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While the World Ice Hockey Championship takes place, violations continue … Video n°2

Belarus is hosting the World Ice Hockey Championship, which started last Friday and will end on 25 May.

FIDH has made 3 short animated films to denounce the human rights violations taking place in Belarus. These abuses cannot be camouflaged by the Championship.

After the first film about enforced labour in Belarus, see the second one about political prisoners :

 Together, we can all help to denounce these violations very easily by circulating these short films on our social networks : Facebook, Twitter and Youtube

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FIDH: While the World Ice Hockey Championship takes place, violations continue …


Belarus is hosting the World Ice Hockey Championship, which started last Friday and will end on 25 May. For once, this country – usually ignored by the media and international public opinion – will be in the spotlight.

FIDH has made 3 short animated films to denounce the human rights violations taking place in Belarus.  These abuses cannot be camouflaged by the Championship. These three 15-second films will be aired during 3 big “game-days” : 13 May Norway / Sweden, 15 May Finland/Belarus, and 20 May Russia/Belarus.

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Swiss human rights defenders support civil society of Belarus


Amnesty International’s Swiss branch calls Belarusian authorities for “fair play in the field of human rights” within an advocacy campaign coinciding with the World Ice Hockey Championship in Minsk

Human rights defenders from the Amnesty International inform different groups of the population about gross human rights violations in a country hosting a global sport event, and collect signatures under a petition calling for immediate and unconditional release of the Belarusian prisoners of consciousness – Mikalai Statkevich, Eduard Lobau and Ales Bialatski, and for the abolition of death penalty and all repressive laws.

 “Our campaign is continuation of the last year’s campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in Belarus, and continuation of our work to support prisoners of cons...

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1000 days in prison: Free Ales Bialiatski now!

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.

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Sport for sport : appeal by Human rights organisations to the Governments of the countries participating in the 2014 World Ice Hokey Championship to be held in Minsk


The World Ice Hockey Championship will be held from 9 to 25 May 2014, in Minsk (Belarus).

We, as representatives of both international and national human rights organizations (see list of signatories below), welcome this unique possibility for Belarusian people to enjoy the sportive competition hosted by their country and the universal values of sport.

Going far beyond these values, the country’s top administration, including President A. Lukashenko, has repeatedly underscored that the World Ice Hockey Championship is an important political event...

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Human rights organization Libereco demand a special amnesty from Belarusian authorities on the occasion of Ice Hockey World Championship


On the occasion of the Ice Hockey World Championship, which will take place in Belarus in May, human rights defenders and parliamentarians demand a special amnesty from Belarusian president Lukashenka for the release of all political prisoners and have launched an online petition that you can sign on

Currently nine people are under arrest for political reasons in Belarus. Among them nobel peace prize nominee Ales Bialiatski, for whom Katrin Göring-Eckardt, chairwoman of Green Party Bundestag´s parliamentary group, has undertaken one prisoner´s godparenthood.

Since the December 2010 presidential elections, the then-candidate Mikalai Statkevich has been detained...

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Ales Bialiatski – Civil Rights Defender of the Year 2014


Ales Bialiatski, founder of the Belarusian human rights organisation Viasna, is the recipient of the 2014 Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award. His wife, Natalya Pinchuk, and his colleagues of “Viasna” received the prize on his behalf at a official ceremony held on April 4 in Stockholm.

Civil Rights Defenders noted, that for over 30 years, Ales Bialiatski had pursued a life of continuous struggle to campaign for democracy and human rights, first in the Soviet Union and then in Belarus. Ales was arrested on 4 August 2011 and sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for tax evasion in a trial with clear political overtones. Since then he has been imprisoned and prevented from communicating freely with the outside world...

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Freedom House, the Lithuanian Parliament and human rights defenders launch initiative to support Belarusian political prisoners


Freedom House, in cooperation with the Lithuanian Parliament and Belarusian human rights defenders, launched the MP4Freedom initiative inviting Lithuanian MPs to become “godparents” of political prisoners in Belarus.“As neighbors, Lithuanians should care about the future of the Belarusian nation,” said Petras Austrevicius, deputy speaker of the Seimas, who championed the initiative on behalf of the Lithuanian Parliament.  “The idea behind this initiative is to encourage Lithuanian MPs to engage on the issue personally by becoming ‘godparents’ of political prisoners in Belarus.

Belarus is hosting Ice Hockey World Championship in May 2014 and it is not fair that some Belarusians will not have an opportunity to enjoy it due to the ongoing repressions in the country,” sa...

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Ales Bialiatski: Finalist for the 2014 Front Line Defenders Award


February 10 the international organization Front Line Defenders presented the Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the first of six finalists for the 10th annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk, awarded in collaboration with medyyasetkay “Al Jazeera.”

Front Line Defenders stated in its press-release on the topic:

Ales Bialiatski
is chairman of Human Rights Centre ‘Viasna’, one of the biggest human rights groups in Belarus which campaigns against the death penalty, torture and ill-treatment and on behalf of political prisoners. The organisation was forcibly closed down in 2003 and barred from holding a bank account in Belarus. This left its members open to prosecution for working for an unregistered organisation...

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Front Line Defenders launches Olympics campaign on 12 human rights defenders


Front Line Defenders launched an online and social media campaign  to focus attention on the plight of 12 human rights defenders (HRDs) from Eastern Europe and Central Asia coinciding with the launch of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The ‘Rights. Risks. Change!’ campaign calls on the public to take solidarity action to support these 12 defenders and to pressure local officials to respect the work of HRDs.

All 12 of the HRDs highlighted in the campaign have displayed great courage and integrity in their work on a range of human rights issues. From those who are suffering long-term imprisonment like Ales Bialiatski in Belarus and Azimjan Askarov in Kyrgyzstan to Russian HRDs like Stephania Koulaeva and Evgeny Vitishko who face criminalization for their work challenging discrimina...

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