Andrzej Poczobut is behind bars for 1,000 days – informs the Association of Local Newspapers. The journalist and activist of the Polish minority in Belarus has been in custody since March 25, 2021.
Andrzej Poczobut he is behind bars for 1000 days. We will not allow the world to forget about journalists imprisoned in Belarus, reports the Association of Local Newspapers.
Leading politicians and institutions, among others, are appealing about political prisoners in Belarus European parliament. In turn, the president Andrzej Duda asked for the support and intervention of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Andrzej Poczobut, a journalist and activist of the Polish minority in Belarus, has been in custody since March 25, 2021. On February 8, 2023, he was sentenced to eight years in a maximum-security penal colony. The sentence was delivered by Dzmitry Bubienczyk, judge of the Grodno Regional Court.
In a trial considered political, which lasted from January 16, the authorities accused Poczobut of “incitement to hatred”, and his actions of cultivating Polishness and publishing articles in the media were considered “rehabilitation of Nazism”.
Poczobut was also accused of calling for actions to the detriment of Belarus. In May Supreme Court He rejected Poczobut’s appeal and upheld the verdict.
Activists, journalists and oppositionists on the “extremist list”
There are currently 3,520 people on the list of extremists of the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs, writes the defense center human rights Viasna. The latest version of the “extremist list” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs includes the following names: Paweł Mażejko, an activist, journalist and historian from Grodno.
Among those detained is also Dzmitry Mastawy, who allegedly organized a stream from the airport in Machuliszcze, where the Russian A-50 plane was damaged. The list also includes lawyer Julia Jurhilewicz and the son of an opposition politician, Arciom Labiedźka.
The list includes one Polish citizen – Robert Tąpała, who was sentenced by a Belarusian court this summer for “insulting a representative of the authorities.”
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