2014 19/07

On the 18th of July human rights defenders Sviatlana Lapickaja and Aliaksiej Lapicki applied to executive committee of Zhodzina for holding picket in support of political prisoners.

Human rights defenders asked for authorization of picket on the 4th of July in the center of the town, near the entrance to the culture and leisure park, upper cross the Euroset shop from 16.00 till 17.30.

During the picket human rights defenders intend to attract attention to the problem of political prisoners in Belarus by distributing relevant publications and materials. The aims of the picket are calling for the release of Mikalai Statkievicz and other political prisoners, and also expressing solidarity with the Ukraine and against Russian military aggression.

We remind that on the 26th of May ex-candidate for being a president of Belarus Mikalai Statkievicz was arrested and sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment at a colony with a reinforced regime after security-service agents dispersed the civil protest against falsification of the election results at the Square in 2010.


Alies Bialiacki, the Head of the human rights center “Viasna” was arrested on the 4th of August 2011. The political prisoner spent almost three years behind the bars – he was released under amnesty on the 21st of June 2014. Now Alies Bialiacki is at liberty and the day of the 4th of August is being celebrated by the society as the day of solidarity with civil society of Belarus.

Belarusian Legal Portal,

In the photo:
Alaksiej Łapicki, human rights defender from Zhodzina (photo by the author)
Mikałaj Statkievič, ex-candidate for being a president of Belarus, political prisoner

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