Open statement in connection with the detention of Belarusian lawyers Ilya Salei and Maksim Znak

More than 60 civil society organisations and actors, including Human Rights House Foundation, have signed an open letter expressing deep concern at the detention of lawyers Ilya Salei and Maksim Znak on September 9, 2020, in Belarus, in a criminal case which is undeniably politically motivated.

We consider this to be a gross violation of professional rights and privileges and improper interference with their professional legal activities and with their rights to express professional opinions, as established by international legal standards. This case is a direct consequence of a dire situation, problems and violations of professional rights of attorneys and lawyers and overall functioning of the legal profession in the Republic of Belarus. These problems were highlighted by both international organizations and representatives of the legal community before.

Read the full statement in English and in Russian.


Top photo: Ilya Salei and Maksim Znak. Photo: officelife.media

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