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head of the European Union to Belarus Maira Mora : the EU viewed the prosecution of Ales Bialiatski to be politically motivated.

November 24, head of the European Union to Belarus Maira Mora said after the sentence upon head of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski that the EU viewed the prosecution of human rights activist to be politically motivated. The diplomat said the EU would discuss its next steps in relation to the sentence.

“We can’t understand, why such a prominent human rights activist, as Ales Beliatski, should be treated that way,”BelaPAN quoted Myra Mora.

Ambassador of Lithuania Edminas Bagdonas also considers prosecutions of Ales Bialiatski as politically...

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Joint Statement by HRVP Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Štefan Füle on the sentencing of Ales Bialiatski

Brussels, 24 November 2011.

Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, and Stefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, made today the following statement:

” We deplore the harsh sentence pronounced today on the internationally renowned Human  Rights defender Ales Bialiatski.

We consider today’s sentence as clearly politically motivated. It targets Ales Bialiatski and  the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” for their courageous support to victims of  repression in Belarus.

As such, it is a symbol of the ever intensifying crackdown on civil society in the country  since the 19 December 2010 Presidential elections.

We call on Belarus to immediately and uncondition...

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Catherine Ashton and Štefan Füle call for release of Ales Bialiatski

Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
and Vice-President of the Commission, and Stefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, made today the following joint statement:

” We are seriously concerned about the detention and prosecution of internationally renowned Belarusian human rights defender Ales Byalyatski for alleged tax evasion.

We consider the charges against Ales Byalyatski in the ongoing trial as a politically motivated pretext to target his important work to the benefit of victims of repression. As such, the ongoing trial is a highly visible and symbolic manifestation of the crackdown on civil society in Belarus since the 19 December 2010 Presidential elections.

We call on Belarus to immedia...

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Statement by the spokesperson of EU Hight Representative Catherine Ashton on the arrest of Ales Bialiatski

The High Representative expresses her concern over reports that the authorities in Belarus detained Mr Ales Bialiatski, a prominent human rights defender who is chairman of the non- governmental organization Viasna and Vice-President of the International Human Rights Federation, and that Mr Bialiatski’ s private residence was searched, with the participation of the state security services.

The High Representative calls on the authorities in Minsk to clarify as a matter of urgency the reasons for the reported detention of Mr Bialiatski. The High Representative reiterates her strong regret at repeated acts of intimidation and harassment of peaceful human rights defenders in Belarus, and at the continued refusal to grant legal status to independent human rights organisations in the country.

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