On October 11, the 16th Congress of the Belarusian Popular Front Party issued a statement to demand the release of political prisoners and an end to repression.
The delegates to the Congress are convinced that ahead of the presidential election due in 2015 Belarus has increased political repression and discrimination of citizens for their political beliefs or because of their political activities.
According to the statement, “the year of 2014 saw a dramatic increase in the number of preventive arrests when political or civil society activists are arrested on the basis of false accusations of committing administrative offenses”.
“Prisons still hold political opponents of the government who were jailed during the 2010 presidential election,” says the address.
The BPF Party demands to put an end to political repression, including:
– the practice of arbitrary arrests of opposition activists on the basis of false accusations of committing administrative offenses;
– immediate release of Mikalai Statkevich, Eduard Lobau, Mikalai Dziadok, Yauhen Vaskovich, Ihar Alinevich, Artsiom Prakapenka and Vasil Parfiankou, who are recognized by the Belarusian human rights organizations as political prisoners, as well as the abolition of the sentence of the court of first instance in respect of Yury Rubtsou, who was recently sentenced to 1.5 years of imprisonment.
The full text of the statement in Belarusian can be found here.