Saturday, 30 June 2007

Help Free Zmitser Dashkevich, Prisoner of Conscience in Belarus

Amnesty International have appealed for help in securing the release of Zmitser Dashkevich, aged 25, a leader of opposition youth movement "Young Front". He is serving an 18 month prison sentence "for organising and participating in an activity of an unregistered non-governmental organisation”.

"Amnesty International considers Zmitser Dashkevich to be a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for the peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of assembly, association and expression, and is calling for his immediate and unconditional release".

There is further information and how you can help here .

Amnesty is asking that messages of support and cards be sent for Zmitser's 26th Birthday which will take place on the 20th July.

As has been highlighted by Jonathan Fryer, human rights abuses continue in Belarus and opposition politicians are frequently denied the right to dissent.

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