Polish MEP launches campaign in support of Statkevich and Dashkevich

Dr Marek Migalski initiated Freedom x 2, a campaign of solidarity with two Belarusian political prisoners, a former presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich and Young Front leader Zmitser Dashkevich who are in especially dramatic situation now.

The MEP during the Prisoner’s Godparenthood campaign, initiated by Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights, took godparenthood for Siarhei Kavalenka and Zmitser Bandarenka. Marek Migalski conducted the campaign for releasing the both, constantly reminding of them at the international scene. Fortunately, Kavalenka and Bandarenka have resently been freed from penal colonies and at the moment they are with their families.

Therefore, it is time we helped the other. Here everyone may sign a petition to leaders of the EU member states, to bring to their knowledge the information about Belarusian prisoners of conscious, who are prosecuted, oppressed and treated in an inappropriate way in jails.

Along with Marek Migalski, Mikola Statkevich’s wife, Marina Adamovich, and Zmitser Dashkevich’s fiancée, vice-president of “Young Front”, Nasta Palazhanka were co-authours of the petition.

Mikalai Statkevich

Ex-presidential candidate, leader of the Belarusian Social-Democratic Party (Hramada), Mikalai Statkevich was adjudged guilty of mass riot organization on December, 19, 2010. On May 26, 2012 the court sentenced him to six-year imprisonment in a maximum security penal colony. Statkevich has still not filed a petition for pardon addressed to president Aliaksandr Lukashenka, and according to his wife Maryna Adamovich, this is the reason for tough measures being taken towards him.

Zmitser Dashkevich

Eduard Lobau and Zmitser Dashkevich were attacked by a group of unknown men a day before the 2010 presidential elections. After short scuffling police showed up and arrested Dashkevich and Lobau, accusing them of beating two inhabitants of Minsk. According to the opposition members this whole issue had a political character. The goal was to prevent the two men from participating in the demonstration to be held the following day. Zmitser Dashkevich was sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment for «malicious hooliganism» (Article 339, part 3 of the Criminal Code). Dashkevich was repeatedly put in a punishment isolation cell of the penal colony. In September, 2011 the activist was offered to file a petition for pardon addressed to Alexander Lukashenka but he rejected the proposal.



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