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We are working on an Outcome UA but we're not sure we’ll be able to share it before the end of today we wanted to share the good news that Belarusian human rights defender Nasta Loika was released yesterday, 6 October.

Thanks so much to all those who campaigned and advocated on her behalf.

Human rights defender arbitrarily detained

AI-Index: EUR 49/6061/2022

Belarusian human rights defender Nasta Loika has been arbitrarily detained since 6 September on trumped up charges of «petty hooliganism». She is being denied access to her lawyer, warm clothing, and basic necessities, as well as to the medical care she requires. Nasta Loika is being targeted solely for her human rights activism and must be immediately released.


Nasta Loika is a prominent Belarusian human rights defender and educator, focusing on human rights violations resulting from the repressive «anti-extremist» legislation in Belarus, the protection of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Belarus, and on human rights education.

Nasta Loika was arbitrarily detained on 6 September 2022 as she was leaving the Minsk City Court after attending the hearing where human rights defenders Marfa Rabkova, Andrei Chapyuk and their eight co-defendants were handed lengthy prison sentences on fabricated charges. On 7 September, Nasta Loika was sentenced to 15 days in detention, purportedly for «petty hooliganism», a violation under Article 19.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences. Nasta Loika has committed no crime and she is being targeted in retaliation for her work. On 22 September, the Frunzenski District Court of Minsk sentenced her again to 15 days in detention on the same charges.

The hearing on 22 September was online, and Nasta Loika was not allowed to attend. She has also been denied access to her lawyer. The authorities have also refused her medical treatment that she needs, and basic necessities, including warm clothes and drinking water.

This is not the first time that Nasta Loika has faced persecution for her human rights activism – since August 2021, she remains a suspect in a criminal case related to the activities of the Human Rights Center Viasna.

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