“Ales Bialiatski’s Candle of Truth”

September 2011

Friends, colleagues and well-known public figures of Belarus are trying to determine the role and the place of the prominent human rights defender in our society and express their attitude towards his prosecution and imprisonment.

Human rights center “Viasna”

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Speech of Ales Bialiatski at the European Parliament on the human rights situation in Belarus, July 2011

Ales Bialiatski at the European Parliament on… par fidhdailymotion

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One month before the arrest…

Ales Bialiatski’s last testimonies before his arrest in which he expresses concern about the unprecedented level of repression by the Belarusian authorities on civil society since the presidential election in 2010.

BLR :: OBS :: Testimony of Ales Bialiatski… par Observatory_HRD

“My name is Ales Bialiatski, Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” in Belarus. I am very concerned about the human rights situation and the unprecedented level of repression by the Belarusian authorities on civil society since December 19, 2010, the day of the presidential election. Representatives of civil society and activists and civic organisations have been subjected to exceptionally severe harassment...

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Video of search of Minsk office of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” on January 2011

On January 17, 2011 a search was conducted of the Minsk office of the Human Rights Center Viasna.

Video in Russian

As was reported by the BelaPAN human rights defender Valentin Stefanovich, the initial attempts to enter the premises were made at approximately 15:30. But because the attempts were made by unknown plain-clothes individuals, the human rights defenders decided not to let them in. Later however, uniformed police officers arrived with a warrant to search the premises. At that point, the door was opened. According to Stefanovich, members of the Committee for Government Security (KGB) brought a warrant to search the premises in conjunction with a criminal case...

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FIDH 7-minute film Bitter Winter in Belarus

The FIDH 7-minute film Bitter Winter in Belarus denounces the violent repression exercised by the Belarus authorities against all the dissident voices that have protested against the rigging of the December 19, 2010 presidential elections.

Bitter winter in Belarus – FIDH par fidhdailymotion

Following the announcement of the election results, about 700 persons demonstrating peacefully in the centre of Minsk to denounce electoral fraud, were arrested and sent to prison, many of them were severely beaten. Among them were seven opposition candidates, along with political activists, independent journalists and human rights defenders...

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Ales Bialiatski, Oslo Freedom Forum, 2009

Aliaksandr (Ales) Bialiatski is the founder and head of human rights center Viasna and a Vice-president of FIDH (Fédération internationale des droits de l’Homme). Despite being officially shut down by the Supreme Court in 2003, Viasna is one of the few remaining organizations that continues to offer direct support to persecuted individuals and their families in Belarus, as well as practical and political assistance to other victims. Althought not a politican, Bialiatski’s advocacy has made him a central opposition figure in the country and the authorities have taken him to court in at least 20 instances. Bialiatski is the 2006 recipient of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee’s Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award...

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HRC “Viasna” will continue working despite being refused official registration in 2009

As was announced at the press conference, held on June 3, 2009, by one of the founders of the human rights association “Nasha Viasna” (name chosen for re-registration of HRC “Viasna”), Valentin Stefanovich, the work will continue despite being refused official registration.

Video in Belarusian

According to him, on May 25, the Ministry of Justice of Belarus has for the third time issued a ruling that the human rights association “Nasha Viasna” cannot be registered in accordance with current laws. «The qualms of the Ministry of Justice in allowing the association to register are not founded on laws of Belarus. For example, they maintain that the list of founding members of the association contain inaccuracies and insufficient information...

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FIDH and Viasna presented a joint report about the conditions of detention in Belarus in Minsk (2008)

FIDH and Human Rights Center “Viasna” presented a joint report about the conditions of detention in the Republic of Belarus. A press conference was held on September 2, 2008 in Minsk by the Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Luis Guillermo Perez.

Video in Belarusian and Russian

The meeting with journalists was conducted in the scope of a presentation of the report by the FIDH and Belarusian Human Rights Defenders « The Conditions of Detention in the Republic of Belarus »...

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