Maksim Znak 

Belarusian lawyer imprisoned for ten years for his professional activities

Civil campaign "Stop torturing Maksim Znak" has already been supported by a number of professional communities from around the world:


Lithuanian Bar Association

The poster "Stop torturing Maksim Znak" in December was printed in the magazine "ADVOKATAS", No. 5, 2023.


Swedish Bar Association


Warsaw Bar Association 

Resolution against torture of Maksim Znak:

Publication in support of the public campaign:


German Bar Association


Paris Bar Association

Letter to Belarusian authorities to end incommunicado and stop torturing Maksim Znak:


Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE)

Link to campaign website under "Defence of the defenders" (Other Initiatives, for December 2023) on the CCBE website:


International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) 

Open letter to Belarusian authorities to end incommunicado of Maksim Znak:

Publications on social media of IBAHRI in support of the public campaign:


Lawyers for Lawyers

Open statement of joining the demand to stop the torture of Maksim Znak:

Publication on social media in support of the public campaign:


International Observatory of Lawyers


Belarusian project on advocacy "Right to defenсe"


Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House


Belarusian Association of Human Rights Lawyers


Belarusian Human Rights Center "Viasna"



In addition to publications on websites and social networks demanding an end to the torture of Maksim Znak, a number of letters with such a demand were also sent to the Belarusian authorities.


Together with the solidarity of the professional community, Belarusian musicians and other creative people came out in support of Maksim Znak with a demand to stop torture. Their video messages are posted in a special section of this public campaign on the Youtube channel:


The public campaign “Stop torturing Maksim Znak” was launched in December 2023. The goal is to achieve an end to the torture of Maksim Znak in a penal colony in Belarus. First of all, to stop keeping him incommunicado, which has been going on since February 2023. So that the authorities allow him access to a lawyer and restore the possibility of correspondence with his family. So that people can know what is happening to Maksim.

The lawyers who defended Maksim are deprived of the right to practice in Belarus. Appeals from Maksim's relatives are ignored by the authorities. In this case, the public cannot remain on the sidelines. People inside Belarus are deprived of the opportunity to speak out publicly, but people outside Belarus can do so freely.

We are sincerely grateful to everyone who supports the demands to stop the torture of Maxim Znak and addresses this to the authorities of Belarus. These demands are unconditional and legal. Every voice matters. The louder our common voice sounds, the more difficult it is for the authorities to ignore it.


Read about the campaign and how to support it at the following links in your preferred language:

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