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UN recognizes that Belarus violated the rights of Ales Bialiatski

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Remarkable decision against states that violate the freedom of association.

Paris-Minsk, 17 November 2014 In a decision that will go down in history, on 24 September 2014 the UN Human Rights Committee officially recognized that the Republic of Belarus violated the rights of Ales Bialiatski, President of Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and FIDH Vice President. The Committee recognized violations of Article 9 (the right to liberty and security of the person), Article 14 (the right to justice and a fair trial), and Article 22 (freedom of association) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This decision follows an individual communication from Ales Bialiatski’s spouse Natalia Pinchuk, represented by FIDH Director General Antoine Bernard...

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A meeting with Ales Bialiatski was held in Mogilev

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A meeting with the president of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski was held on September 19 in Mogilev.

This is the first visit of a former political prisoner in Mogilev after his release from Bobruisk colony in June. Several dozens of Mogilev citizens, who came to the meeting, greeted Ales Bialiatski, former political prisoner, with applause.

During the meeting, the human rights defender presented his book “Mercurial silver of life,” which consists of the essays written by him in custody. In the essays that Ales Bialiatski was sending from Bobruisk colony, he describes the work of human rights defenders before and after the events of 2010 in Belarus, tells the story of the participation of international human rights missions...

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Ales Bialiatski presented his book in Grodno

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There was held the first public meeting after the release of human rights defender, the president of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski in Harodnia. The core of the meeting was the presentation of his book “Mercurial silver of life.” The book is written in prison, when he had to write in very unfavorable conditions.

Ales Bialiatski is saying:
– All the texts in the book can be divided into two parts. These are memories of my life and of maybe interesting moments in which I was, which are important for our social life, because, in principle, we don’t have as much as we wish such a genre like memories. We lived 25 years, almost a quarter of a century, of a very active social life and there were ups and downs during this life.

The main technical work on the book has fulfilled ...

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The presentation of the book of Ales Bialiatski was held in Orsha

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A collection of essays “Mercurial silver of life” – is mostly essays written by the president of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” while in custody. Author and his assistant Alena Laptsienak told to the citizens of Orsha how it was created.

In letters to the outside world from the Bobruisk prison Ales Bialiatski mentions activities of Belarusian human rights activists after the elections of 2010, shares his memories and thoughts. According to the author, these essays-memories are organized into chronological order in the book, but not in the order they came in the letters to outside world from the prison. Some of them were stopped by censorship, and essays had to be edited. And then the edition was made directly for publishing – firstly in the blog of Ales Bialiatski on belaruspartisan...

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Czech Foreign Minister receives Ales Bialiatski

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Lubomír Zaorálek, received Belarusian activist Ales Bialiatski at the Czernin Palace on 5 August, 2014. Ales Bialiatski founded the most respected Belarusian human rights organization “Viasna”, which provides legal and financial support to the victims of Belarusian regime repressions.

The visit of Ales Bialiatski to the Czech Republic follows a few weeks after his release from jail. He was sentenced for 4.5 years in a trial based on fabricated charges in 2011. “Welcome in Prague and I am glad that you are free,” said Minister Zaorálek and added: “I would like to assure you that our support of democratic forces is permanent. I hope there will be a growing number of free thinking and pro-European people in your country.”

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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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Recently released human rights activist Ales Bialiatski concludes European tour in Warsaw

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Belarusian human rights activist, Ales Bialiatski, visited Warsaw from July 9 to 12 – the final stop in a European tour that has taken him to Vilnius, Brussels, Strasbourg and Paris since his unexpected release under an amnesty on June 21. Bialiatski had served three years of a 4.5 year sentence ontrumped-up charges of tax evasion.

Bialiatski, head of the Minsk-based Human Rights Center “Viasna”, came to Warsaw on the invitation of the Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and the Stefan Batory Foundation. Here he met with top Polish politicians, including the Head of the President’s Office, Jacek Michalowski, Foreign Affairs Minister Radek Sikorski, as well as former Polish dissident Adam Michnik and other civil society representatives.

During an open meeting at the Batory Foundati...

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Ales Bialiatski’s first visit to Poland after release from jail

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“For the three years I spent in prison, I was struck by the fact that many non-political, cultural, linguistic and social initiatives appeared in Belarus. This proves that our civil society develops,” stated Mr. Bialiatski at a meeting in Warsaw. His visit to the Polish capital completes the tour of the Belarusian human rights activist across European countries.

Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” came to Warsau on invitation of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and Stefan Batory Foundation. The visit began on Wednesday, July 9, with a closed-door meeting with representatives of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, at which the human rights sector discussed the situation in Belarus. “It was a friendly meeting with representatives of the human rights organization...

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Ales Bialiatski received at Paris Mayor’s Office and French MFA

The first visit of the Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Ales Bialiatski to Paris has come to an end. Before this, he had last visited Paris three years ago, a month before his arrest. All subsequent years members of the Federation throughout the world held solidarity actions and took every effort to secure his release.

FIDH staff, young activists, interpreters – all those who played an active part in the fate of the recent political prisoner – gathered for the long awaited meeting.

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Ales Bialiatski met European Parliament President

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Belarusian human rights activist, head of the Center “Viasna” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights Ales Bialiatski and European Parliament President Martin Schulz exchanged information on the situation in Belarus.

My signal to Mr. Schultz was to continue the efforts they have made for all these years, since December of 2010, for the release of political prisoners. It is also necessary that they continue to demand complex changes related to human rights and the state of democracy in Belarus,” Ales Bialiatski commented to RFE/RL after the meeting.

Mr. Schultz is aware of what is happening with us...

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