Political Prisoners

  • There is no conventional definition of a political prisoner. Commonly, political prisoners are considered to be those who are imprisoned for their political activities, especially, for  criticizing their country’s political authorities or advocating for change of power.   In October 2012, PACE was the first major intergovernmental organization which adopted criteria for determining who can be considered a political prisoner. Thus, a person can be considered a political prisoner if he (or she) fits criteria as follows:

  • The scope of measures state bodies take on the eve of electoral campaigns and methods they use are “astonishing” in their variety and range.

    Several Belarusian youth activists are about to be recruited to military service. Paval Siarhei and Mikhail Muski risk experiencing the rather insecure situation of “political conscription”. 
  • The following day Dzmitry Uss, former presedential candidate was released, state media reported that "Lukashenka pardoned some of the prisoners convicted for the "street riots" in Minsk on December 19, 2010.

    Dzmitry Uss released October 1 from prison hospital, when he was recently held.

    Recall, Dzmitry Uss has been detained on the night after presedential elections. Was kept in KGB jail for the day and then released. Charged under article 293.
  • Ex-candidate on the presedential elections, political prisoner Dzmitry Uss’s been transferred to the medical center in the detention center on Valadarsky street in Minsk. As the result of the medical commission there, prisoners disability group has changed from third to second, as the wife of former candidate for presidency said.

    Uss was taken to the magnetic resonans tomography accompanied by the head doctor of the prison and its governor. The prisoner must be examined by high-level expert the other day.   Uss lawyer sent a demand to find out the true state of health of his client and give his relatives the answer, if he is needed in immediate and serious treatment. Prisoners mother managed to get a 30-minute meeting with her son. Dzmitry Uss looks very thin and tired, according to her.


  • Franz Thönnes, a member of the German Bundestag from the Social Democratic Party (SPD) parliamentary group and a member of the German Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, takes over a prisoner’s godparenthood for Mikola Statkevich.

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