NHC presents documentaries about Belarusian political prisoners
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee presents a series of short documentaries about present and former political prisoners in Belarus, made by local filmmakers. The intention of the documentaries is to present the persons behind the names of the prisoners to a local as well as an international audience. We believe this is important to understand why we must continue to struggle for their release.
Belarusian prisons currently hold 12 political prisoners, many of whom have been imprisoned since the crack-down against peaceful protesters in Minsk on 19 December 2010 following the flawed presidential election. Among the persons arrested were journalists, activists and opposition candidates, including 7 of the 10 candidates for the presidential election.
While many of these have since been released, others have been arrested. Among those currently imprisoned are Ales Bialiatski, head of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna”, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and laureate of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee’s Sakharov Freedom Award in 2006. More information about present and former political prisoners in Belarus can be found here.
Ales Bialiatsky, head of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights
Andrei Sannikov, one of the initiators of the civil initiative Charter’97 and presidential candidate in 2010
Zmitzer Bandarenka, Coordinator of Charter97 and campaign manager of Andrei Sannikov's election campaign 2010
Mikola Statkevich, presidential candidate in 2010
Siarhei Kavalenka, political activist
Pavel Seviarynets, journalist and political activist
Zmitzer Dashkevich, opposition politician and leader of Young Front
Nasta Palazhanka, deputy leader of Young Front
Iryna Khalip, award-winning journalist, wife of Andrei Sannikov
Mikalai Autukhovich, businessman accused of terrorism
Mikalai Dziadok, anarchist accused of terrorism
Eduard Lobau, Young Front activist
Ihar Alinevich, anarchist accused of "militant hooliganism"
Natalia Radzina, journalist
Andrei Pachobut, journalist
Vasil Parfiankow, political activist
Uladzimir Niakliaew, presidential candidate in 2010
Anton Surapin, blogger
Aliaksandr Malchanaw, political activist