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US condemns Kazulins conviction

2006 2006-07-17T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

According to a press statement issued by the US Department of State, the United States condemns the conviction of former Belarusian presidential candidate Aleksandr Kozulin, who was sentenced to five and one-half years for alleged "hooliganism" and disturbing the peace. The entire trial was a politically motivated process designed to punish Kozulin for expressing his political views.
- As we have done in the past, we will take steps to impose appropriate sanctions on those responsible for this abuse of a Belarusian citizens rights. We call on the Belarusian authorities to free Kozulin and all those being held on politically motivated charges, including the four civic activists associated with the non-partisan monitoring group Partnership, says the statement.

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