FIDH President : representatives of Belarusian civil society amaze by their persistence

Souhayr Belhassen is the leader of one of Tunisian human rights organizations and for several years heads the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), where Ales Bialiatski hold the position of the vice president.

Souhayr Belhassen supported the initiative of the International Day of Solidarity with the civil society in Belarus and made a following statement on August 2, 2012 :

“Members of the International Federation for Human Rights (164 human rights organizations around the world) for a year are actively involved in the campaign for the release of Ales Bialiatski. The anniversary of his arrest once again reminds us of the critical situation of civil society in Belarus.

Despite the hard times that touches all the concerned people of this country – journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and opposition activists – Belarusian colleagues amaze us with the firmness of their convictions their never-ending struggle for freedom and human dignity, and their personal courage. On behalf of all members of the Federation, I would like to express my support to the campaign of the International Day of Solidarity with the Civil Society in Belarus, as well as gratitude to its organizers and participants”.

Civil society activists, human rights activists from Russia and other countries took the initiative of an International Day of Solidarity with civil society and human rights movement in Belarus on August 4.

Exactly that day in 2011 Ales Bialiatski was arrested. Solidarity rallies will take place around the world.

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