As part of the solidarity campaign #WeStandBYyou of Libereco, Markéta Gregorová (PIRÁTI), Matern von Marschall (CDU) and Carina Konrad (FDP) have taken over a godparenthood for political prisoners in Belarus. 

Kasya Budzko is an activist of the Belarusian Students Association and a student of the Belarusian State Pedagogical University. She was detained on November 12 and charged under Article 342 of Belarusian Criminal Code for having disturbed public order.

Markéta Gregorová

Markéta Gregorová, member of the European Parliament, has taken over a godparenthood for Kasya Budzko and stated: “In my country, the students helped me 31 years ago to live the life I am living now – in a free, democratic society. Kasya Budzko and other students and Belarusians are trying to do the same for their country and future. I fully support her and I call upon Belarusian authorities to release her and other detainees immediately.”

Dzmitry Kubarau is suspected of participating in “mass riots” as of Article 293 of the Belarusian Criminal Code.

Matern von Marschall

Matern von Marschall, Member of the German Bundestag, has taken over the godparenthood for Dzmitry Kubarau and stated: “The urge for freedom cannot be suppressed in the long run. The many Belarusians who have been peacefully demonstrating for their human and civil rights for months are showing great courage. May their resistance be stronger than the repression by the Lukashenka regime. Dzimitry Kubarau is one of the demonstrators who were unlawfully detained. I am campaigning for his immediate release. Germany and Europe stand resolutely by the side of the peaceful demonstrators.”

Viktar Shaura was detained in Navapolack on the evening of August 10. On August 13, his mother received a phone call from an investigator in Viciebsk who said that her son had been charged under Article 293 (“participation in mass riots”) of the Belarusian Criminal Code.

Carina Konrad

Carina Konrad, Member of the German Bundestag, has taken over the godparenthood for Viktar Shaura. On this occasion she stated: “We stand firmly by the side of the people in Belarus who are peacefully fighting for democracy, the rule of law, human rights, freedom and free elections. They deserve the solidarity, recognition and support of this House. We call for an immediate end to violence, the release of all political prisoners, free and fair new elections under international election observation and a serious and inclusive constitutional reform process. My thoughts are with Viktar Shaura and all other political prisoners, their families and all innocent victims of repression, violence and torture in Belarus.”