European Humanities University (EHU) is grateful to the human rights organization “Libereco–Partnership for Human Rights” and to Sari Essayah, a Member of the European Parliament, for their help and concern about the problem of political prisoners in Belarus.
Sari Essayah has "adopted" Mikalai Dziadok, a political prisoner and a student of EHU.
"I would like to express my deep concern about the human rights situation in Belarus. By adopting a political prisoner I call on the Belarusian authorities to end immediately human rights violations in Belarus. In addition, I remind that it is of the utmost importance that European decision makers aim to maintain the political dialogue alive and to work, as far as possible, to help and support Belarusian human rights defenders,” Sari Essayah said.
Dziadok was detained in September 2010 and later sentenced to 4.5 years of imprisonment. Belarusian and international human rights organizations consider him a political prisoner.
The Prisoner’s Godparenthood Campaign for political prisoners in Belarus was initiated by the human rights organization "Libereco–Partnership for Human Rights" to support the prisoners and their families. Currently, seven parliamentarians have adopted political prisoners in Belarus.
The European Humanities University is a private, non-profit liberal arts university founded in Minsk in 1992. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the university has been headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania since authorities expelled it from Belarus in 2004. It serves nearly 2,000 mostly Belarusian students, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs and promoting research in the humanities and social sciences.