European Parliament MP campaigns for release of Bandarenka
Member of the European Parliament dr Marek Migalski has launched today Freedom for Bandarenka website (www.bandarenka.pl). On the website you may sign the petition on behalf of Mr. Bandarenka and urge Aleksandr Lukashenka and the governor of prison in which Bandarenka is being detained to stop persecutions against him and other political prisoners.
On April 27, Dzmitry Bandarenka was sentenced by a Minsk court to two years in a penal colony for participating in a demonstration on 19 December 2010. During the 2010 elections, he served as Andrej Sannikau's representative and as coordinator of the 'European Belarus' campaign. Dzmitry Bandarenka suffers from health problems, and his condition is deteriorating every day. Bandarenka's health problems are serious: he suffers from gastric ulcers, podagra and a spinal disease. As we have learned today he is currently in a prison hospital but his health is still deteriorating. He is losing the feeling not only in his right foot but also in the left which could result in his long‑term disability.
We would like also to encourage everyone who is engaged in the situation of political prisoners in Belarus to record a short video with a words of support to Dzmitry Bandarenka and his family. The video may be recorded by a cell phone or webcam, it will be published on the website. Mr Marek Migalski and the founder and director of Belsat TV, Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy have already published their videos.
The Prisoner's Godparenthood campaign for the political prisoners in Belarus was initiated by the human rights organisation Libereco-Partnership for Human Rights to support the prisoners and their relatives. Marek Migalski, a member of the European Parliament and its Belarus-Delegation, joined the campaign. As a godparent he speaks out for the release of "his prisoner", Dzmitry Bandarenka, serves with the support to his family and acknowledges Polish and European community with the situation of Dzmitry Bandarenka and other Belarusian political prisoners. Therefore, Mr. Migalski has initiated Freedom for Bandarenka website.
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