Canada Condemns Conviction of Belarusian Human Rights Activist Ales Bialiatski

On November 28, 2011, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird condemned the conviction by Belarus of Ales Bialiatski, a long-time human rights defender and head of the human rights organization Viasna.

” Canada unequivocally condemns the conviction of Ales Bialiatski and considers this verdict to be politically motivated,” said Baird.

“This trial has not met any reasonable standard of due process. The verdict reconfirms our view that the current Belarusian government continues to completely disregard its international commitments to human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Canada yet again urges Belarus to release all political prisoners and drop all charges against them.

Canada remains a vigorous defender of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law and will continue to work with other international partners and organizations to ensure that the people of Belarus can exercise their fundamental rights.

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