Prosecution of Belarusian journalists Ekaterina Bakhvalova and Daria Chultsova violates their right to freedom of expression
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Katsiaryna Barysevich (R), journalist for the website, and Artyom Sorokin (L, background), a doctor who is accused of releasing the deceased protester's medical information to the media, sit inside a defendant's cage during their trial in Minsk, Belarus, 19 February 2021, RAMIL NASIBULIN/BELTA/AFP via Getty Images

The charges stemmed from a November 2020 article about the death of activist Roman Bondarenko during a protest calling for the resignation of President Aleksandr Lukashenko.

“Where violations prevail, the UN must take action. As such, it is essential that this Council puts greater accountability mechanisms in place to collect and preserve evidence of crimes under international law, and ultimately ensure that perpetrators are held accountable”.

Catarina Andreeva and Darja Chulcova, two journalists for Belsat, were each sentenced on 18 February to two years in prison for reporting live from an anti-government rally in Minsk in November.