Despite the risk of the death penalty, the Swedish Migration Agency continues deporting asylum seekers from Belarus. Anders Ygeman, Minister for Integration and Migration, must act now and stop the deportations. Belarus is a dangerous country for anyone who has ever exercised their right to the freedom of opinion and expression.
This call was supported by representatives of the diplomatic missions of the EU, Austria, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, and the United States. As of 9 August 2022, 1,262 people are recognized as political prisoners in Belarus.
Exactly two years ago, unprecedented protests unfolded in Belarus in opposition to the rigged elections. Protests and demonstrations did not subside for months, but the supporters of change were unable to win in the violent confrontation. However, Belarusians continue to fight against the dictatorship and still strive to make their voices heard around the world.
Britta Hasselmann, a member of the German Bundestag, has become the 300th symbolic "godmother" of a political prisoner in Belarus. Three hundred "godparents" from 17 European countries illustrate the unwavering and enormous European solidarity with the victims of the Lukashenko regime.
Minsk singer Meriem Herasimenka was detained after a street concert where she had performed a song by a Ukrainian band.
In July 2022, the Viasna Human Rights Center observed a continuing trend toward politically motivated criminal prosecution of citizens. Viasna is aware of at least 76 people convicted for political reasons.
A military analyst at the US-based Institute for War Studies (ISW) considers Belarus' participation in Russia's war against Ukraine unlikely due to the small number of its combat groups and Lukashenko's fear of losing power.
The UN's aviation watchdog ICAO has issued a new report, which condemns Belarus authorities over the 2021 fake bomb threat and the subsequent forced landing of Ryanair flight FR4978.