#FreedomLetters: Lithuanian MFA and Viasna arrange event of solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners Photo

2021 2021-11-21T14:02:51+0300 2021-11-21T14:04:36+0300 en https://spring96.org/files/images/sources/future_of_democracy_3.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On November 20, within the framework of the Future of Democracy Forum in Vilnius, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry and Viasna arranged an event of signing postcards for Belarusian political prisoners #FreedomLetters.

The action was launched by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis who wrote a postcard to the 19-year-old political prisoner Vitaliya Bandarenka, who was sentenced to four years in prison for participating in last year’s post-election protests.

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Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis sending a postcard to political prisoner Vitaliya Bandarenka

Landsbergis recorded a video appeal urging everyone to join the action:

  • write and send a postcard or a letter to a political prisoner in Belarus;
  • take a photo and post it on social media;
  • use the hashtag #FreedomLetters.

During the forum, dozens of diplomats and human rights defenders wrote postcards with words of support to Belarusian political prisoners, including imprisoned members of Viasna: Ales Bialiatski, Uladzimir Labkovich, Valiantsin Stefanovich, Marfa Rabkova, Leanid Sudalenka, Tatsiana Lasitsa and Andrei Chapiuk.

Lithuanian MP Laima Andrikienė writing a postcard to human rights defender Leanid Sudalenka
Lithuanian MP Laima Andrikienė writing a postcard to human rights defender Leanid Sudalenka

Žygimantas Pavilionis, chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee at the Seimas
Žygimantas Pavilionis, chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee at the Seimas

Vytis Jurkonis, Project Director at Freedom House and head of Vilnius office
Vytis Jurkonis, Project Director at Freedom House and head of Vilnius office

Russian economist Sergei Guriev
Russian economist Sergei Guriev

Nathan Law Kwun-chung, an activist and politician from Hong Kong
Nathan Law Kwun-chung, an activist and politician from Hong Kong

Bo Tedards, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy
Bo Tedards, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy


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