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“Mothers 328” go on hunger strike

On 24 April a group of mothers of people convicted under Article 328 started a hunger strike. They demanded a meeting with the president Łukašenka as they believed he "does not have the information on the situation". Legalize Belarus watched the protest and collected...

Piotr Markiełaŭ spent 3 days arrested for a fake protest

On 17 May Legalize Belarus website legalize.by was blocked by decision of the Ministry of Information (MI) after they received a request from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). That was the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, when...

Women’s Hunger Strike in Belarus Protests Harsh Anti-Marijuana Laws

More than a dozen Belarusian women have participated in a hunger strike for 10 days, hoping for the release of their sons, husbands, grandsons, and other relatives from imprisonment or drug-related charges. The “Mothers 328,” named after Article 328 of the Belarusian...

Young People and Mothers Fight Together to End the War on Drugs

Brave young people had enough of harsh drug laws in Belarus and fight back. They found allies in the mothers of drug convicts, who went on hunger strike to demand an end to the war on their sons. Drugreporter: How would you describe the illicit drug market in Belarus?...

Street picket for decriminalisation and trials

On 2 April 2018, timed to coincide with the beginning of the spring Parliament session, at 16:20 14 Legalize Belarus activists went to the building of the Parliament holding letters of the word “decriminalisation”. The whole action lasted about 1 minute. No one were...

Thousands Languish in Prison for Cannabis Possession in Belarus

The text was originally published on TalkingDrugs. Belarus is an Eastern European country blessed with a rich cultural heritage and a scenic landscape, but its people are subject to some of the most repressive drug policies on the continent. The country is ruled by...

7 motivators on how to live without hurting others

Activists of education and advocacy civic campaign Legalize Belarus shared personal motivators they are driven by. Get inspired! Photo credits — Karalina Palakova. Stas Šašok: Don’t be afraid to speak! Most of the convicted didn’t do harm to anyone. Thousands of...

BelarusDigest: Cannabis Reform in Belarus?

On 17 February 2018, a group of young Belarusians holding a banner reading ‘Legalize Belarus’ gathered on Independence Avenue in the heart of Minsk. The group was campaigning for the legalisation of marijuana in Belarus, a proposition that, at least for now, seems...

Belarusian Christian Democracy against Legalize Belarus

Belarusian Christian Democracy (BCD) is a political organisation in Belarus, that is often considered to be a part of "systemic opposition", a group of political actors taking part in what is formally called elections. By and large, such groups are not supported by...

End the Drug War Viciebsk

This is the eighth and the last planned Legalize Belarus landing. Lecture on the War on Drugs and hate speech towards drug users and people with addiction disorders took place in the Beatles Club in Viciebsk, the northern capital of Belarus. Local Human Rights...

Street picket in Minsk for decriminalisation

On 17 February 2018, the day before local election day, Legalize Belarus activists organised the first picket for decriminalisation of small amounts of controlled substances. The picket was held in the centre of Minsk, near Kastryčnickaja płošča. Activists brought a...

4 activists fined €600 for the Hemp Kaliada

Soon after the first trial on Piotr Markiełaŭ for organisation of Hemp Kaliada, when the case was sent back to police department, 4 Legalize Belarus activists received subpoenas. All four (Piotr Markiełaŭ, Stas Šašok, Michaś Varancoŭ and Julija Švabovič) were accused...