Belarusian civil society urges authorities to release political prisoners

2012 2012-07-02T17:28:22+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 30 June the conference of the National Platform for the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership adopted a resolution with such calls. Human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, who is serving a prison term, was chosen an honourable member of the Coordinative Board of the National Platform.

Civil society activists expressed their grave concern with and decisive protest against the imprisonment of political and civil activists and the impossibility of their release according to the Law “On Amnesty”, adopted by the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus. Leaders of NGOs call on the Belarusian authorities to refuse from the tactics of confrontation, free political prisoners and stop politically motivated persecution.

“I think that if the hearts of all people of good will continue beating and if we can really say “Enough!” while exhaling, then the political prisoners will be released, because the state will tremble of terror before its people – the way it should be in a democratic state,” commented the head of the Coordinative Board of the National Platform Uladzimir Matskevich.

It is evident for the Belarusin civil society that Mikalai Autukhovich, Ales Bialiatski, Zmitser Dashkevich, Siarhei Kavalenka, Eduard Lobau, Pavel Seviarynets and other prisoners have been deprived of liberty for their views. “They have been convicted unlawfully and continue to be illegally pressurized by representatives of prison administrations. These facts have been admitted both insider the country and at the international level, which has been repeatedly stated in documents of Belarusian human rights defenders, authoritative international organizations and official structures of the European Union,” reads the resolution of the National Platform for the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.

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