On September 25, 2013 Ales Biliatski turns 51. The last two years of his life the prominent human rights defender has spent in a Belarusian prison. On Ales’s birthday, the Dutch section of Amnesty International paid a visit to the Belarus Embassy in The Hague, presenting its staff with a special birthday cake, and thousands of new signatures demanding freedom for Ales.
Amnesty activists also gifted the Embassy with a package of fresh fruit and vegetables, reminding the Belarusian authorities of their ICESCR obligation to ensure fulfilment of the right of persons in detention to the highest attainable standard of mental and physical health.
Ahead of the action, Christie Miedema, Amnesty Netherlands’s coordinator for Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova, said in a letter to Belarusian colleagues that “we will remind Belarusian diplomats that while there are prisoners of conscience in the country, the world will not rest easy on the Belarusian government, keeping up relentless international pressure.”
Amnesty International is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Ales Bialiatski and other prisoners of conscience in Belarus.