Opening of the closed trial in Homiel, 24 June 2021
The closed trial of Mikalai Statkevich, leader of our member party in Belarus, Narodnaya Hramada, NH, has resumed after a break since 4 November. The closed trial, which began on 24 June this year, is taking place inside Homiel, the prison where he is being held. Mikalai Statkevich, who has been denied his rights throughout the trial and has no access to legal representation or defence, has been incarcerated for almost a year and a half.
Political prisoners, Siarhei Tsikhanouski, Ihar Losik, Uladzimir Tsyhanovich, Dzmitry Papou and Artsiom Sakau, all of whom have also been in jail for more than a year, are also being tried.