The Belarusian ambassador to the Netherlands has been passed a golden coin with Ales Bialiatski’s portrait and 84 thousand signatures for his release.
On 8 February, Henk Hulshof, the European coordinator of the international human rights organsation Amnesty International, and Harry van Bommel, a member of the European Parliament, met the Belarus’ ambassador in The Hague, Nasha Niva reports.
Alena Grytsenka was handed in 84 thousand signatures, collected in support of Ales Bialiatski, with a golden coin with a portrait of the politically imprisoned human rights activist engraved on it and the writing “Free Ales Bialiatski”.
Additionally, over 6600 people transferred one cent to the Belarusian Embassy’s bank account with a payment note “For the release of Ales Bialiatski”.
We would remind that the head of the human rights center Viasna was sentenced to 4.5 years in priosn in November 2011. He was found guilty of alleged tax evasion. The human rights activist did not acknowledge the guilt and stated that all the money, transferred to his accounts were used for human rights activities.