French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

August 8, 2011

France expresses its very deep concern following the arrest by the Belarus police of Mr Aliaksandr Bialiatski, President of the “Viasna” Human Rights Center and Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).
France calls for the immediate release of this Human Rights defender, a major representative of the Belarus civil society, and for the ending of the harassment of his organization.

France recalls its attachment to the respect for fundamental freedoms, in particular the freedom of expression and association, and civil and political rights. With its European Union partners, France calls again on the Belarus authorities to release all political prisoners and to drop all legal proceedings against them, without delay.



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