EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Belarus Urged To Release Election Protesters After Student Convicted

Posted by Info on 02/04/2011

Mikita Likhavid, 20, was sentenced to three years and six months in a labour colony on charges of “mass disorder” for peacefully participating in opposition demonstrations on 19 December, in which President Alyaksandr Lukashenka was re-elected for the fourth time amid allegations of rigging.

Law student Likhavid was initially detained for an administrative offence but then faced criminal charges, despite the policeman who filed his arrest warrant admitting in court that he had not seen Likhavid during the protest.

Prominent activist Zmitser Dashkevich, leader of the Young Front organization, and fellow Young Front member Eduard Lobau were last week sentenced to two and four years in a labour colony respectively for allegedly assaulting passers-by the day before the election.

The convictions bring the total number of prisoners of conscience connected with the post-election crackdown currently in detention or under house arrest to 15.

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