On March 11, 2012, the deputy head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Valiantsin Stefanovich didn’t manage to come to Lithuania. He was stopped by border guards at the crossing point “Kamenny Loh” and told that foreign travel restrictions were applied towards him.However, the human rights defender received no explanations. On March 7 officers of this crossing point didn’t let out the head of the United Civil Party Anatol Liabedzka, on March 10 – the head of the Belarusian Leftist Party “Fair World” Siarhei Kaliakin and activist of the movement “For Freedom” Viktar Karniayenka. Bear in mind that in the beginning of March the web-portal tut.by stated that the Belarusian authorities were considering the possibility of introducing foreign travel restrictions towards the people who directly called to introduce sanctions against Belarus. According to that information, the preliminary list contained 108 surnames. This is the way the Belarusian regime reacts to the extension of the list of Belarusian officials falling under visa restrictions and freezing of assets in the EU.
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.