World Letter Marathon in Support of Political Prisoners
On 10 December, Human Rights Day, an International Marathon of Letters-Writing was held in Poland and in almost 40 other countries of the world. In its framework people wrote letters in support of prisoners of repressed for peaceful expression of their views. This year Poland citizens have written almost 20,000 letters just within 24-hour marathon. Letters in support of citizens of China, Vietnam, Peru and Belarus have been written.
12 political prisoners stay behind bars in Belarus now:
Autukhovich, Mikalai, the leader of entrepreneurs’ movement
Dashkevich, Zmitser, the Yung Front leader
Dranchuk, Tsimafei, a member of the civil initiative on election monitoring Partnership
Klimau, Andrei, an ex-MP of the Supreme Soviet of 13th convocation
Kazulin, Aliaksandr, an ex-candidate on presidency
Kruk, Ivan, an activist of the United Civil Party
Liavonau, Iury, an activist of entrepreneurs’ movement
Razumau, Mikalai, an activist of trade-union movement
Seviarynets, Pavel, a youth leader
Statkevich, Mikalai, the leader of the Belarusian social-democratic party Narodnaia Hramada
Finkevich, Arthur, a youth leader
Sadouskaia, Katsyaryna, a human rights activist
The idea of such a letter-writing emerged in Warsaw 7 years ago. It has become an international action now. The events were held to commemorate Human Rights Day, the day chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly`s adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.