Ales Bialiatski’s The Quicksilver of Life presented in Minsk

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The Quicksilver of Life is the first book by Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and vice-president of FIDH Ales Bialiatski, which was presented in Minsk on July 22 with the participation of the author.

The former political prisoner was released a month ago, on June 21, when the book was already printed. But its presentation was put off till today. The book consists of a series of essays, or rather, letters from Ales Bialiatski, which he sent to his colleagues during his detention in Babruisk colony No. 2.

According to the compiler of the book, Alena Laptsionak, she literally had to decipher the complex handwriting of Viasna’s leader and then to send the text back for editing...

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Recently released human rights activist Ales Bialiatski concludes European tour in Warsaw

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Belarusian human rights activist, Ales Bialiatski, visited Warsaw from July 9 to 12 – the final stop in a European tour that has taken him to Vilnius, Brussels, Strasbourg and Paris since his unexpected release under an amnesty on June 21. Bialiatski had served three years of a 4.5 year sentence ontrumped-up charges of tax evasion.

Bialiatski, head of the Minsk-based Human Rights Center “Viasna”, came to Warsaw on the invitation of the Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and the Stefan Batory Foundation. Here he met with top Polish politicians, including the Head of the President’s Office, Jacek Michalowski, Foreign Affairs Minister Radek Sikorski, as well as former Polish dissident Adam Michnik and other civil society representatives.

During an open meeting at the Batory Foundati...

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Ales Bialiatski’s first visit to Poland after release from jail

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“For the three years I spent in prison, I was struck by the fact that many non-political, cultural, linguistic and social initiatives appeared in Belarus. This proves that our civil society develops,” stated Mr. Bialiatski at a meeting in Warsaw. His visit to the Polish capital completes the tour of the Belarusian human rights activist across European countries.

Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” came to Warsau on invitation of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and Stefan Batory Foundation. The visit began on Wednesday, July 9, with a closed-door meeting with representatives of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, at which the human rights sector discussed the situation in Belarus. “It was a friendly meeting with representatives of the human rights organization...

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Political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich gets a meeting with his wife

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Maryna Statkevich had the first short-term meeting with her husband in Mahiliou prison for a year. Mikalai Statkevich is very glad that Ales Bialiatski was released from jail and asks to pass greetings to him.

This was a standard two-hour meeting through the glass and bars. Mikalai is in normal condition both physically and psychologically. I even think that he has become more handsome. After all, he understands exactly what he’s doing and has a clear vision of the situation. He is in harmony with himself. It looks like even his wrinkles get smoother,” said Mrs. Statkevich.

Former presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich was sentenced to six years in prison for allegedly organizing mass riots in the day of the presidential elections on 19 December 2010...

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Ex-political prisoner Mikalai Autukhovich eventually allowed to come to Minsk for medical treatment

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The police of Vaukavysk finally allowed the former political prisoner to go to the Belarusian capital for a medical examination.

“They at last allowed me to visit Minsk to have a medical examination. This time, I filed another application. I applied for temporary residence in the capital. Police officers gave their permission without problems, though earlier they didn’t want me to visit Minsk for treatment. They wanted to have necessary documents from a state-owned hospital and refused to accept them from a private medical centre. I even filed a complaint, but it gave no results,” he said.

The former political prisoner noted he would go to the dentist and also have a medical examination.

“I don’t know how long I will stay in Minsk. It depends on results of medical tests...

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14th anniversary of Dzmitry Zavadski’s abduction

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The journalist of the ORT TVchannel disappeared without a trace in Minsk on 7 July 2000. His relatives still do not know, where his grave is.

Early in the morning on 7 July 2000 Dzmitry Zavadski, who at the time worked for the Russian ORT TV channel (now – First Channel), went to the national airport Minsk. Since then no one saw Dzmitry Zavadski. His car was found at the airport.

In 2002 Minsk region court found guilty of abducting Zavadski a group of a former Almaz special-ops unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Its members Valer Ihnatovich and Maksim Malik were sentenced for life. Alaksei Huz was sentenced to 25 years in prison, Siarhei Savushkin – to 12 years in high security prison. None of them pled guilty.

In March 2004 the state prosecutor’s office suspended the case of Za...

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Ales Bialiatski received at Paris Mayor’s Office and French MFA

The first visit of the Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Ales Bialiatski to Paris has come to an end. Before this, he had last visited Paris three years ago, a month before his arrest. All subsequent years members of the Federation throughout the world held solidarity actions and took every effort to secure his release.

FIDH staff, young activists, interpreters – all those who played an active part in the fate of the recent political prisoner – gathered for the long awaited meeting.

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Ales Bialiatski met European Parliament President

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Belarusian human rights activist, head of the Center “Viasna” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights Ales Bialiatski and European Parliament President Martin Schulz exchanged information on the situation in Belarus.

My signal to Mr. Schultz was to continue the efforts they have made for all these years, since December of 2010, for the release of political prisoners. It is also necessary that they continue to demand complex changes related to human rights and the state of democracy in Belarus,” Ales Bialiatski commented to RFE/RL after the meeting.

Mr. Schultz is aware of what is happening with us...

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PACE President meets with Ales Bialiatski upon his release

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On July 3, Ales Bialiatski, President of the Belarusian human rights centre Viasna and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and FIDH President Karim Lahidji met in Strasbourg with Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

Mrs Brasseur used this opportunity to congratulate Mr Bialiatski in person, on behalf of the Assembly, on the award of the first Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize. The Prize was awarded to Mr Bialiatski by the Assembly in September 2013, but the laureate, imprisoned since 2011, was unable to attend the ceremony. The President discussed with Mr Bialiatski the human rights situation in Belarus and the role that the Assembly needs to play to improve it.

Mr Bialiatski is for us a symbol of an un...

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Ales Bialiatski meets EU Commissioner Füle

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On July 2  Štefan FÜLE, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, met in Strasbourg with Ales BIALIATSKI, Belarussian political activist, head of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

After this meeting, the Europrean commission published a following statement :

EU-Belarus: Meeting with Ales Bialiatski in Strasbourg

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met with prominent Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski in Strasbourg on July 2...

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