There are hundreds of political prisoners in Belarus. We present platforms and initiatives, and give advice on how you can support these people directly and indirectly from abroad.

There are currently over 900 political prisoners in Belarus. This includes women and men, young and old, from all strata of Belarusian society, who have exercised their basic rights to freedom of expression and assembly and have campaigned for a free, democratic Belarus.

These people can be helped in various ways. We present platforms and initiatives, and give advice on how you can support political prisoners in Belarus directly and indirectly from abroad.

Build up political pressure

Create publicity for the situation in Belarus

    • Share information about the situation of political prisoners on your social media channels and use the hashtag #WeStandBYyou. Our partner organization Viasna reports daily on new cases and sentences.
    • Befriend political prisoners through the portal (available in English and Russian). As part of this symbolic friendship, you can draw attention to the fate of political prisoners by actions such as for example performing creative tasks, wearing black, or posting pictures on Instagram.

Support the political prisoners directly

    • Congratulate the prisoners to their birthdays! We publish a bimonthly list with names and addresses of prisoners to whom you can write. Here you can find the list of birthdays in the next two months.
    • You can also write a letter or send a postcard to political prisoners regardless of occasions such as birthdays. Here we have summarised how this works and what you should bear in mind.
    • Alternatively, you can send your letter via the website (available in English and Russian). Volunteers in Belarus will translate your text, create a cover letter, and send it to the prisoner you had selected. Replies will be sent to you as a scan by email. To cover the costs of envelopes and postage, you can also support this purely voluntary project financially.
    • On the website (currently only available in Russian) you can find out how to provide financial help to the families of prisoners and how to help prisoners directly by transferring money to the prison shop, or sending them a parcel. On the website you can also adopt prisoners yourself and indicate to which prisoner you have already sent a letter.