We urge the immediate release of political prisoners in Belarus

We urge the immediate release of political prisoners in Belarus

March 23, 2023
Signatures: 629Next Goal: 1,000
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Why this petition matters



The undersigned voice our support for the people of Belarus.

For the past three years more than fifty thousand people have been imprisoned for political reasons in Belarus. Europe has not known imprisonment on this scale since the Second World War. As of March 2023, there are more than 1,450 people on the Viasna Human Rights Centres list of Belarusian political prisoners, including the Sakharov Prize and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Ales Bialiatski. Courageous people who wanted to change their country for the better and run in the 2020 presidential election Siarhei Tsikhanovsky, Viktar Babaryka, Maria Kalesnikava, Mikola Statkevich, etc were sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. At least 2,900 more people have been convicted in politically motivated criminal cases. Among them are hundreds of journalists, trade union leaders, teachers, doctors, musicians, workers, students, and even elderly and disabled people are currently imprisoned in Belarus for political reasons.

The moral obligation of the free world is to release the people who fight for freedom and democracy in Belarus.
We appeal to politicians, trade unions, journalists, scientists, athletes, musicians, opinion leaders, and people of good will around the world to support the civil campaign "Free Belarus political prisoners".

We appeal to the leaders of the European Union, the United States, Great Britain and other countries to make immediate efforts to release all political prisoners in Belarus without exception. We demand exhaustive measures be taken to ensure the safety of the hostages and, if necessary, arrange for their evacuation to safe countries.

If diplomatic instruments are insufficient to release prisoners of consequence, human rights activists, and trade union leaders, we support the calls of the Belarus Democratic Forum to issue a collective ultimatum to Alexander Lukashenko. If he refuses to release all political prisoners without exception, the EU member states should take extreme measures and block all cargo transit by rail from Belarus.

The commercial interests of certain individuals cannot be compared with human obligation to save the lives of political hostages in Belarus. The civilized world cannot calmly observe the atrocities of the regime and sufferings of the people in Belarus.

In Nicaragua, 222 political prisoners were released in February, and in March about 22,000 protesters were pardoned in Iran. It became possible because of the principal stance of the international community.

We demand that Alexander Lukashenko immediately stop the terror in Belarus and release of political prisoners without preconditions. We call on him to show human mercy, compassion and responsibility in order to avoid catastrophic consequences.


Veronica Tsepkalo, head of the Belarus Women's Foundation, was awarded with the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought; the Martin Luther Prize for the fearless word; the Charlemagne Prize

Olga Karatch, the head of the Belarusian human rights organization in exile "Our House", which has been active since 2005. Awarded the Human Rights Award of the City of Weimar (Germany), International Bremen Peace Award, Radebeul Courage Prize in Germany.

Ernie Barbarash, American & Canadian film director/writer/producer & human rights activist

Alex Wright, American and British film director/writer/producer

Philip Stilman, Film Producer, Post Production Exec, Canada & US

Heather Flocm, Executive Assistant 

Nicholas Spark, Film Producer

Aneta Vaitkienė, Journalist

Alaksandr Kuntsevich, Journalist

Tomasz Wilinski, Criminal defense attorney, human rights advocate

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Decision Makers

  • Council of the European Union
  • President of the Republic of PolandAndrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland
  • Annalena Baerbock, German Federal Minister for Foreign AffairsGerman Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Prime Minister of SwedenUlf Kristersson, Prime Minister of Sweden