Fundraising to support victims of repression in Belarus

BYSOL fundraising

In conditions of political persecution, threats to human freedom, life and health we help families to leave Belarus safely and quickly.

In Belarus, more than 700 people ended up in prisons because they did not want to turn the blind eye to the terrible actions of the authorities. Support is needed not only for them but also for their families.

Private fundraising

After the 2020 protests, my wife was fired from her job and began to be pressured: endless subpoenas to the police and the prosecutor's office. She was sentenced under Article 369 of the Criminal Code for a year and a half of chemo with a referral. Because of the repression and pressure on my family — we were completely deprived of financial income.

My mother, Larissa Kuzmenko, was detained on August 6, 2021 for the events of September 27, 2020. She was helping people during the protests. Mom was diagnosed with a depressive-stress condition with claustrophobic syndrome. On December 2, 2021, Mom was sentenced to 2 years in a general population prison.

Initiatives

Fundraising to support the families of the defendants in the “Rabochag Rukh” case, who are accused of treason, attempted seizure of power and creation of an extremist organization.

Fundraising to support independent journalists and media in Belarus who have suffered from repression. We pay scholarships and grants, support editorial staff. Journalism is not a crime!

Fund´s statistics

На 24 августа 2021 года

  • 247 people received aid in emergency relocation
  • 1 361 dismissed people were supported
  • 133 fundraisers posted on the website
  • 200 families of political prisoners received aid
  • 20+ initiatives supported by BYSOL
  • 114 veterans received aid
  • 166 courtyard applications received aid
  • 14 strike committees received aid

News

Will the perpetrators of torture be punished? What is universal jurisdiction?

Belarusian human rights defenders use the mechanism of universal jurisdiction to punish the police and riot police officers who tortured people at the protests in August and continue to torture them to this day for crimes against humanity. Let's try to understand how universal criminal jurisdiction works.

Important post about security

In helping yards, the most important thing for BYSOL has always been and will be safety. For this reason, only 2 people in the fund are working on receiving and verifying applications.

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