Solidarity with the civil society

The wave of repression that followed the presidential elections of 19 December 2010 has led to a dramatic decline in teh situation of human rights and civil and political liberties in Belarus. Since then, the international community have expressed its solidarity with Belarusian civil society in many ways.

Please see the below articles on solidarity shown with Belarusian civil society:

Vice-speaker of the Bundestag is going to support all political prisoners in Belarus

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Vice-speaker of the Bundestag Katrin Göring-Eckardt, the representative of the Green Party, has congratulated the head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski on his birthday, which he celebrates today.

On the occasion of your release from prison in June, the godparenthood I have taken for as a prisoner in cooperation with “Libereco” and the German Parliament has come to a happy end. Nevertheless, I hereby assure my continuous support for your work as well as for all political prisoners in Belarus who are still waiting for their release.”- writes Katrin Göring-Eckardt with wishes human rights defender still have fortitude and never give up fighting for a better future for all Belarusian citizens.

Recall that the German-Swiss human rights organization Libereco – Part...

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Solidarity Day with Belarusian civil society : Ales Bialiatski urges people to support civil society in Belarus

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August 4, the International Day of Solidarity with Civil Society and Human Rights Movement in Belarus, timed to the anniversary of the arrest of a recent political prisoner human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, is held in different countries of the world.

Conducting this day was initiated in 2012 by a coalition of non-governmental organizations of different countries to show solidarity with civilian forces in Belarus and moral support to human rights defenders and civil society activists, who continue to work in the country.

Solidarity of colleagues and unfamiliar people who supported us with their letters or through public actions, pickets, meetings with embassies and so on, means very much for all political prisoners, including myself“, said Ales Bialiatski in an interview with the ini...

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While the World Ice Hockey Championship takes place, violations continue … Video n°3

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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 two films about enforced labour and political prisoners in Belarus, see the third one.

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

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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 …

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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.

Together, w...

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Swiss human rights defenders support civil society of Belarus

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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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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

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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

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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 www.lphr.org/petition.

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

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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

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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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