To the attention of the President of Belarus,
Mr. Alexander Lukashenko,
On behalf of the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights (OMDH), I urge you to immediately release Ales Bialiatski, FIDH Vice-President and President of the Belarusian Human Rights Center “Viasna” (Viasna), who has unjustly been condemned to 4 and a half years of strict regime detention, the payment of a fine, and the confiscation of his property, including Viasna’s offices and property registered with members of his family.
As President of Viasna, and vice President of the FIDH, Mr. Bialiatski has always upheld the most complete transparence in all his activities and there is no doubt that the totality of the charges held against him have to be dropped.
The weakness of the accusation, often out of topic, and the KGB’s involvement in this affaire is the sign of an unacceptable political involvement which can only be condemned and which reflects the actual regime’s tendency to muzzle human rights activists, journalists and lawyers. My organization was also particularly dismayed with the reaction of state owned medias who slandered his name and labeled Mr. Bialiatski as an enemy of the state.
Mr. Bialiatski has now been illegally detained since the 4th of August 2011 and I urge you to proceed to his immediate release and to abandon all charges against him. We hope that your Excellency will promptly take our demands in consideration and end the media smear campaign targeting him.
President of the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights (OMDH)
Vice-president of the FIDH