EU Concerned over Alexander Kazulin’s State of Health

2006 2006-11-28T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Former candidate for presidency, a political prisoner Alexander Kazulin continues hunger strike for the 40th day. The European Union has expressed concern over his state of health, reports Charter’97. It is said in the statement of Finnish government (the presiding country in the EU), distributed by the EU press-service. It is emphasized in the document that the Belarusian authorities are “fully responsible for providing proper medical care for A. Kazulin”. Finnish government also expresses concern over the fact that Kazulin’s family, his lawyer and German Ambassador to Belarus have been denied a meeting with the imprisoned politician. “The EU has many times called upon the Belarusian authorities to release Kazulin and other political prisoners”, the statement reads. Ukraine and Moldova have joined the statement of the EU.

As we have informed, on November 27 Alexander Kazulin’s wife addressed the international community with a request to save her husband from death as a result of the hunger strike.

“Today the life of my husband Alexander Kazulin depends on each of you,” Iryna Kazulina’s statement reads. “He continues the hunger strike against the dictatorial regime of illegitimate president Alexander Lukashenka for the 39th day. (Today is the 40th day – Charter’97). A. Kazulin had been sentenced to 5,5 years of prison for his political believes.

“There is a protracted constitutional crisis in the country. The situation with human rights in the county is critical. The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on the initiative of the
US, Canada and the EU has adopted a resolution on human rights violations in Belarus. I am very thankful for this step forward. My husband is convinced that only the UN Security Council can influence the changes in the country. Belarus is a full-fledged member of the UN, and is to follow the decisions of the UN Security Council. That is why A. Kazulin asks at least one of the countries of the G8 to propose to bring up the Belarusian question in the UN Security Council. Today I appeal to you despairingly to do everything in your power, otherwise my husband, who had dared to oppose the dictatorship, can die!” the wife of the former candidate for presidency writes.

Alexander Kazulin continues the hunger strike since October 20. He protests against Lukashenka’s illegal tenure in power and demands to consider the Belarusian problem in the UN Security Council.

The political prisoner has lost 30 kilograms of weight over the 8 months of imprisonment, and he is in a grave condition. The politician insists he will not stop the hunger strike until his main demand, consideration of the situation in
Belarus at the UN Security Council session, is fulfilled.

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