UN human rights chief concerned about sentencing of political opponents in Belarus

The four year prison sentence an anti-government protester in Belarus received is being labelled as harsh by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Vasil Parfyankou

Vasil Parfyankou

Vasil Parfyankou was one of many arrested while participating in a rally protesting the outcome of the presidential elections in December. He was found guilty of participating in mass disorder. UN Human rights chief Navi Pillay said in a statement that his sentence is troubling.

“The prosecution and sentencing are particularly troubling given that he, together with dozens of other opposition activists, is facing trial for exercising his right to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.”

Pillay goes on to say that “the continued detention of political opponents, harassment of civil society and intimidation of the independent media are serious human rights violations.”

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