Markus-LoeningMarkus Löning, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, welcomes the initiative of godparenthoods by Libereco and stated:

“I very welcome the godparenthoods for opposition members and human rights defenders initiated by Libereco. They are an important signal of support to the people in Belarus. I condemn the ongoing persecution of political, civil society activists and independent media in the strongest possible terms. The German Government demands from the Belarusian authorities to release all political prisoners immediately, to revise all political judgements and to stop repressions.

The detention of Ales Beljazki in the beginning of August demonstrates once again the cruelity of the regime, also against human rights defenders. Ales Beljazki, leader of human rights organisation Viasna, supported political prisoners and their families. His situation illustrates the efforts in Minsk to silence the civil society. I urge persons in charge to withdraw all charges against Ales Beljazki and to set him free immediately.”