18 May 2023
Over 100 Nobel Laureates join PEN International in support of Nobel Peace Prize winner Ales Bialiatski
21 May 2023 – PEN International, the literary and free expression organisation, has released a letter signed by 103 Nobel Laureates, expressing solidarity with writer, human rights defender, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and PEN member Ales Bialiatski, and condemning the Belarusian authorities’ brutal, relentless, and systematic crackdown on independent voices. Today marks the International Day of Solidarity with Prisoners of Conscience in Belarus.
17 May 2023
Chronicle of human rights violations in the sphere of culture (1-15 May 2023)
As of 15 May 2023, 130 cultural workers, including 30 People of the Word, were behind bars.
2 May 2023
Chronicle of human rights violations in the sphere of culture (15-30 April 2023)
As of 30 April 2023, 131 cultural workers were behind bars, including 30 People of the Word.
17 April 2023
Chronicle of human rights violations in the sphere of culture (1-15 April 2023)
As of 15 April 2023, 135 cultural workers, including 28 People of the Word, were behind bars.
2 April 2023
Chronicle of human rights violations in the sphere of culture (March 15–31, 2023)
As of 31 March 2023, 137 cultural workers were behind bars, including 28 People of the Word.
16 March 2023
Chronicle of human rights violations in the sphere of culture (March 1–15, 2023)
Chronicle of human rights violations in the sphere of culture (March 1–15, 2023).
15 March 2023
PEN International calls to release writer and journalist Andzej Poczobut
Writer and journalist Andrzej Poczobut is serving an eight-year sentence in a medium-security penal colony on trumped up charges of inciting hatred and encouraging sanctions aimed at harming the national security of Belarus. A dual Belarusian-Polish national, Poczobut was arbitrarily detained on 25 March 2021 and spent almost two years behind bars before his unfair sentencing. He is said to have serious health problems and to be routinely denied access to correspondence, especially in Polish. According to his family, he was recently sent to solitary confinement for seven days. The reason for this punishment is not yet known.
3 March 2023
PEN Centers Condemn Belarusian Court’s Verdict in Trial of Writer Ales Bialiacki
PEN America, PEN Belarus, PEN Armenia, and PEN Moscow Make Joint Statement on International Writers for Peace Day.
3 March 2023
Joint PEN International and PEN Belarus statement in solidarity with Ales Bialiatski
3 March: Today a court in Minsk sentenced writer, Nobel Peace Prize winner and PEN Belarus member Ales Bialiatski to 10 years in prison on trumped up charges of smuggling, and organising and financing actions that grossly violate public order. Bialiatski was tried alongside two colleagues from the Viasna Human Rights Centre (Viasna) – Board Member Valiantsin Stefanovich and lawyer Uladzimir Labkovich – who were sentenced to nine years and seven years in prison, respectively. A fourth member of Viasna, Zmister Salauyou, was tried in absentia and sentenced to eight years in prison.
3 March 2023
Right for Culture. Belarus 2022
VIOLATIONS OF CULTURAL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS OF CULTURE FIGURES. MONITORING RESULTS. BELARUS, 2022