On the occasion of a congress held in the former Cottbus prison under the motto “Forced labour in political GDR custody”, the former political prisoners from the GDR who were present decided on the following appeal to the belarusian government.


We, the former political prisoners of the GDR, appeal to the government of Republic of Belarus to release immediately all political prisoners in Belarus and to allow the opening of a dialogue as requested by the people. We, the Germans, know what it means when a nation is divided. Please do not allow the people of Belarus to be divided in disputes over the future of their country. Please help the people of the Republic of Belarus to decide their future in free self-determination.

On behalf of the political prisoners and human rights activists present.

Dieter Dombrowski
Federal Chairman of the UOKG

Karl Hafen
Board member of the International Council of the ISHR


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