On October 5, 2011 Shirin Ebadi, well-known Iranian human rights activist and lawyer, awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, gave a statement on the case of her Belarusian colleague Ales Bialiatski :
Invited by the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, Shirin Ebadi took part in a press-conference, held on October 5 at the Office of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in Brussels. Taking the portrait of Ales Bialiatski, she declared : “I would like to say a few words on the kind of goverment there is in Belarus. This picture is of my Belarusian colleague Ales Bialiatski. He is currently in prison”.
“I’m very sorry to hear that two European Union states, Lithuania and Poland, have helped Belarusian government to arrest M. Ales Bialiatski”, added Shirin Ebadi.