Siarhei Kavalenka has problems with visceral organs

2012 2012-02-15T17:44:23+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

A lawyer visited Siarhei Kavalenka in a detention facility in Vitsebsk yesterday. Alena Kavalenka, Siarhei's wife, told ERB:

“He continues his official hunger strike. Yesterday was the 58th day of strike. The state of his health makes me worry about his life. According to the lawyer, he has faced problems with visceral organs.”

Siarhei Kavalenka has not received an appeal from CCP-BPF party head Zianon Pazniak asking to stop the hunger strike, but the lawyer told him about other similar appeals. Nevertheless, Kavalenka is not going to stop his hunger strike.

We remind CCH-BPF party activist Siarhei Kavalenka has been in a detention facility in Vitsebsk since 22 December. He is accused of violation of probation. The activist was given a suspended sentence for hanging out a Belarusian national white-red-white flag. Kavalenka is to be tried in the Pershamaiski District Court of Vitsebsk on February 21. Siarhei Kavalenka has been continuing his hunger strike in spite force-feeding.

Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, called on Belarusian authorities yesterday to release Siarhei Kavalenka. “The authorities will have blood on their hands if he dies,” he said.