Civil Society Forum calls for immediate release of Ales Bialiatski

 Catherine Ashton

Vice-President, European Commission,

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, European Council

Štefan Füle 

European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy

Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Eastern Partnership countries

Ministers of Foreign Affairs, EU member states

Brussels, 30 July 2012

 

Statement demanding the immediate release of Ales Bialiatski 

 

The 4th of August marks the first anniversary of the imprisonment of Ales Bialiatski, the leader of Belarusian human rights organization Viasna and vice president of the International Federation for Human Rights. This date will be marked by demonstrations throughout Europe. Prisoners in Belarusian prisons are often subject to inhuman treatment and heavy pressure to make them plead for a pardon or even confess. This is unacceptable.

We demand that Ales Bialiatski be released so that he can continue his important work for human rights in his own country, Belarus, and elsewhere. The free and unimpeded work of human rights activists such as Ales is a precondition for the progress and development of Belarusian society.

We call on the EU member states, the EU institutions and the governments of the Eastern Partnership countries to raise the question with the Belarusian government on all possible occasions and demand the immediate release of Ales Bialiatski and revocation of his sentence.

Steering Committee, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

 

Steering Committee members:
Co-Chairs
Ihor KOHUT
Agency for Legislative Initiatives; Ukrainian School of Political Studies, Ukraine kohut@laboratory.kiev.ua
Jeff LOVITT
PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society)
jefflovitt@pasos.org
Eastern Partnership country members:
Gubad Ibadoglu BAYRAMOV
Economic Research Center, Azerbaijan
gubad.ibadoglu@gmail.com
Vugar BAYRAMOV
Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Azerbaijan
vugarbayram@yahoo.com
Yaroslav BEKISH
“Green Alliance”, Belarus
yaroslav.bel@gmail.com
Victor COTRUTA
Regional Environmental Centre Moldova
victor.cotruta@rec.md
Manana KOCHLADZE
Association Green Alternative, Georgia
mananak@greenalt.org
Siarhei LISICHONAK
Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus
s.lisichonak@gmail.com
Seyran MARTIROSYAN
A.D. Sakharov Armenian Human Rights Centre
star@gyumri.am
Eduard MIHALAS
National Youth Council of Moldova
eduard.mihalas@cntm.md
Ucha NANUASVHILI   
Human Rights Center, Georgia
uchananua@yahoo.com
EU country members:
Andrzej ADAMCZYK
European Economic and Social Committee/ NSZZ Solidarnosc Trade Union, Poland anadamczyk@wp.pl
Krzysztof BOBIŃSKI
Unia a Polska Foundation, Poland
bobinski@it.com.pl
Wojciech BORODZICZ-SMOLIŃSKI
Center for International Relations, Poland
borodzicz@csm.org.pl
Bettina BRAND
Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association
Amanda LÖVKVIST
European Network of Political Foundations (ENOP)/Swedish International Liberal Centre amanda.lovkvist@gmail.com
Olga STUZHINSKAYA
Office for a Democratic Belarus, Belgium
olga@democraticbelarus.eu 

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