6 human rights defenders
in prison
200 + interrogations
in Viasna case
120 + 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.

Six Viasna members are currently in prison: chairperson and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ales Bialiatski, Viasna deputy chairperson and FIDH vice-president Valiantsin Stefanovic, lawyer Uladzimir Labkovich, coordinator of Viasna's network of volunteers Marfa Rabkova, head of Viasna's office in Homieĺ Leanid Sudalenka, and volunteer Andrei Chapiuk. Volunteer Tatsiana Lasitsa was released on September 24, 2022.

The three leaders of Viasna, Ales Bialiatski, Uladzimir Labkovich, and Valiantsin Stefanovic, were 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 — to 14 years and 9 months, and Andrei Chapiuk — to 5 years and 9 months in prison.

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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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