On 27 June in Vilnius, Head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and one of the founders of the Belarusian Human Rights House Ales Bialiatski gave a press conference for the Lithuanian media.
Ales Bialiatski opened the press conference by saying that he wanted to answer in advance the question he would definitely be asked.
“ I don’t have any hard feelings. It was not the Lithuanian but the Belarusian government that put me in jail,” he said.
Bialiatski hopes other political prisoners will also be freed as there are still seven people in Belarus imprisoned for their political views.
Ahead of the press conference, Bialiatski removed a poster saying “Freedom for Ales Bialiatski” off the door of the Vilnius-based Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House.
The director of human rights organization Viasna also said it was too early to consider his release the start of positive changes in Belarus in the field of human rights. In his words, the West should not jump to conclusions.
“As long as there are political prisoners in Belarus, there can be no serious talks on the improvement of relations,” Bialiatski said.
See the full video of Bialiatski press conference in Russian
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Vilnius, 27 June 2014
Video by Human Rights Center “Viasna”