Release Alyaksandr Kazulin, a Prisoner of Conscience sign now

Dear President Lukashenka,

We are calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Alyaksandr Kazulin as a prisoner of conscience. We believe that he is being detained unlawfully, following a flagrantly unfair trial.

We would like to remind the Belarusian authorities of their obligations under Articles 19, 21 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Belarus is a state party, which guarantees the rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association.

Mr. Kazulin was not granted any of these freedoms. On March 2, 2007, when Alyaksandr Kazulin attempted to gain entry to the 3rd All Belarusian Peoples Assembly in Minsk, which he could since he was legally entitled to attend as a presidential candidate. Unfortunately, Mr. Kazulin was beaten and detained when he tried to register as a participant of the conference along with a group of supporters. Witnesses said that when Alyaksandr Kazulin and his supporters tried to approach the registration desk, they were beaten by a group of 30-40 plain clothes law enforcement officers. (http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGEUR490132006?open&of=ENG-BLR)

We would like to urge the Belarusian authorities to stop the obstruction, harassment and intimidation of civil society activists engaged directly or indirectly in the promotion and defense of human rights in Belarus and call for the Belarusian government to conduct full and impartial investigations into reports of the ill-treatment suffered by Mr. Kazulin at the hands of law enforcement officials.

Sincerely,



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