prisoner's death

Statement of the Belarusian human rights community on the death of political prisoner Ihar Lednik


As it became known on February 20, 2024, 63-year-old political prisoner Ihar Lednik died in the Minsk regional hospital. He was brought there from the Babrujsk colony, where he was serving his sentence. Doctors tried to resuscitate him, but to no avail. Ihar Lednik had group II disability due to heart disease, as well as other chronic diseases. In the colony, his health deteriorated significantly, and he underwent a gastrointestinal surgery.


Statement by the human rights community of Belarus on the death of political prisoner Vadzim Khrasko


On the night of January 8–9, 2024, 50-year-old political prisoner Vadzim Khrasko died of pneumonia in the Vitsba colony. He was taken from the colony to the hospital, but the doctors were no longer able to save him. Representatives of the Belarusian human rights community issued a joint statement on this issue. 


Joint Statement from Belarus human rights defenders’ community on the death in prison of artist Aleś Puškin


It became known on 11 July 2023 that the Belarusian political prisoner, artist Aleś Puškin [Ales Pushkin] died in the hospital’s intensive care unit. According to reports, he developed peritonitis due to untimely medical care, resulting in a septic condition and multiple organ failure.


We demand to investigate Klimovich's death and the lack of proper medical care in the colonies


Statement by the human rights community of Belarus

On May 7, 2023, it was reported that political prisoner Mikalai Klimovich died in Penal Colony No. 3, Vićba town. He was convicted under Article 368 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus (“insulting the president”). At present, the cause of death and other circumstances leading to this tragedy are unknown. In light of another political prisoner's death in Belarus, we believe it is necessary to make the following statement.

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