International mobilisation of the FIDH network to demand the release of Ales Bialiatski

On 25 November 2011, a day after Ales Bialiatski’s sentence was pronounced, FIDH has called for an international solidarity event to support its Vice-President in every country that FIDH has a bureau or member organisation. Events were organised on all continents, in particular in Brussels, Buenos Aires, Saint Petersburg, Bishkek, Helsinki and Zagreb.

In Paris, members of FIDH’s international bureau, arriving from Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Argentina, the United States, Colombia, the DRC, Finland, Mauritania, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Mexico, Tunisia, Malaysia and Armenia, met in front of the Belarusian Embassy to denounce Ales’s four and a half year prison sentence under strict regime conditions. The LDH France, the Vietnam Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CVDDH), the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI), the Armanshahr/Open Asia Foundation and the Lao Movement for Human Rights also participated in this event.

The Belarusian Ambassador refused to receive the FIDH delegation. The open letter addressed to President Loukachenko was therefore deposited in the Embassy’s mail box.

Hundreds of balloons were released into the air in tribute to Ales.

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