On August 6, 2012 Lithuanian and Belarusian civil activists gathered near the Belarusian Embassy in Vilnius to express solidarity with the well-known human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, detained a year ago and sentenced to 4.5 years of prison for work for the human rights in Belarus.Participants of the actions passed a collective petition to the Ambassador of Belarus. The petition, signed by more than 200 people, contained the demand to immediately and unconditionally release Ales Bialiatski and all political prisoners in Belarus. Apart from Belarusians and Lithuanians, signatures under the petition were put by citizens of Britain, Belgium, South Korea, Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, USA, Pakistan, Italia, Luxemburg and other countries (21 countries in total). “We demand that the Belarusian authorities immediately stop persecution of civil society activists and human rights defenders in the country and put the legislation of Belarus in line with the international standards of human rights,” reads the petition.
TV channel “Euronews” showed a report about the action in Vilnius in support of the human rights defender Ales Bialiatski who has been kept in jail for a year by now.