Human rights defenders and civil society are subjected to harsh conditions in Belarus. Their situation has been therefore 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 (For more details, see the FIDH report Belarus: Restrictions on the Political and Civil Rights of Citizens Following the 2010 Presidential Election).
Bialiatski’s case has become to be a 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.
This website informs about the struggle of Belarusian civil society, what is done at the international level to end this harassment and what more can be done.
This website, created the days after the arrest of Ales Bialitaski, also covers the international campaign for his immediate release and provides information about the conditions of his detention.
About Ales Bialiatski
Ales Bialiatski, FIDH Vice President and Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, was sentenced on 24 November 2011 to four and a half years in a strict security penal colony for his human rights activities. He has been in prison since 4 August, 2011, but even behind bars he still finds himself under pressure.
FIDH is an international NGO federating 164 human rights NGOs in more than 100 countries. It defends all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It acts in the legal and political fields for the creation and reinforcement of international instruments for the protection of human rights and for their implementation.
FIDH priorities are to : protect and support human rights defenders, defend and promote women’s rights, protect and promote migrants’ rights, promote the administration of justice and fight against impunity, reinforce respect for human rights in the context of globalisation and mobilise the community of States.
FIDH deploys a large range of actions that have proved to be effective: urgent reactions, both public and confidential, international fact-finding; trial observation and defence missions; and political dialogue, advocacy, litigation and public awareness campaigns.