Ales Bialiatski’s rights to correspodence unlawfully restricted

In the middle of April human rights defender Anastasiya Loika sent two letters of A4 format to Ales Bialiatski, the head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” who is serving a prison term in corrective colony n°2 in Babruisk.

The envelopes contained postcards, blank envelopes, post stamps and the Criminal-Executive Code of the Republic of Belarus. As she found out later, these letters weren’t received by Mr. Bialiatski.

As far as there were no prohibited items in the envelopes, Anastasiya Loika considered it as an arbitrary limitation of Bialiatski’s right to correspondence. She filed an appropriate appeal with the Mahiliou regioinal bureau of the penal department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Copies of the appeal were also sent to the Mahiliou regional procuracy and the civil supervisory commission at the main justice department of the Mahiliou Regional Executive Committee.

Anastasiya Loika requests holding a check-up on the fact of censorship of Bialiatski’s correspondence at correctional colony n°2 in Babruisk and informing her about the results.

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