A portrait of Ales Bialiatski, vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights and the head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, was installed in front of the Mayor’s office of the 11th arrondissement of Paris on May 11, 2012. In this way the French capital expressed its support to the campaign aimed at the liberation of the Belarusian human rights.
Souhayr Belhassen (President of FIDH), Patrick Bloch (Mayor of the 11th arrondissement of Paris) and Pierre Schapira (Deputy Mayor of Paris, the Commissioner for Foreign Relations) strongly condemned the continuing repression in Belarus, demanded the release of all political prisoners and called to a “strong, visible and united” mobilization of the entire international community.
The ceremony was attended by the ombudsmen of a number of European countries – Sweden, Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands and France, and members of the FIDH International Board coming from Africa, South and North America, eastern and western Europe and Asia, representatives of member organization of the FIDH and journalists.
The event drew a large attention. The people who gathered for the rally, chanted slogans, calling to an immediate release of Ales Bialiatski.