Belarus: Journalists Alyaksandr Burakou and Uladzimir Laptsevich report being tortured in prison

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Supporters of Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya attend a protest against Lukashenka's regime, in Prague, Czech Republic, 7 June 2021, Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images

Joint call to make respect for press freedom a cornerstone of all demands towards Belarus

The hijacking of a plane and kidnapping of editor and blogger Raman Pratasevich is viewed by the free expression, press freedom and journalists’ community as the outrageous climax of a broader campaign against media freedom in Belarus that drastically intensified after the August 2020 election.

A sign posted by activists protesting human rights abuses by the Belarussian authorities, outside the embassy of Belarus in The Hague, Netherlands, 25 August 2020, Pierre Crom/Getty Images

German prosecutors reportedly to examine serious abuses by Lukashenko’s regime

The reported German inquiry does not stem from the recent forced rerouting of Raman Pratasevich’s flight but is likely the result of a criminal complaint filed in May on behalf of individuals alleging torture at the hands of Belarussian law enforcement.

A woman holds a sign with an image of Belarusian President Lukashenko that reads "Next stop: The Hague" (referring to the International Criminal Court), during a solidarity protest by Belarusians living in exile, Hamburg, Germany, 15 August 2020, Markus Scholz/picture alliance via Getty Images

Repression and resistance in Belarus: A monthly chronology

A monthly chronology of repression and resistance in Belarus, based on the work of IFEX members and other international and domestic actors.