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19.04.2012

On the situation in Belarus

   

Dmitry Bondarenko and Andrei Sannikov

We welcome the long awaited release of former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov and his authorized representative, Coordinator of the "European Belarus" Dmitri Bondarenko.

We must, however, point out that at least 13 Belarusian political prisoners - Ihar Alienevich, Mikalai Autukhovich, Ales Bialiatski, Dzmitry Dashkevich, Mikalai Dziadok, Aliaksandr Frantskevich, Siarhei Kavalenka, Eduard Lobau, Artsiom Prakapenka, Pavel Seviarynets, Mikalai Statkevich, Pavel Syramalotau and Yauhen Vaskovich -  are still being held in prisons and other places of detention. There must be an end to persecution of all Belarusian opposition politicians, civil and human rights activists. 

We urge the Belarusian authorities to immediately release all political prisoners and withdraw the charges against them. We are convinced that prosecutions over the events of 19 December 2010, are not in keeping with international standards for a fair trial, and the sentences passed were politically motivated.  We also call for an immediate moratorium on the use of the death sentence.

Marek Migalski, Member of European Parliament, Poland

 Marieluise Beck, Member of Bundestag, Germany

Andres Herkel, Member of Riigikogu, Estonia

Lyudmila Alexeeva, Moscow Helsinki Group, Russia

Valiantsin Stefanovich, Human Rights Centre Viasna, Belarus

Lars Bünger, Libereco - Partnership for Human Rights, Germany, Switzerland

Irina Bogdanova, Free Belarus Now, United Kingdom

Natalia Koliada, Nikolai Khalezin, Free Belarus Theatre, United Kingdom

Irina Krasovskaya, Valeriya Krasovskaya, Civil Initiative “We Remember”, Netherlands

Dzmitry Barodka, European Belarus, Belarus

Nasta Palazhanka, Young Front, Belarus

Belarusian Tribunal, Netherlands

Anna Gerasimova, Belarusian Human Rights House in Vilnius, Lithuania

Olga Sadovskaya, Committee Against Torture, Russia

Lilia Shibanova, NGO for Democratic Rights and Liberties "GOLOS", Russia

Аndrey Kalikh, Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, Russia

ARTICLE 19, United Kingdom

Civic Belarus, Czech Republik

Jevgeni Krishtafovitsh , MTU "Avatud Vabariik",   Estonia

Mart Nutt , Estonian institute of human rights, Estonia

Sergey Ustinov, Belarus

Andrei Blinushov, Human Rights in Russia, Russia

Natalia Shcherbata, Ukrainian Women Bar Association Bazhan, Ukraine

Halyna Coynash, Kharkiv Human Rights Group, Ukraine

Intigam Aliyev, Legal Education Society also to support, Azerbaijan

Alla Tyutyunnyk, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, Ukraine

Men’s Adaptation Center, Ukraine

Abdujalil Boymatov, Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan, Ireland

Nadejda Atayeva, Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, France

 

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