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Good morning, this is Pip. Belarus has sentenced a number of leading opposition figures to lengthy jail terms in recent days, including Nobel peace prize laureate Ales Bialiatski. With the UN human rights council set to debate the situation in Belarus later this month, we spoke to Bialiatski’s colleagues from his organisation Viasna about the ongoing crackdown.

We’re also hearing how humanitarians are struggling to deal with the Russian militia Wagner Group, and the unprecedented financial crisis facing the ICRC.

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Ales Bialiatski, head of the Belarusian human rights organisation Viasna, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a court in Minsk last Friday. (Keystone/Vitaly Pivovarchy/BelTA pool photo via AP)

Belarus sentences Nobel laureate ahead of UN rights council debate. Nobel peace prize winner Ales Bialiatski was sentenced to ten years in prison on Friday by a court in his native Belarus as part of President Alexander Lukashenko’s ongoing crackdown on dissent. The situation in Belarus will be scrutinised at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 22 March, when UN high commissioner for human rights Volker Türk is due to deliver a report on the human rights situation in the country.

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Humanitarians mull over how to deal with Wagner. The Russian militia Wagner Group is destabilising the humanitarian sector in Geneva. Its combatants, which are neither soldiers, mercenaries nor traditional private military professionals, fall through the cracks of international law.

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