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PACE President meets with Ales Bialiatski upon his release

Visit by  Mr Bialiatski.Visite de M. Bialiatski.

On July 3, Ales Bialiatski, President of the Belarusian human rights centre Viasna and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and FIDH President Karim Lahidji met in Strasbourg with Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

Mrs Brasseur used this opportunity to congratulate Mr Bialiatski in person, on behalf of the Assembly, on the award of the first Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize. The Prize was awarded to Mr Bialiatski by the Assembly in September 2013, but the laureate, imprisoned since 2011, was unable to attend the ceremony. The President discussed with Mr Bialiatski the human rights situation in Belarus and the role that the Assembly needs to play to improve it.

Mr Bialiatski is for us a symbol of an un...

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Ales Bialiatski meets EU Commissioner Füle

Ales Fule

On July 2  Štefan FÜLE, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, met in Strasbourg with Ales BIALIATSKI, Belarussian political activist, head of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

After this meeting, the Europrean commission published a following statement :

EU-Belarus: Meeting with Ales Bialiatski in Strasbourg

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met with prominent Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski in Strasbourg on July 2...

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Ales Bialiatski visits Brussels and Strasbourg


On July 1 Ales Bialiatski, head of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), visited Brussels. He met with representatives of the European Union to thank them for their tireless efforts on his release and call for the struggle for the liberation of all political prisoners in Belarus and systemic changes in the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The human rights activist also urged to support the country’s civil society in the struggle for democracy and human rights. European diplomats and journalists asked the head of “Viasna” about the the conditions of his detention and circumstances of his recent release.

Ales Bialiatski, FIDH CEO Antoine Bernard and Head of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Department...

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Ales Bialiatski at press conference for Lithuanian media: No hard feelings towards Lithuania


On 27 June in Vilnius, Head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and one of the founders of the Belarusian Human Rights House Ales Bialiatski gave a press conference for the Lithuanian media.

Ales Bialiatski opened the press conference by saying that he wanted to answer in advance the question he would definitely be asked.

“ I don’t have any hard feelings. It was not the Lithuanian but the Belarusian government that put me in jail,” he said.

Bialiatski hopes other political prisoners will also be freed as there are still seven people in Belarus imprisoned for their political views.

Ahead of the press conference, Bialiatski removed a poster saying “Freedom for Ales Bialiatski” off the door of the Vilnius-based Bary...

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Free at last! Paris welcomes Ales Bialiatski’s release


As promised by the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, the portrait of Ales Bialiatski, which was installed in front of the city’s 11th district hall, now features an inscription “Free at Last!” The French capital thus welcomes the release of the Belarusian human rights defender, an honorary citizen of Paris, Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

On June 30, Ales Bialiatski is expected to arrive in Paris, which hosts FIDH headquarters.

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” has been member of the International Federation for Human Rights since 2004. In 2007, Ales Bialiatski became the first FIDH vice-president from Eastern Europe and has been twice (in 2010 and 2013) re-elected to this post. In May 2012, during an action “Paris for Ales Bialiatski!” a po...

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Observatory : Ales Bialiatski freed after almost three years behind bars

Observatory Human Rights Defenders


Paris-Geneva, June 26, 2014. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of FIDH and OMCT, welcomes the release on June 21, 2014 of Ales Bialiatski, President of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and Vice-President of FIDH, after almost three years spent in jail.

On June 21, 2014, Ales Bialiatski was granted an amnesty by the Belarusian authorities and released the same day. He was arrested on August 4, 2011 on politically motivated charges of “fiscal evasion”, and sentenced three months later to four and a half years of imprisonment in a penal colony of high security. He was subjected to especially harsh detention conditions...

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London welcomes the release of Ales Bialatski and calls to release the rest of the political prisoners


Britain’s Minister for European Affairs David Lidington welcomes the release of Ales Bialatski and calls upon Belarus authorities to release the rest of the political prisoners, BelaPAN reports.

“I am glad to hear that the Belarusian authorities released Ales Bialatski, the head of the Viasna human rights organization. I am glad that after three years in prison, he has now returned to his family”, – says Lidington’s statement, published on 24 June.

At the same time the British minister “insistently urges Belarusian authorities to release all the remaining political prisoners and fully restore them in their civic and political rights”. “Great Britain will keep putting pressure on the Belarusian government in order for them to improve the human rights situation”, – Lidington ...

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Mayor of Paris on the release of Ales Bialiatski


Press release of Ms. Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, on the release of Ales Bialiatski :

I found out with great joy about the release of Ales Bialiatski, a honorary citizen of Paris, Chairman of the HRC “Viasna” and Vice-President of FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights).

A known defender of human rights and freedoms, Ales Bialiatski was sentencedon November 24, 2011 as a result ofan unfair trial to four and a half years in prison. His release, after three years in prison,is a new step on the path to freedom of expression and democracy in the world.

I would once again like to express solidarity of the city of Paris with all the women and men who are fighting every day to protect fundamental rights...

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Bialiatski’s release “hopefully a sign of more to come,” says OSCE PA’s Holm


Christian Holm (MP, Sweden), the Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Ad Hoc Working Group on Belarus, welcomed the release of human rights activist Ales Bialiatski after nearly three years into his prison term, calling the move “hopefully a sign of more to come.”

The Belarusian government has taken a positive, if long overdue, step in releasing Mr. Bialiatski. His release will not be complete, however, unless authorities allow him and his colleagues in the Belarusian civil society community to work free of state persecution. Mr...

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UN Special Rapporteur Miklós Haraszti: Ales Bialiatski released, but other political prisoners remain in jail

Miklos Haraszti

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, welcomed the release from prison of human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, but called for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners and their full rehabilitation.

Bialiatski, founder of the Human Rights Centre Viasna, recipient of various human rights awards and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, was sentenced in November 2011 for tax evasion to four-and-a-half years in prison and confiscation of all his assets.

“In fact, the trumped-up charges against Bialiatski were directly linked to the fact that NGO activity is heavily curtailed by restricting access to funding,” the independent expert said.

Viasna, which has provided legal assistance to Belarusians arrested or imp...

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