Partners’ statements


Journalist Andrei Tolchyn recognized as political prisoner

On November 16, several human rights and media organizations released a joint statement recognizing journalist Andrei Tolchyn as a political prisoner.


The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Belarusian court’s sentencing of journalist Larysa Shchyrakova

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Belarusian court’s sentencing of journalist Larysa Shchyrakova to 3.5 years in prison for allegedly discrediting the country and facilitating extremism.


"A parody of justice". Foreign human rights defenders commented on the harsh sentence of the Belarusian journalist

In response to a Belarusian court sentencing journalist Pavel Padabed to four years in prison on Friday, June 30, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement.


IPI denounces designation of Zerkalo as “extremist formation”

The International Press Institute (IPI) and its global network today denounce the decision by authorities in Belarus to designate Zerkalo, the country’s most popular independent news site, as an “extremist formation”.


Belarusian journalist Yauhen Merkis sentenced to 4 years in prison

In response to a Belarusian court sentencing journalist Yauhen Merkis to four years in prison on Tuesday, May 30, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the statement.


Civil society groups reaffirm continued solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners

Today, marking the Day of the Political Prisoner in Belarus, the undersigned organisations reiterate our condemnation of the Lukashenko regime's ruthless crackdown on civil society and independent media. We continue to stand in solidarity with courageous Belarusians who persist in their fight for freedom. The international community will keep demanding the unconditional release of all political prisoners.  


Journalists Padabed and Lazarau recognised as political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community


Belarusian Association of Journalists designated as “extremist formation”



OSCE, Reporters Without Borders, EFJ, and other iNGOs react to declaring BAJ extremist formation

On February 28, the Belarusian State Security Committee recognized the Belarusian Association of Journalists as an extremist formation. BAJ was the first Belarusian human rights organization to be “awarded” such a status. The international community is outraged by such a decision by the Belarusian authorities.


Joint statement in the run-up to the verdict in the Viasna case

Paris-Geneva, March 2, 2023 – Tomorrow, the Leninsky District Court in Minsk is expected to hand down its verdict in the case of Viasna leaders Ales Bialiatski, Valiantsin Stefanovic and Uladzimir Labkovich. On the eve of the verdict, the signatory organisations reiterate their calls to release the human rights defenders and drop all charges against them.


International Press Institute condemns criminal action against TUT.BY journalists

Editor-in-chief and executive director accused of 'incitement to hatred'


EFJ: Belarus: journalist Katsiaryna Andreeva sentenced to 8 years for alleged treason

Белорусская журналистка  Екатерина Андреева , корреспондент польского независимого телеканала «  Белсат» , 13 июля была приговорена к восьми годам лишения свободы по обвинению в государственной измене. Европейская  федерация журналистов  (EFJ) осуждает эту пародию на правосудие и призывает власти Беларуси прекратить преследование и преследование работников СМИ и освободить всех журналистов, осужденных за свою работу.