August 3, 2012
Index on Censorship joins the International Day of Solidarity with Belarusian human rights activists and civil society, announced by a number of international organizations on August 4, the first anniversary of the arrest of Ales Bialiatski.
Kirsty Hughes, the Chief Executive of Index on Censorship stated:
“The detention of Nobel prize nominee Ales Bialiatski shows Lukashenka is attempting to silence independent voices and close down any criticism in Belarus. Bialiatski is one of Belarus’s leading human rights defenders and should be freed immediately.”
Index on Censorship is an organization with a 40-year history, which is located in London. The scope of its activities is the freedom of expression in the widest sense. Belarus is in the center of its attention for quite a long time: Index heads the Committee on Belarus, which includes representatives of international organizations concerned with issues of freedom of expression and human rights, including Amnesty International, Article 19, English PEN, the campaign Free Belarus Now and Belarusian “Free Theatre”. The well-known British playwright Tom Stoppard is also Member of the Belarusian Committee.