114 parliamentary candidates — with prominent politicians and civil society activists among them — have signed the petition calling on to release Zmicier Dashkievich and other political prisoners.
“The persecution of Mr. Dashkievich is clearly politically laden and contradicts the international obligations of Belarus, in particular, on the non-admission of cruel and inhuman treatment and punishment,” the petition says.
The appeal was signed on the day when the sentence to Zmicier Dashkievich takes effect.
28 Zmicier Dashkievich, the Chairperson of opposition organization Young Front was tried on August 28.
He was charged with persistent violation of the rules of the penitentiary institution (article 411).