Activists of Amnesty International and Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights hold a picket in Zurich/Switzerland to remember that Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski is in prison since 1000 days on 29th April 2014. The Swiss human rights activists are calling for the immediate release of Ales Bialiatski and all prisoners of conscience in Belarus on the occasion of the beginning of the Ice Hockey World Championships on 9 May.
This website was created after the arrest of Ales Bialitaski, as an information portal about the struggle of Belarusian civil society, what has been done at the international level to end its harassment and what more can be done.
Human rights defenders and civil society in Belarus are subjected to harsh conditions. As a result, their plight has often been in the international spotlight, particularly in December 2010, when popular protest overs the 2010 Presidential elections was crushed by the State. Many people were arrested, harassed and beaten.
Arrested by the Belarusian authorities on grounds of “serious tax evasion” on August 4, 2011, Ales Bialiatski was subsequently condemned for his human rights activities. Ales Bialiatski is Vice-President of FIDH and President of the Belarus-based Human Rights Centre “Viasna”. Bialiatski’s case has become symbolic of the constant persecution that human rights defenders and representatives of civil society in Belarus as a whole are subjected to by the government.