The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz issued the following statement on the release of two political prisoners in Belarus :
“I welcome the release of former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikaw and the political activist Dzmitry Bandarenka. This is good news, but sixteen months too late. These freedom fighters should not have been imprisoned in the first place.
I call on Belarus authorities to release all remaining political prisoners, including another presidential candidate, Mikalay Statkevich and Ales Bialiatski, Head of the human rights centre ‘Viasna’.
It is appalling to think that in the 21st century Europe, political prisoners still exist...Read More