German chancellor calls to free prisoners of conscience

Political prisoners in Belarus should obtain the possibility to speak and act freely, Angela Merkel said addressing to Bundestag members.

“Political prisoners are still behind bars after the latest wave of repressions connected with the 2010 presidential elections. Nationals who stood for pluralism in their state were thrown to jail. Among others, I mean Ales Bialatski, the laureate of the European Human Rights Award. We all want these people to get the possibility to speak and act freely”, she said.

Furthermore, in her speech Angela Merkel pointed out that the European Union is ready to back Ukraine on its way to reforms on condition that Kiev fulfills certain stipulations for its rapprochement with Brussels.


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