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Belarus: Further information: Ihar Bantsar released pending appeal

, Index number: EUR 49/4140/2021

Punk musician, Ihar Bantsar, was sentenced on 19 March to one and a half years of restricted freedom in an open correctional facility. He was jailed on 20 October 2020 for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and went on hunger strike on 3 March to protest against his prolonged detention. Ihar Bantsar was released from court on 19 March, pending his appeal, and was able to return home.