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Freeales.fidh.net 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.

Ales Bialiatski, Oslo Freedom Forum, 2009

Aliaksandr (Ales) Bialiatski is the founder and head of human rights center Viasna and a Vice-president of FIDH (Fédération internationale des droits de l’Homme). Despite being officially shut down by the Supreme Court in 2003, Viasna is one of the few remaining organizations that continues to offer direct support to persecuted individuals and their families in Belarus, as well as practical and political assistance to other victims. Althought not a politican, Bialiatski’s advocacy has made him a central opposition figure in the country and the authorities have taken him to court in at least 20 instances. Bialiatski is the 2006 recipient of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee’s Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award...

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Ales Bialiatski: a life dedicated to fighting totalitarianism

Belarusian Human rights defender Ales (Aliaksandr) Bialiatski is facing 3 to 7 years in prison on State manufactured “tax evasion” charges. His struggle against the Belarusian State has come to symbolise the fight of a nation hostage to one of the last political dinosaurs of Eastern Europe. He receives widespread support from the international community.

AlesBialiatski evokes memories of freedom fighters found in the “Cold War” chapters of history books. His deep and sparkling steel-blue eyes reflect his incredible gentleness and fierce obstinacy. In Belarus, the Lukachenko presidency has come to embody the monolithic powers of the former Soviet Republics more than ever before...

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Ales in Tunisia

Ales in Tunisia | Алесь в Тунисе | Ales en Tunisie | Ales en Túnez

More pictures | Остальные фотографии | Plus de photos | Más fotos

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Ongoing juridical harassment against Mr. Ales Bialiatski and extension of his detention term

August 16, 2011
The Observatory has been informed of the existence of formal charges against Mr. Ales Bialatski, President of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Viasna” and Vice-President of FIDH, and of the extension of his detention term.

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

New information:

According to the information received, on August 14, 2011, the detention of Mr. Ales Bialiatski was extended to two months by decision of the Prosecutor, after Mr...

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