“Prisoners’ Godparenthood” in action

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“Prisoners’ Godparenthood” in action

The “Young Front” appealed to the German Bundestag member Philipp Mißfelder– Zmitser Dashkevich’s “political Godfather”:

Dear Mr. Mißfelder,

This May you adopted the leader of the youth democratic organization “Young Front” Zmitser Dashkevich.

We, Zmitser’s allies and friends, thank you for your attention and support of Belarusian political prisoners, Zmitser Dashkevich in particular. Unfortunately, Zmitser got into an unprecedented wave of repressions and harassment from the side of the administration of the colony where he is imprisoned.

The colony’s administration, headed by Mr. A.M. Kavaliou, put Zmitser Dashkevich in a disciplinary cell for the second time for the reasons which they did not inform even to his lawyer. Belarusian human rights defenders consider imprisonment in a disciplinary cell a torture – a prisoner is not allowed to go for a walk, to write and receive letters, to see his relatives, to receive parcels. Being in a disciplinary cell leads to deterioration of one’s physical condition, and exacerbation of chronicle diseases which cannot be treated properly in prison


According to our information, Zmitser Dashkevich spent about 20 days in a disciplinary cell (the colony’s administration refuses to provide the exact information), and it is likely that this number is not final.

We are asking you to react to the tortures against your “Godson” and to do your best to stop this wave of repressions against Zmitser Dashkevich.