FIDH expresses its deepest concern following the arrest today of Aliaksandr (Ales) Bialiatski, FIDH Vice-President and President of Human Rights Center Viasna.
A group of people in plain clothes surrounded the office of HRC “Viasna” in Minsk. Members of HRC “Viasna” immediately left the office and locked the door. They heard one of the plain-clothes individuals saying through his phone that “Bialiatski [was] not [t]here”.
At about 4.30 pm, Mr. Bialiatski was arrested on the street in the centre of Minsk by the police representative of the Department of Financial Investigations.
At the time of writing, the police were in the process of conducting a search of his home...Read More