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Belarus Releases Political Prisoner, Continues to Muzzle Critics

Washington

 Following Belarus’ release of Mikalay Autukhovich, an opposition candidate in the country’s 2004 parliamentary elections and then a target of government harassment, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“We are relieved that Autukhovich can return home after five years of baseless detention in President Alexander Lukashenka’s prisons,” said Robert Herman, vice president for regional programs at Freedom House. “It is deplorable that he will be subject to 16 months of  so-called ‘preventative police supervision.’ Lukashenka has little interest in fair play. He’s muzzling his critics and trying to divert attention by holding events such as 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship.”

Belarus is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2013, and Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about Belarus, visit:
Initiative for Belarusian Political Prisoners
Freedom in the World 2013: Belarus
Freedom on the Net 2013: Belarus
Freedom of the Press 2013: Belarus
Nations in Transit 2013: Belarus
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