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:

Moscow: Solidarity is Stronger than Repression

August 3, 2012

A series of one-person pickets in support of civil society in Belarus took place on Chistoprudny Boulevard in Moscow on August 3, 2012.

A number of international and country-based human rights organizations in over 10 countries have joined forces to hold an international day of solidarity with civil society in Belarus on August 4. It was exactly one year ago on this day that the Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, director of the shuttered Viasna Human Rights Center and vice-president of the International Federation of Human Rights, was arrested.

Participants in today’s pickets in Moscow held bear-shaped balloons, teddy bears, and a poster reading “Solidarity is Stronger than Repression.” Some people wore t-shirts bearing a photo of Bialiatski.

Yuri Dzhibladze,...

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FIDH President : representatives of Belarusian civil society amaze by their persistence

Souhayr Belhassen is the leader of one of Tunisian human rights organizations and for several years heads the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), where Ales Bialiatski hold the position of the vice president.

Souhayr Belhassen supported the initiative of the International Day of Solidarity with the civil society in Belarus and made a following statement on August 2, 2012 :

“Members of the International Federation for Human Rights (164 human rights organizations around the world) for a year are actively involved in the campaign for the release of Ales Bialiatski. The anniversary of his arrest once again reminds us of the critical situation of civil society in Belarus.

Despite the hard times that touches all the concerned people of this country – journalists, human rig...

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Amnesty International statement on long-term prisoners in Belarus

Amnesty International Public Statement

2 August 2012

Still behind bars: The plight of long-term prisoners in Belarus

One year ago on 4 August, prominent human rights defender Ales Bialiatski was arrested in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. He was sentenced to four and a half years for tax evasion charges. Amnesty International considers that he has been sentenced for carrying out his human rights activities and has declared him a prisoner of conscience.

Today, Amnesty International wrote to the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus raising the organization’s concerns about prisoners of conscience in Belarus and urging him to use his powers to investigate the legality of their sentences and ensure their immediate and unconditional release...

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Action in support of Belarusian human rights defenders held in Berlin

On June 19, 2012 the Berlin branch of the human rights organization “Amnesty International” held a picket in support of Belarusian human rights defenders and opposition activists.
The action was dated to 18 months since the brutal dispersal of the peaceful post-election protests in Belarus.  This day representatives of “Amnesty International” also organized a mobile exhibition “Human rights and civil society in Belarus”.

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Statement of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus (CIC)

Statement No.9 “On the persecution of human rights defenders in Belarus under the pretext of combating tax violations”

Acting on behalf of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus (CIC), which brings together representatives of national and international civil society organizations and networks from the OSCE countries;
monitoring the overall situation with the observance of fundamental human rights in the Republic of Belarus, including issues of the freedom of association and compliance with the conditions for the unhindered activities of human rights defenders;
emphasizing that human rights are subject to the direct and legitimate concern of international civil society;
urging the Belarusian authorities to follow the undertaken international obli...

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