Amnesty International has summed up the results of their Letter Writing Marathon which started on 7 December 2012 – three days before the Human Rights Day, and during which thousands of letters were written to Ales Bialiatski. In total Amensty International identified 104,731 measures taken to support the prisoners of conscience.
Ales Bialiatski, head of the Human Rights Center Viasna and of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) is serving a four and a half years prison sentence. Amnesty International held the campaign to write the petitions to free Ales Bialiatski, as well as to hold actions to promote the campaign.
People from all over the world expressed their solidarity with Ales Bialiatski, including from Austria, Belgium, the Bermuda islands, Bulgaria, Canada, Cypress, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ghana, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mali, Malta, Moldova, Mongolia, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Puerto-Rico, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Togo, Tunissia, Ukraine, Venezuela, Great Britain.
An activist in Poznan “I am thinking about you. I wish you all the best.” .In Poland 30 894 people took part in the action during 24 hours.
Writing petitions also took place in Italy and Great Britain.