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Valiantsin Stefanovich: Fake human rights activists cannot change Europe’s stance

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The “human rights organisations” created by the authorities do not hinder the West to assess the real human rights situation in Belarus.

Valiantsin Stefanovich, a deputy head of Viasna human rights centre, spoke to charter97.org about opening fake human rights organisations by the Belarusian authorities.

“Our authorities already made several attempts to send representatives of the authorities-created NGOs to international forums. Heads of regional bar associations were invited to an OSCE conference. They were presented as NGO members, but said the same things as the delegation from official Minsk said,” the lawyer noted.

In the recent incident, the Belarusian authorities tried a more sophisticated approach and brought the organisation, which is formally non-governmental.

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Belarus tightens grip on political prisoners

By Nikolaj Nielsen

BRUSSELS – As the Nobel peace prize nominee and human rights defender Ales Bialiatski continues to languish away in a penal colony in Belarus, his compatriots in Brussels attempt to secure his freedom and those of 10 other political prisoners.

Valentin Stefanovic, who heads the Belarus human rights group Viasna [meaning "Spring"] told EUobserver in Brussels that Bialiatski’s wife is no longer allowed to visit him until August. Meanwhile, their son is in self-imposed exile in Poland where he recently started his university studies.

“We have not seen Ales since August 2011,” said Stefanovic on Wednesday (10 April).

Ales’ wife in November of that year told this reporter in a Minsk cafe that she was being followed by the Belarus secret service, the KGB.

She feared f...

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