19 July 2019, Friday, 5:43
We are in the same boat

Bundestag member Manuel Sarrazin: I call for immediate release of Mikalai Dziadok

Mikalai Dziadok

Manuel Sarrazin, a member of the German Bundestag and representative of the Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group, has adopted the Belarusian political prisoner.

It is reported by Viasna human rights centre.

“As a Member of the Bundestag, I call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mikalai Dziadok. I am extremely concerned about the unjustified application of Article 411 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. This article – “wilful disobedience to the correctional institution administration” – is used, as in the case of Mikalai Dziadok, to legalise cruel and degrading treatment of political prisoners in Belarussian jails,” he said.

The prisoner’s godparenthood campaign for political prisoners in Belarus was initiated by the human-rights organisation Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights, to support the prisoners and their families.

Mikalai Dziadok, a member of the Belarussian anarchist movementwas sentenced on 27 May 2011 to four and a half years of imprisonment in a minimum security correctional facility. In February 2015, Dziadok was sentenced to an additional year in prison under Article 411 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. He has since been kept in solitary confinement on several occasions under unbearable conditions.

Belarusian and international human rights organisations view Mikalai Dziadok as a political prisoner and are calling for his immediate and unconditional release.