“Viasna” and FIDH presented the report on human rights violations in Belarus to OSCE

viasna-fidh-osce-1

At the the OSCE Human Dimension Meeting the heads of the HRC “Viasna” – the president of the center – former political prisoner Ales Bialiatski, vice-president Valiantsin Stefanovich, and coordinator of the campaign “Human rights defenders against the death penalty” Andrej Paluda – presented review of the human rights situation in Belarus on September 24 in Warsaw.

During the meeting on “Convincing violations of political, economic and social rights in Belarus”, organized by the International Federation for Human Rights and the Human Rights Center “Viasna” human rights defenders stressed that “because of the situation in Ukraine, as well as the deterioration of the human rights situation in Russia, we think that less attention is paid to Belarus “.

At the panel discussion were touched pr...

Read More

Statement of BAJ against Administrative Prosecution of Journalists

logo_baj

Statement of the public associtaion Belarusian Association of Journalists concerning prosecution of journalists for contribution to foreign mass media without accreditation

Belarusian Association of Journalists declares it unlawful to prosecute reporters whose names and materials appear in foreign mass media. Pressure on these journalists bears clear characteristics of threat and blackmailing, and contradicts to national legislative norms as well as to obligations of the Republic of Belarus to ensure freedom of information under international agreements.

On September 25, the Babruysk district court fined Maryna Malchanava, a journalist of the non-state newpaper Bobruyskij Courier, for 32 basic amounts (4 800 000 rubles). She was found guilty of violating p. 2 of art. 22...

Read More

Vice-speaker of the Bundestag is going to support all political prisoners in Belarus

katrin-goering-eckardt

Vice-speaker of the Bundestag Katrin Göring-Eckardt, the representative of the Green Party, has congratulated the head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski on his birthday, which he celebrates today.

On the occasion of your release from prison in June, the godparenthood I have taken for as a prisoner in cooperation with “Libereco” and the German Parliament has come to a happy end. Nevertheless, I hereby assure my continuous support for your work as well as for all political prisoners in Belarus who are still waiting for their release.”- writes Katrin Göring-Eckardt with wishes human rights defender still have fortitude and never give up fighting for a better future for all Belarusian citizens.

Recall that the German-Swiss human rights organization Libereco – Part...

Read More

Political prisoner Mikalaj Dziadok spent 20 days in punishment cell

dziadok-politzakluchennyj

Political prisonerMikalaj Dziadok, who is serving a sentence in Mogilev prison #4, spent 20 days in a punishment cell. Prison administration punished him for violating established for prisoners rule connected with uniforms. The father of the political prisoner Aliaxander Dziadok said about it to Human Rights Defenders.

Just a day after his birthday, August 23, Mikalaj had another sentence – 20 days in punishment cell. In this way was executed Mikalaj Statkevich in Mogilev prison in 2012.

Political prisoner Mikalaj Dziadok was taken into custody from September 3, 2010, and was sentenced on May 27, 2011in the court of Zavadskoj district of Minsk under the Part 2 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code (disorderly conduct) to 4.5 years of imprisonment in a strict regime...

Read More

A meeting with Ales Bialiatski was held in Mogilev

bialacki_mahilou_book-presentation

A meeting with the president of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski was held on September 19 in Mogilev.

This is the first visit of a former political prisoner in Mogilev after his release from Bobruisk colony in June. Several dozens of Mogilev citizens, who came to the meeting, greeted Ales Bialiatski, former political prisoner, with applause.

During the meeting, the human rights defender presented his book “Mercurial silver of life,” which consists of the essays written by him in custody. In the essays that Ales Bialiatski was sending from Bobruisk colony, he describes the work of human rights defenders before and after the events of 2010 in Belarus, tells the story of the participation of international human rights missions...

Read More

Ales Bialiatski presented his book in Grodno

bialiatski-book-presentation-grodna

There was held the first public meeting after the release of human rights defender, the president of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski in Harodnia. The core of the meeting was the presentation of his book “Mercurial silver of life.” The book is written in prison, when he had to write in very unfavorable conditions.

Ales Bialiatski is saying:
– All the texts in the book can be divided into two parts. These are memories of my life and of maybe interesting moments in which I was, which are important for our social life, because, in principle, we don’t have as much as we wish such a genre like memories. We lived 25 years, almost a quarter of a century, of a very active social life and there were ups and downs during this life.

The main technical work on the book has fulfilled ...

Read More

Belarusian NGOs sent its report as part of the Universal Periodic Review to the UN

united_nations1

Report, presented to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, provides an overview of situation with the human rights in Belarus. Human rights defenders have expressed anxiety about the lack of real progress on key problem spheres of human rights in the country, noting concrete steps of the implementation of the recommendations made and accepted by Belarus in the first cycle of the UPR.

The report was prepared by the following organizations: “Belarusian Helsinki Committee“, HRC “Viasna”, PU “Center for Legal Transformation“, The Assembly of Democratic NGOs of Belarus, the NGO “Belarusian Association of Journalists”, NGO “Legal Initiative”, Committee “Solidarity”, Initiative “For freedom of religion, Office of the rights of persons with disabilities, Belarusian documentatio...

Read More

20 days of arrest for Illia Dabratvor

dabratvor_u_viasnie

In the Leninsky district court of Minsk investigated an Administrative case of activist Illia Dabratvor. He was arrested before the start of the trial of Yury Rubtsou on September 16. Police officers didn’t like his shirt with the inscription “Freedom for political prisoners” that was the reason for the detention.

Dabratvor was brought to the court. He is accused of violating of the Article 17.1 (disorderly conduct) and 23.4 (disobedience for police officers). Witnesses who are the police officers also claim that Dobrotvor was drunk.

Judge Michail Homa refuses to conduct an examination for the presence of alcohol.

Policemen Victar Hadok and Maskalieu testified at trial that Dobrotvor had been swearing, they admonished him, but he didn’t react on it...

Read More

The presentation of the book of Ales Bialiatski was held in Orsha

vicebsk-ales-srebra-8

A collection of essays “Mercurial silver of life” – is mostly essays written by the president of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” while in custody. Author and his assistant Alena Laptsienak told to the citizens of Orsha how it was created.

In letters to the outside world from the Bobruisk prison Ales Bialiatski mentions activities of Belarusian human rights activists after the elections of 2010, shares his memories and thoughts. According to the author, these essays-memories are organized into chronological order in the book, but not in the order they came in the letters to outside world from the prison. Some of them were stopped by censorship, and essays had to be edited. And then the edition was made directly for publishing – firstly in the blog of Ales Bialiatski on belaruspartisan...

Read More

Bialiatski’s book “Quick Silver of Live” presented in Vitsebsk

vicebsk-ales-srebra-1

The author, ex-political prisoner Ales Bialiatski came there together with the compiler of the book Alena Laptsionak. At a meeting in the “European club” they told the story of the creation of a collection of essays written in the Babruisk penal colony, where he served a prison term for his human rights activities.

The book “Quick Silver of Life. Prologue. Essays of a Human Rights Defender” is devoted to the Belarusian and international human rights movement, as well as to the events of 2010 in Belarus. The publication includes letters with the memories and reflections describing the everyday life and the events preceding the arrest of Mr. Bialiatski, as well as details of his foreign missions.

During the meeting, Ales Bialiatski said that the opportunity to write this book greatly supp...

Read More