New forms of repressions against free speech and freedom of assembly in Belarus
The statement calls the detentions and arrests of Belarusian citizens for participation in peaceful assemblies "a gross violation of human rights and the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus". Pavel Sevyarynets, Zmitser Paliyenka, Nasta Huseva were detained without any reason prior to the planned protests. Their relatives and colleagues had no information about their whereabouts.
The right-centrists leaders said the actions of the Belarusian authorities can be "equated to the abduction of political activists, as the security forces who committed the capture and hold the people in unacknowledged detention, violated their basic rights as citizens".
Vital Rymasheuski (BCD), Mikalai Kazlou (UCP), Yury Hubarevich ("For Freedom") call the attention of human rights defenders and the international community to the fact that for the first time the Belarusian authorities have used the repressive legislation and arrested the suspects in administrative cases for three days as pre-trial detention, without presenting any charges and without being able to communicate with their relatives or lawyers, without access to justice. They also called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately stop the attempt to unwinding of the next round of repressions against political and civil society in Belarus.