6 human rights defenders
in prison
170 + interrogations
in Viasna case
95 + raids
on Viasna members

Viasna case

Viasna case is a series of criminal investigations targeting the organization's leaders and regular members for their human rights activities and assistance to people in defending their rights and public interests.

6 Viasna members are currently in prison: chairperson Ales Bialiatski, deputy chairperson Valiantsin Stefanovic, lawyer Uladzimir Labkovich, coordinator of Viasna's network of volunteers Marfa Rabkova, head of Viasna's office in Homieĺ Leanid Sudalenka, volunteer Andrei Chapiuk. Volunteer Tatsiana Lasitsa was released from Gomel colony on September, 24, 2022.

Viasna members are facing charges of "organizing and financing group actions that grossly violate public order" (Parts 1 and 2 of Art. 342) and "tax evasion" (Part 2 of Art. 243 of the Criminal Code).

The criminal case of Viasna under part 2 Article 243 of the Criminal Code (tax evasion) was dropped. Ales Bialiatski, Uladzimir Labkovich, and Valiantsin Stefanovic are now accused of smuggling (Part 4 Article 228 of the Criminal Code) and financing group actions that disrupted public order (Part 2 Article 342 of the Criminal Code). On March 3, 2023, the human rights defenders were sentenced to 10, 9 and 7 years in prison, respectively.

Leanid Sudalenka was sentenced to 3 years in prison, Marfa Rabkova and Andrei Chapiuk - to 15 and 6 years in prison, respectively.

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Human rights defenders in prison

Алесь Бяляцкі
Viasna chairperson
Валянцін Стэфановіч
Viasna deputy chairperson
Уладзімір Лабковіч
Viasna lawyer
Марфа Рабкова
coordinator of Viasna's network of volunteers
Леанід Судаленка
head of Viasna's office in Homieĺ
Таццяна Ласіца
Viasna volunteer
Андрэй Чапюк
Viasna volunteer



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