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:

Vilnius: banner “freedom to political prisoners” hanged out on the building of the Belarusian Embassy

An action dedicated to the second anniversary of the arrest of Ales Bialiatski took place in the capital of Lithuania.

The event was held near the Belarusian Embassy to Lithuania and was attended by about 30 people. The action participants put on masks with a portrait of Ales Bialiatski and unfurled national flags and posters: “Human rights advocacy is no crime!”, “Solve problems, not jail those who speak openly about them!” and “Freedom to political prisoners!”.

During the event some unknown people hanged out a white transparency right on the wall of the Belarusian Embassy. The banner contained a portrait of Ales Bialiatski and an inscription in English “Freedom for political prisoners in Belarus”. It could be seen well enough from the Embassy’s windows.

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Solidarity action with Ales Bialiatski in Bishkek

An action of solidarity with the Belarusian human rights defender was held in the capital of Kyrghizstan.

The human rights movement “Bir Duyno Kyrghizstan” held an action in support of the Belarusian civil society activists within the frames of the International Day of Solidarity with the Civil Society of Belarus, which has been held on 4 August, the date of arrest of the Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, for the second year already, informs radio “Azattyk”.

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“Ales Bialiatski’s Case” presented in Moscow

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A round table and a photo exhibition were held on the Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civil society in Moscow. The participants of these events also signed postcards in support of the human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, who was arrested two years ago.

The action, held on the territory of the Moscow design factory “Flacon”, was attended by about 50 people – human rights activists from the International Observation Mission on human rights in Belarus, the Youth Human Rights Movement, political scientists, journalists, students and representatives of the Belarusian diaspora in Moscow.

In the beginning of the event, journalist of Radio “Liberty” Valery Kalinouski presented the book “Bialiatski’s Case”, published in the series “Library of Liberty”...

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Homel human rights defender holds action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski

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On 4 August Homel human rights activist Anatol Paplauny held an action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski. He distributed several hundred of postcards with information about the well-known human rights activist, political prisoner who had been arrested by the Belarusian authorities on 4 August 2011. The postcards were distributed in the “Ukrainski” market and at bus stops in the city center, starting from Homel State University (where Ales Bialiatski studied and began to engage in social activities).

Passers-by paid interest to the cards, ask questions, as many people still not know that the Belarusian human rights activist is kept in prison for his activities. There were also those who refused to pick up the postcards on hearing the words “political prisoner”.

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Belarusian Association of Journalists addresses head of penal colony No. 2 in Babruisk

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Members of the journalist organization state that according to the recent information, received from the correctional facility, groundless penalties were issued to human rights defender Ales Bialiatski who is serving his term there.

In particular, the colony administration deprived him of the meeting with his wife which was to have taken place in July. Moreover, he wasn’t allowed to receive a food parcel.

The Belarusian Association of Journalists considers it as pressurization of the human rights defender, connected to his civil position, not with the violations which were allegedly committed by him.

That’s why the organization asks to abolish the imposed penalties and allow Ales Bialiatski to meet with his wife Natallia Pinchuk as soon as possible.

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Actions to be held on the International Day of Solidarity with Civil Society of Belarus

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Moscow, 4 August. At 4 p.m. a round table with the participation of human rights defenders and experts who study the development of the civil society in Belarus will take place at the design factory “Flacon”, Bolshaya Novodmitrovskaya Street, 36-26-7. The experts will read short reports and answer the questions asked by the public. The presentation of the book “Bialiatski’s Case” will also take place at the round table.

At 17:30 there will open the exhibition “Solidarity is stronger repression”, which will give the visitors an opportunity to see the life of the country through the eyes of Belarusian photographers.

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In Belarus, pickets in support of Ales Bialiatski are still banned

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Baranavichy

Human rights activist Siarhei Housha and social activist Viktar Syrytsa received a letter signed by the deputy chairman of the Baranavichy City Executive Committee, Dz. Kastsiukevich. They were informed that the executive committee doesn’t permit holding an informational picket on 4 August 2013 in support of the imprisoned human rigths activist Ales Bialiatski, who has spent two years in prison already.

The official believes that the applicants have violated the decision of the Baranavichy CEC of 16 June 2009 No. 1497, “On the order of holding public events in Baranavichy”, according to which Lenin Street is not a place for public events.

Previously, we reported that the information event was planned in order to draw public attention to the problem of political prisoners in our...

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“Bialiatski’s Case” to be presented in Moscow

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On 4 August, the second anniversary of the arrest of human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, actions in his support will take place in many countries of the world within the framework of the International Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civil society.

On 4 August the public discussion “Will Russia become Belarus?” will take place at the design factory “Flacon”, as well as the opening of the photo exhibition “Solidarity Is Stronger than Repression”.

The member of the human rights council under the President of Russia, Head of the International Observation Mission for Human Rights in Belarus Andrey Yurov, the leading researcher of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies “Higher school of economics” Andrey Suzdaltsev, the head of the independent resear...

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Solidarity with Ales Bialiatski in Gdansk

Real masterpieces supporting Belarusian political prisoners can be seen on the walls of Polish towns.

One of the graffiti in Gdansk depicts a postcard to jailed human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, Belorusski Partizan reports.

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Ales Bialiatski serves his prison term in correctional colony No. 2 in Babruisk. On November 24, 2011, he was found guilty of a large-scale tax fraud and sentenced to 4.5 years in a medium security correctional colony and confiscation of property. Bialiatski faced prosecution for having bank accounts in Lithuania and Poland. The court ignored the fact that he used all the money on human rights activities.

Ales Bialiatski received several awards for human rights struggle last year. The Belarusian political prisoner received the Petra Kelly Prize and the Lech Wałęsa...

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FIDH holds demonstration for human rights in front of EU institutions while Belarus Foreign Affairs Minister Makey is received in Brussels

Brussels – 22 July 2013

Today, on the occasion of Belarus Foreign Affairs Minister Vladimir Makey’s visit to Brussels, FIDH held a demonstration in Rond-Point Schuman, in the heart of the European (EU) district.

Demonstrators held portraits of 12 political prisoners currently behind bars and put up black and white balloons symbolising the Belarusian jails This is Mr. Makey’s first visit on the EU territory since the EU lifted temporarily his visa ban on 25 June 2013. Travel restrictions for Belarusian officials are part of EU’s restrictive measures against Belarus.

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FIDH reiterated that the human rights situation in Belarus remains catastrophic and that any political dialogue between the EU and Belarus must remain conditioned by the release of political prisoners and reinstatem...

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