Ales Bialiatski’s friends and relatives stopped receiving any letters from him. In particular, the last letter received by his wife Natallia is dated September 20. Some of Ales’s friends haven’t received answers to three or more letters they had sent.“Viasna” members also doubt that letters are received by Ales. Human rights defender Valiantsin Stefanovich doesn’t hide his concern and says he is anxious about the possible informational blockade of Ales Bialiatski in the remand prison. It’s especially important that Ales feels the support and solidarity of his colleagues now, when his case has been passed to the court. If the situation doesn’t change in the next few days, human rights defenders will start taking measures for solving this problem.
This website was created after the arrest of Ales Bialitaski, as an information portal about the struggle of Belarusian civil society, what has been done at the international level to end its harassment and what more can be done.
Human rights defenders and civil society in Belarus are subjected to harsh conditions. As a result, their plight has often been in the international spotlight, particularly in December 2010, when popular protest overs the 2010 Presidential elections was crushed by the State. Many people were arrested, harassed and beaten.
Arrested by the Belarusian authorities on grounds of “serious tax evasion” on August 4, 2011, Ales Bialiatski was subsequently condemned for his human rights activities. Ales Bialiatski is Vice-President of FIDH and President of the Belarus-based Human Rights Centre “Viasna”. Bialiatski’s case has become symbolic of the constant persecution that human rights defenders and representatives of civil society in Belarus as a whole are subjected to by the government.