Secretary General of Christian Democratic Union (Germany) Demands to Release Political Prisoners in Belarus

2006 2006-11-10T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”


The Secretary General of the Christian Democratic Union, a deputy of Bundestag Ronald Poffala has appealed to release all political prisoners in Belarus immediately and called for respect of rule-of-law state’s principles. This appeal was stated yesterday at the opening ceremony of Belarusian-German Forum in Minsk. During the visit to Minsk Ronald Poffala met the leader of the united opposition Aliaksandr Milinkevich.

Mr Poffala stated that the leadership of Germany is against violence and dictatorship, and this position caused visa sanctions by the EU against a number of Belarusian officials. He said ‘it is a strong signal for those concerned. This signal means that you are kept an eye on. Your names are registered in files, and it would be better to stop crack down on freedom and democracy today, then tomorrow.’ Mr Poffala assured that the EU and Germany would support those who advocate free Belarus and will impose sanctions against those who prevent that.