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 becomes an Honorary Citizen of Paris

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On December 10, Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë presented this symbolic award to Adam Bialiatski, the son of the political prisoner. The ceremony took place during a luncheon in honor of FIDH at City Hall in Paris.

Ales Bialiatski was granted the title of Honorary Citizen of Paris in October 2012 at the suggestion of the mayor and under the initiative of the City Council for the 11th arrondissment of the capital city of France.

It had always been Bertrand Delanoë’s hope to award the honorary citizenship to Ales Bialiatski in person, but the mayor’s term is ending and he understood that this would not be possible. So he decided to present this honor to the son of this prisoner of conscious on December 10, International Human Rights Day.

Witnessing the ceremony were several hundred guests...

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Prison solidarity: Bahrain-Belarus


Nabeel Rajab, the head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Deputy Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), who is in custody in Bahrain, sends his Belarusian counterpart on the International board of FIDH, political prisoner Ales Bialiatski words of solidarity.

On 2 December, the day when the court denied his request for early release (for which he has the right under national legislation, as he has served more than three-quarters of the term), Nabeel was able to call from the Bahraini prisons “Jaw” to the International Secretariat FIDH and convey that he is very worried about the fate of Alesi Bialiatski...

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Belarusian political prisoners on the short list of Sakharov prize


On 30 September the Foreign Affairs Committee of European Parliament announced of the short list of candidates for Andrey Sakharov Prize “For the freedom of thought”. Among the contenders for the award were called Belarusian political prisoners Ales Bialiatski, Eduard Lobau and Mikalai Statkevich, as well as the US national Edward Snovden and the Pakistani human rights activist, schoolgirl Malala Yusufzai.

Belarusian political prisoners were nominated to this prize by the MEPs Marek Migalski, Jacek Protasiewicz and Philip Kaczmarek.

The final winner will be announced on 10 October by the heads of all seven parliamentary groups of the European Parliament. The grand award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 20 October.

The Sakharov Prize, established in 1998, has a cash value of 50 millio...

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Ales Bialiatski receives highly symbolic Václav Havel Human Rights Prize


Paris-Minsk, 30 septembre 2013 – As the Council of Europe just announced the 2013 laureate of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, FIDH and Human Rights Centre “Viasna” express their utmost support to its recipient Ales Bialiatski, President of HRC “Viasna” and Vice President of FIDH. Prominent human rights defender in Belarus, Ales Bialiatski was sentenced to 4 and a half years of detention in severe regime in August 2011 for his human rights activities.

« This prize is particularly symbolic for Ales », explained Valiantsin Stefanovic, vice-president of Viasna. « Vaclav Havel and Bialiatski met, and a few days before he died, Václav Havel wrote a letter to Ales in prison. In it, he expressed his support to Ales and the hope that Belarus would one day be a democratic state ».


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Paris Mayor expresses support for Ales Bialiatski


On the occasion of Ales Bialiatski’s birthday, FIDH and Human Rights Centre “Viasna” publish a letter that Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe wrote him to celebrate the sad anniversary of his detention.

Mayor of Paris

To Ales Bialiatski

Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Vice-president of FIDH

Paris, September 2013


Dear Mr. Bialiatski,

I could not ignore the anniversary since the unjust imprisonment, of which you have been a victim since August 4, 2011, and I would like to reassure you of my support and awe that I have for your struggle for human rights in Belarus.

I am also aware of the harsh conditions in which you are serving your sentence, and I admire your courage and tenacity.

The title of the honorary citizen of Paris, with which the deputies of our awarded you at my requ...

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Amnesty Netherlands visited Belarusian embassy to celebrate Ales Bialiatski’s birthday

On September 25, 2013 Ales Biliatski turns 51. The last two years of his life the prominent human rights defender has spent in a Belarusian prison. On Ales’s birthday, the Dutch section of Amnesty International paid a visit to the Belarus Embassy in The Hague, presenting its staff with a special birthday cake, and thousands of new signatures demanding freedom for Ales.

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Amnesty activists also gifted the Embassy with a package of fresh fruit and vegetables, reminding the Belarusian authorities of their ICESCR obligation to ensure fulfilment of the right of persons in detention to the highest attainable standard of mental and physical health.

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Ahead of the action, Christie Miedema, Amnesty Netherlands’s coordinator for Bela...

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On required actions of the international community in connection with the case of prisoner of conscience Ales Bialiatski


Statement by the International Observation Mission of the Committee on International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus

Acting on behalf of the Committee on International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus (CIC), which brings together representatives of national and international non-governmental organizations from the OSCE countries,

monitoring the overall situation with the observance of fundamental human rights in Belarus,

stressing that human rights are a matter of direct and legitimate concern of the international civil society, as well as the OSCE participating countries, which have committed themselves to exercise joint control over the observance of human rights standards and the rule of law,

given the special international legal status of human rig...

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Send birthday wishes to Ales Bialiatski!

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Ales Bialiatski, the imprisoned leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights, will celebrate his 51st birthday on September 25. Since August 4, 2011, the human rights defender has been behind bars, first in the detention center in Minsk, and eventually in the Babruisk-based penal colony No. 2.

For a third time in a row, Ales Bialiatski has not been able to celebrate his birthday together with his family, friends and colleagues. However, each of us has the opportunity to congratulate Ales by sending him your kind words of support and sincere wishes...

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FIDH President Karim Lahidji: the principle of non-interference is a fig leaf covering inaction


Iranian lawyer Karim Lahidji became the head of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) this May. In Iran, where he worked with defense of political prisoners, he was exposed to arrests and assaults and even an explosion attempt. When it became evident that the Iranian powers would not hesitate to murder the unwanted lawyer, Karim left the country and continued his fight for the fate of the Iranian nation abroad. But Karim Lahidji’s goal is to help other countries ruled by dictators, such as Belarus.

The FIDH President answered the questions of editor-in-chief of Natallia Radzina.

- Mister Lahidji, it is the first time an Iranian became the head of the FIDH. You know from your own experience how dictatorships function...

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Ales Bialiatski shortlisted for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

Photo by Yulia Darashkevich

Ales Bialiatski (Belarus), the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (Georgia) and the Rights Defence Network (China), are the three candidates shortlisted in Prague for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize on September 26.

The selection panel, comprising six independent figures and chaired by Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), drew up its shortlist on the basis of 27 candidatures which fulfilled the criteria for the Prize.

A reaction is needed when human rights are under threat, and this is what we do. But it is also necessary to encourage and place the spotlight on those who commit themselves to human rights, and this is something we perhaps do a little less. This is what the Prize does,” said Jean-Claude Mignon when he announced...

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