Solidarity with Ales Bialiatski

A prominent human rights defender in Belarus, known far beyond his country and region, Ales Bialiatski was arrested on 4 August 2011 for his human rights activities, for which he was sentenced to four and a half years of detention in a severe regime. Since his arrest, he has been the recipient of an impressive and ceaseless wave of global solidarity.

Please see the below articles on solidarity actions and support for Ales Bialiatski worldwide:

Ales Bialiatski received at Paris Mayor’s Office and French MFA

The first visit of the Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Ales Bialiatski to Paris has come to an end. Before this, he had last visited Paris three years ago, a month before his arrest. All subsequent years members of the Federation throughout the world held solidarity actions and took every effort to secure his release.

FIDH staff, young activists, interpreters – all those who played an active part in the fate of the recent political prisoner – gathered for the long awaited meeting.

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Free at last! Paris welcomes Ales Bialiatski’s release


As promised by the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, the portrait of Ales Bialiatski, which was installed in front of the city’s 11th district hall, now features an inscription “Free at Last!” The French capital thus welcomes the release of the Belarusian human rights defender, an honorary citizen of Paris, Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

On June 30, Ales Bialiatski is expected to arrive in Paris, which hosts FIDH headquarters.

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” has been member of the International Federation for Human Rights since 2004. In 2007, Ales Bialiatski became the first FIDH vice-president from Eastern Europe and has been twice (in 2010 and 2013) re-elected to this post. In May 2012, during an action “Paris for Ales Bialiatski!” a po...

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Observatory : Ales Bialiatski freed after almost three years behind bars

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Paris-Geneva, June 26, 2014. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of FIDH and OMCT, welcomes the release on June 21, 2014 of Ales Bialiatski, President of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and Vice-President of FIDH, after almost three years spent in jail.

On June 21, 2014, Ales Bialiatski was granted an amnesty by the Belarusian authorities and released the same day. He was arrested on August 4, 2011 on politically motivated charges of “fiscal evasion”, and sentenced three months later to four and a half years of imprisonment in a penal colony of high security. He was subjected to especially harsh detention conditions...

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Sacha Koulaeva: Ales’ release is a sign of hope for human rights defenders facing repression in other countries


On June 23, Sacha Koulaeva, head of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), came to Minsk to congratulate FIDH vice-president Ales Bialiatski on his release on behalf of his colleagues from all around the world.

Of course, it’s a very happy day. A happy day for me personally, for all of us, for the tens, hundreds of people around the world – those who fought for this release, and there were a lot of such people. This is a great celebration for people in all countries of Latin America, Asia, Africa, certainly in our region, in Eastern Europe, Central Asia… But apart from that celebration feeling, we all have a feeling of bitterness – from the fact that Ales was in prison for nearly three years, which should have never happened...

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Civil Rights Defenders: Ales Bialiatski released after 1052 days behind bars


Previous to his arrest Ales Bialiatski had been raising funds to help repressed human rights defenders and their families. On November 24, 2011 he was found guilty of tax evasion on trumped up charges. In 2014 he was appointed “Civil Rights Defender of the Year” during the annual event Defenders’ Days. His wife and colleagues was invited to Stockholm to received the award in his name.

“I cannot describe how happy I am that our good friend and colleague is a free man. Ales Bialiatski’s imprisonment was a clear punishment for his human rights work and an attempt to intimidate civil society in Belarus...

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FIDH: Ales Bialiatski Free at Last!

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Ales Bialiatski, distinguished human rights defender, president of Viasna Human Rights Centre of Belarus and Vice President of FIDH was released this Saturday, 21 June after nearly three years in prison. He was at last granted amnesty which had been refused for two consecutive years on the pretext of “multiple violations of the detention regime”. The Belarus regime is still arbitrary, even when it grants a release…

“It is the support I received from all of you, all the national and international intervention from the day I was arrested that made it possible for me to be released today” said Ales upon arrival in Minsk.

Ales Bialiatski was arrested on 4 August 2011 on the grounds of “large-scale tax evasion” and sentenced, on 24 November 2011 to four and a half years of confineme...

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Open letter to the UN Human Rights Committee by Natalia Pinchuk and Antoine Bernard

Antoine Bernard, Chief Executive Officer of FIDH, and Natalia Pinchuk, Ales Bialiatski’s wife, the authors of an individual submission made two years ago on behalf of Ales Bialiatski, President of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” in Belarus and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), have submitted an open letter to the UN Human Rights Committee requesting the Committee to give urgent priority to examining this complaint.

Valentin Stefanovich, Vice-President of HRC “Viasna”, commented that “The submission on behalf of Ales Bialiatski regarding his wrongful imprisonment resulting from a violation of his rights was submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee on 12 April 2012. This submission stated that Mr...

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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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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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Nabeel Rajab wrote to Ales Bialiatski


From Jaw prison in Bahrain, Nabeel Rajab, FIDH Deputy Secretary General, wrote to Ales Bialiatski, FIDH Vice-President, who has been imprisoned for more than 2 years in Belarus.

My colleague, my friend, my beloved brother Ales,

I am Nabeel Rajab writing to you from prison in Bahrain.

I know a great man like you is imprisoned because you refuse to live in an unjust world.

It is so sad that all people of Belarus are being punished by taking you away from them.

You belong to your people, fighting for their rights, striving for their freedom, and seeking justice…

I sometime feel like screaming your name in my little jail and sometime feel helpless because I, instead, should by journeying the whole world fighting for your release.

I am so confident that we both will come out from prison even st...

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