2011: Belarus: PEN-members arrested

President of the Republic of Belarus
Alyaksandr G. Lukashenka
Karl Marx Str. 38
220016 g. Minsk
Belarus

Oslo, 7th January 2011

Dear President

Neklyaev held in KGB detention centre; many more writers and journalists arrested.

PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee is increasingly alarmed by the 19 December 2010 mass arrests of demonstrators, among them writers and journalists, including members of the Belarus PEN Centre. It calls for an immediate end to the arrests, the release of all those who are held for their legitimate rights to peaceful protest and freedom of expression, and a full and proper investigation into reports of ill-treatment.

Yours sincerely

Annaguli Yildam,
Member of Norwegian PEN, WiPC