again.
The Viasna human rights defenders continue documenting all cases of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment with the belief that the perpetrators will eventually be brought to justice, and look back at the most notorious torture cases that leaked in 2022.
22 years old, freelancer. "I was told that child protection workers were going to pay us a visit. That's what sent me reeling"