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Student Activist In Belarus Vows To Seek Justice Internationally

Student activist Alyaksandr Barazenka in a court in Minsk on December 8.

Student activist Alyaksandr Barazenka in a court in Minsk on December 8.

A student activist in Belarus said today he is going to appeal to international organizations, including the UN and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, in an effort to make Belarusian authorities change his verdict.

On December 9, Alyaksandr Barazenka, an activist in the European Belarus campaign, was found guilty of "active participation in group actions grossly disturbing the public peace" and sentenced to one year of "restricted freedom" without having to go to jail.

His charges came from his participation in a demonstration held in downtown Minsk on January 10 against a government crackdown on small-business owners.

He told RFE/RL that he will now not be able to go to Poland to continue his studies at the University of Wroclaw.

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