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Woman human rights defender Nasta Loika sentenced to another 15 days administrative arrest

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On September 7, 2022, woman human rights defender Nasta Loika was sentenced to 15 days of administrative arrest, on “petty hooliganism” charges, a violation under Article 19.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences. The previous day, on 6 September 2022, Belarusian law enforcement officials arrested and detained the defender near the premises of the Minsk City Court.

About Nasta Loika

Nasta Loika is a prominent Belarusian woman human rights defender working in the field of human rights education. She also addresess repressive “anti-extremist” laws, and advocates for the protection of the migrants and stateless people rights in Belarus. In the summer of 2021, Belarusian authorities shut down the organisation where Nasta Loika previously worked for - Human Constanta - which promoted public interests and joint actions in response to modern challenges in the field of human rights, as a part of an orchestrated attack against the civil society in the country.

22 September 2022
Woman human rights defender Nasta Loika sentenced to another 15 days administrative arrest

On 22 September 2022, Frunze District Court in Misnk sentenced woman human rights defender Nasta Loika to another 15 days administrative arrest on “petty hooliganism” charges, a violation under Article 19.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences. On 21 September 2022, her colleagues reported that she was not released from detention. On 7 September 2022, Nasta Loika was already sentenced to 15 days of administrative arrest on the same charges.

Nasta Loika is a prominent Belarusian woman human rights defender working in the field of human rights education. She also addresess repressive “anti-extremist” laws, and advocates for the protection of the migrants and stateless people rights in Belarus. In the summer of 2021, Belarusian authorities shut down the organisation where Nasta Loika previously worked for - Human Constanta - which promoted public interests and joint actions in response to modern challenges in the field of human rights, as a part of an orchestrated attack against the civil society in the country.

On 22 September 2022, Frunze District Court in Misnk sentenced woman human rights defender Nasta Loika to another 15-days administrative arrest on “petty hooliganism” charges, a violation under Article 19.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences. The woman human rights defender was not present in court, and she also did not have access to her lawyer, as the court denied the motion to invite Nasta Loika’s attorney. The only person who was invited to be present during the hearing was a law enforcement officer. According to his testimony, the law enforcement officers were informed about Nasta Loika’s participation in public protests and they needed to question her about her involvement. When the woman human rights defender was released, the police officers detained her, and brought her to Frunze District Police Precinct. The law enforcement officer stated that Nasta Loika behaved “erratically,” requested to stop the car, exited the veichle, screamed, and knocked the folders out of the hands of the law enforcement officers. Nasta Loika denied any wrongdoings.

On 21 September 2022, colleagues and attorney of woman human rights defender Nasta Loika reported that she was not released from her scheduled 15 days administrative detention. It remains unclear where she is currently being detained. It is also being reported that during the time of Nasta Loika’s detention, she was undable to receive any medication, warm clothes, and hygene items due to the transfer services interruption to Okrestina Detention Center.

On 7 September 2022, Nasta Loika was already sentenced to 15 days of administrative arrest on “petty hooliganism” charges, a violation under Article 19.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences. On 6 September 2022, Belarusian law enforcement officials arrested and detained woman human rights defender Nasta Loika near the premises of the Minsk City Court. The arrest of the human rights defender occurred as she was leaving a court hearing on the “Revolutionary Action.” This concerned the sentencing of a group of individuals, including woman human rights defender Maria Rabkova, who was sentenced to 15 years of prison, and human rights defender Andrey Chiapyk, who was sentenced to 6 years of prison. Despite the fact that the court hearing was held behind closed doors, people gathered outside to show them support.

Front Line Defenders is gravely concerned about the lack of information on the whereabouts of woman human rights defender Nasta Loika and calls upon the Belarusian authorities to immediately release her from detention. Front Line Defenders believes that the woman human rights defender is being repeatedly targeted for her peaceful human rights work. Her earlier arrest is part of the increasing attacks against Belarus's human rights defenders and civil society by Belarusian authorities.

13 September 2022
Women Human Rights Defender Nasta Loika sentenced to 15 days of administrative arrest

On September 7, 2022, woman human rights defender Nasta Loika was sentenced to 15 days of administrative arrest, on “petty hooliganism” charges, a violation under Article 19.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences. The previous day, on 6 September 2022, Belarusian law enforcement officials arrested and detained the defender near the premises of the Minsk City Court.

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Nasta Loika is a prominent Belarusian woman human rights defender working in the field of human rights education. She also addresess repressive “anti-extremist” laws, and advocates for the protection of the migrants and stateless people rights in Belarus. In the summer of 2021, Belarusian authorities shut down the organisation where Nasta Loika previously worked for - Human Constanta - which promoted public interests and joint actions in response to modern challenges in the field of human rights, as a part of an orchestrated attack against the civil society in the country.

On 7 September 2022, Nasta Loika was sentenced to 15 days of administrative arrest, on “petty hooliganism” charges, a violation under Article 19.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences. She is being held at the Offender Isolation Center for Administrative Detainees “Okrestina”. On 6 September 2022, Belarusian law enforcement officials arrested and detained woman human rights defender Nasta Loika near the premises of the Minsk City Court. The arrest of the human rights defender occurred as she was leaving a court hearing on the “Revolutionary Action.” This concerned the sentencing of a group of individuals, including woman human rights defender Maria Rabkova, who was sentenced to 15 years of prison, and human rights defender Andrey Chiapyk, who was sentenced to 6 years of prison. Despite the fact that the court hearing was held behind closed doors, people gathered outside to show them support.

This is not the first time that Belarusian authorities have targeted Nasta Loika for her human rights work. Since August 2021, she has been a suspect in a criminal case against Human Rights Center “Viasna” concerning tax evasion. On 13 August 2021, she was arrested and brought in for questioning to the Belarus State Control Committee’s Department of Financial Investigations. On the same day, her apartment was raided and she ended up spending 72 hours in detention.

Front Line Defenders is gravely concerned about the arrest, detention, and lack of information on the whereabouts of woman human rights defender Nasta Loika. Front Line Defenders believes that the woman human rights defender is being repeatedly targeted for her peaceful human rights work. Her arrest is part of the increasing attacks against Belarus's human rights defenders and civil society by Belarusian authorities.