Amnesty lanterns to fly for Belarusian human rights

Flying rice paper lanterns will be let off from Warsaw's Castle Square, tonight, with wishes for human rights observance in Belarus.

The action has been organized by the Polish chapter of Amnesty International.

Earlier, meetings are scheduled with members of the Belarusian opposition during which letters of protest will be written to Alexander Lukashenko. Letters may also be addressed to the Belarusian president on

More than 700 people had been arrested for participating in the 19 December demonstrations in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, held right after the presidential elections.

Thirty of them, including opposition politicians and presidential candidates as well as journalists, are still held in detention.

Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience who are repressed for a peaceful manifestation of their convictions and freedom of speech.

The organization claims they hold no responsibility for the violence which broke out when riot police and special services intervened to disperse the huge number of gathered protesters. (


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