Human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, sentenced to 4.5 years in a high security colony for alleged tax evasion on 24 November, has been transferred to the notorious Zhodzina prison.His wife Natallia learned about it by chance – today she paid a visit to the pre-trial prison where he had been kept, in order to pass him a parcel. The regime in the Zhodzina prison is stricter and the conditions are worse. Meanwhile, on 29 November Bialiatski’s lawyer filed an appeal against the sentence with the Minsk City Court. The day of the trial hasn’t been appointed so far. You can write to Bialiatski on the following address: 222160, Minsk region, Zhodzina, prison #8, for Bialiatski A.V.
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.