FIDH President not allowed to attend the trial of Ales Bialiatski

The President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Souhayr Belhassen was not allowed to Minsk ahead of the trial against Ales Bialiatski.

The Belarusian Embassy in Paris denied a visa to  saying her visit to Minsk would be undesirable.

Souhayr Belhassen and other human rights activists were going to watch court trial against Viasna human rights centre Ales Bialiatski scheduled for Wednesday. According to human rights activist Tatsyana Ravyaka, two Norwegian lawyers were also forbidden to attend the trial:

“FIDH President Souhayr Belhassen, whom we were waiting for and who would like to attend the trial, has been denied a visa. Two our colleagues from Norway, Ane Bonde and Daiva Petkeviciute from Human Rights House Foundation were also refused visas. We’d really like them to be present at the trial. We expect our colleagues and international organization to pay wide attention to the case of Ales and the trial.”

Ales Bialiatski, the FIDH Vice President was detained in early August by the Financial Investigation Department of the Belarusian State Control Committee, Radio Racyja reminds.

The head of Viasna human rights centre is charged with failure to pay taxes on the money he received as aid to victims of police repressions after December 19. He stands trial in Minsk tomorrow. Under the Criminal Code, Ales Bialiatski may face up to 7 years in prison.

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