Vital Rymasheuski participated in conference on the issue of political prisoners in Belarus
Co-Chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party and BCD ex-presidential candidate, Vital Rymasheuski, participated in a conference devoted to the problem of political prisoners in Belarus held in Brussels on 1 June 2011. Mr. Rymasheuski met with MEPs,members of the working group on Belarus, representatives of human rights initiatives of the European Parliament, European People's Party leaders.
"I think we should make every effort to release political prisoners. All of them can be set free already within the coming months. Their release depends on the policy of the European Union in the first place. We must do everything possible to get them out of prison. And I will continue to do so", the politician said.
"Our entire delegation was unanimously against any contacts andnegotiations with the Belarusian regime before the political prisonersreturn to their homes. Everyone, with whom we talked, expressed support to the Belarusian political prisoners ", said VitalRymasheuski. Rymasheuski, who ran for president, has received a suspended sentence of two years in prison on 20 May 2011 for organization andactive participation of the activities that breach public order (Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code). On 30 May he appealed against this unfair and politically motivated sentence.