Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcin Przydacz and chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Poland, Bix Aliu, responded to the extension of Andrzej Poczobut’s detention. – There is no consent on our part for these actions – said Przydacz.
That Andrzej Poczobut, an activist of the Union of Poles in Belarus, recognized as a political prisoner, will remain in custody for the next three months, activists from the Wiasna human rights center reported on Wednesday. Poczobut has been in custody since March.
– From the very beginning, we emphasize that Polish activists in Belarus cannot be hostages, they cannot be repressed, regardless of the current attitude of the authorities in Minsk. This situation causes our opposition, our lack of acceptance. We will continue activities aimed at exerting appropriate further pressure on the end of this repression, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcin Przydacz. He stated that the decision was “completely unacceptable” on the part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Marcin Przydacz pointed out that the repressions concern not only Poles. – On the one hand, we hear some rumors about a possible amnesty, on the other hand, we see more repressions falling on representatives of civil society and independent media. All this shows the true face of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime. There is no consent on our part to these actions and I also strongly believe that international institutions, those dealing with the subject of human rights, will intensify their activities precisely in this context. They will note that this situation has in no way been resolved. There are still hundreds of political prisoners in Belarus, including innocent Polish activists locked in a Belarusian prison, he appealed.
The extension of Poczobut’s detention was also commented on by the chargé d’affaires of the US embassy in Poland on Twitter. “The extension of Andrzej Poczobut’s detention and the further detention of Andżelika Borys and other representatives of the Union of Poles in Belarus by the Lukashenka regime is unacceptable. They should be released immediately,” wrote Bix Aliu.
Extension of Poczobut’s arrest
Andrzej Poczobut, a member of the authorities of the Union of Polish Socialists, not recognized by the government and a journalist, for years cooperating with, inter alia, with Gazeta Wyborcza and Telewizja Polonia, he is accused in a criminal case of “inciting hatred”.
As part of his case, which the prosecutor general qualified as “rehabilitation of Nazism”, the head of the Union of Poles in Belarus, Andżelika Borys, and activists Irena Biernacka and Maria Tiszkowska, as well as a Polish activist from Brest, Anna Paniszewa, were also arrested.
Biernacka, Tiszkowska and Paniszewo were released from custody, but were forced to leave Belarus. The proceedings against them were not discontinued.