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Statement of European Parliament President on the release of two political prisoners in Belarus

The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz issued the following statement on the release of two political prisoners in Belarus :

“I welcome the release of former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikaw and the political activist Dzmitry Bandarenka. This is good news, but sixteen months too late. These freedom fighters should not have been imprisoned in the first place.

I call on Belarus authorities to release all remaining political prisoners, including another presidential candidate, Mikalay Statkevich and Ales Bialiatski, Head of the human rights centre ‘Viasna’.

It is appalling to think that in the 21st century Europe, political prisoners still exist...

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European Parliament resolution of 29 March 2012 on Belarus

The final version of the document amended and approved by members of the European Parliament on March 29, 2012 has been published on the EP website.

The resolution was supposed to be adopted on March 15, but MEPs delayed the vote to give the Belarusian authorities time for response.

The draft resolution saw number of amendments in connection with the recent events in Belarus.

European Parliament resolution of 29 March 2012 on the situation in Belarus ((2012/2581(RSP))

The European Parliament,

– having regard to its previous resolutions on Belarus, in particular those of 16 February 20121, 15 September 20112, 12 May 20113, 10 March 20114, 20 January 20115, 10 March 20106 and 17 December 20097,

– having regard to the Council decision of 23 March 2012 on ...

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Head of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz condemns courts’ decisions in Belarus

24 January 2012 – Brussels

Commenting on a court decision on Belarus’ human rights activist Ales Bialiatski and on the death penalty confirmations for Uladzislau Kavalyou and Dzmitry Kanavalau, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz stated :

I deplore today’s decision by the Minsk district court to dismiss an appeal against a four and a half year prison sentence for Ales Bialiatski, a prominent human right activist. This is another bad day for justice in Belarus.

The European Parliament believes that the tax evasion charges against Bialiatski have been politically motivated and unjustified. Bialiatski should be released unconditionally along with the remaining 14 political prisoners, including two former presidential candidates...

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Situation with Ales Bialiatski has been discussed at the meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament

The delegation of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has participated in the meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament held in Brussels on January 12, 2012.


Representative of FIDH, Jean-Marie Rogue made a short speech at this meeting. He drew attention of all present persons at the situation with the FIDH Vice-President and the head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski. In solidarity with his collegue, all members of the FIDH delegation came to this meeting in T-shirts with his image.

We remind that the situation in Belarus was discussed during a meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament on January 12. Stefan Füle, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy and Exter...
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Jacek Protasiewicz, Chairman of the Delegation for Relations with Belarus, on the Sentence of Ales Bialiatski

Statement by Mr Jacek PROTASIEWICZ, Chairman of the Delegation on the sentence of Ales Bialiatski Brussels.

” In my capacity as Chairman of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Belarus I strongly condemn the sentence of four and a half years of prison served to Ales Bialiatski, the prominent Belarusian human rights defender, Chairman of the human rights organization “Viasna” and Vice-President of FIDH.

I consider such a verdict, along with his initial detention, prosecution and the trial process, as well as all the actions of the Belarusian authorities against his colleagues and the “Viasna” organisation as unfair, groundless and unjustified.
There is no doubt left that such actions constitute an obvious attempt o...

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Statement of the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek on Ales Bialiatski’s sentencing

November 24, 2011 – The President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek made the following statement on the sentencing of Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski:

” I condemn the sentencing to four and half years in prison of Ales Bialiatski.  The European Parliament is highly concerned about the unjustified prosecution and sentencing of Ales Bialiatski for alleged tax evasion in Belarus. 

The European Parliament considers the charges against Ales Bialiatski in the trial as politically motivated and unjustified. 

Under Mr Bialiatski’s leadership, the Viasna Center that he set up has defended and assisted thousands of victims of repression in Belarus and I commend the work of the centre.

We call on Belarusian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Ales B...

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Jerzy Buzek, European Parliament President

“I have learned with great concern that the Belarusian authorities are continuing the harassment of people struggling for their basic rights. Dragging people of the streets takes us back to the dark communist past that we do not want repeated ever again. This is unacceptable on our continent in the 21st century.

I urge the Belarusian authorities to release Ales Bialatski and the other unjustly detained political prisoners. Such repressive actions will only bring people closer together uniting them to the final goal that of freedom and liberty. Change will eventually come to Belarus as it has come to the shores of North Africa.


The European Parliament always stands by the side of the Belarusian people.”



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