U.S. Embassy condemns the Detention of Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski

The August 4 detention of Viasna 96 leader Ales Byalyatski  is extremely troubling and represents another, unfortunate sign of Belarus’ self-isolation and further deviation from European standards and principles.  In democratic societies, independent NGOs like Viasna 96  — who the government continues to refuse to register –play a crucial role in the all important system of checks and balances. Recognizing this, societies pass laws creating conditions for the “third sector” to function and flourish. They do not try to marginalize civil society by denying registration and harassing and detaining NGO members.

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