Eduard Lobau

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Eduard Lobau
Born (1988-12-01) December 1, 1988 (age 25)
Vilnius, Lithuania
Nationality Belarusian
Occupation Democracy activist
Organization Young Front
Known for 2010 arrest

Eduard Lobau (born 1 December 1988 in Vilnius)[1] is a Belarusian activist with the nation's democracy movement, specifically the group Young Front. He is currently imprisoned by the government of Belarus for his protest activities. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience.[2]

Activism[edit]

On 19 December 2010, following Belarus's disputed presidential election--in which pro-democracy opposition candidate Andrei Sannikov lost to Lukashenko, often called "Europe's last dictator"[3]--a number of opposition protesters took to the streets.[2]

In the week leading up to the protest, Lobau took an active role in organization. On 15 December, he was arrested and briefly detained along with two other Young Front activists for picketing Lukoshenko's office in Minsk with signs calling for his resignation.[4] According to Amnesty International, the day before the protests, Lobau was reportedly assaulted by unknown attackers and immediately arrested by police, along with Zmitser Dashkevich, Young Front's leader.[5] He was convicted of attacking his assailants and sentenced to four years in a labour colony in Ivatsevichy.[5][6] On 31 August 2011, he refused to file a pardon application.[6]

Imprisonment

Lobau's imprisonment has been protested by human rights organizations including Amnesty International, which named he and Dashkevich prisoners of conscience and called for their immediate release.[7] His case was also "adopted" by German Bundestag member Florian Toncar, deputy chairman of Germany's Free Democratic Party, who denounced his trial and imprisonment as "Stalinist".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eduard Lobau". Salidarnasc.com. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Further information on UA 264/10 (21 December 2010) and follow-ups (23 December 2010, 12 January 2011, 31 January 2011, 7 March 2011)". Amnesty International. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Andrew Osborn (20 December 2010). "Alexander Lukashenko: "Europe's last dictator"". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Three Belarusian Activists Detained Picketing Presidential Office". Radio Free Europe. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Prisoner’s Godparenthood: Florian Toncar adopts Eduard Lobau". The Baltic Review. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Eduard Lobau refuses to sign pardon petition". Charter 97. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Three new prisoners of conscience in Belarus". Amnesty International. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2012.