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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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Danish Foreign Minister called for the release of Ales Bialiatski

On August 14, 2012 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Willy Sogndal met with representatives of Belarusian human rights organizations – Valiantsin Stefanovich of HR Center “Viasna” and Oleg Gulak of “Belarusian Helsinki Committee” – and expressed his full support of their activities for a democratic Belarus. This was reported on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, reports “Viasna”.

In his conversation with human rights activists Willy Sogndal has outlined his position on Belarus.

“Events in Belarus are deeply troubling and confirm my opinion that Lukashenka’s regime has lost its legitimacy. I am full of admiration of the Belarusians, like those whom I’ve met today, those who have courage to fight for human rights and democracy under authoritarian rule...

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Poland condemns Belarusian human rights activist prison sentence

November 24, 2011.

A court in Minsk sentenced Bialatski, who heads the Viasna human rights organisation, to a term in a penal colony for “large-scale tax evasion”.

Poland’s Foreign Ministry says that the prison sentence, “is confirmation that the regime in Belarus fails to comply with basic standards of civil rights and freedoms granted by the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights.”

“Poland and the European Union appeal to Belarus to immediately release Ales Bialatski and other political prisoners as precondition for the European Union’s dialogue with the Republic of Belarus,” the statement continues.

President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, a former Polish prime minister, said on November 24 that the punishment was “unfair and political”.

Bialatski was arrested in...

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Czech Republic shocked by court decision to sentence Ales Bialiatski

November 24, 2011 – Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Belarus :

” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic is shocked by the court decision to sentence Ales Bialatsky, Chairman of the Belarusian Human Rights Centre Viasna, to four and a half years of a restricted freedom in a medium-security institution.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic considers this trial as politically motivated and urges Belarusian authorities to end repressions against representatives of the Belarusian civil society. The Ministry will continue to closely observe future proceedings in this case”. 

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French Foreign Ministry: Official Paris shocked by verdict to Bialiatski

November 24, 2011 – Official Paris shocked by the verdict of the court in the case of Ales Bialiatski, a Belarusian human rights activist, and calls upon his release again, stated the official representative of the Foreign Ministry of France, Bernard Valéro.

“France is shocked by the decision to sentence Ales Bialiatski to 4.5 years’ imprisonment on purely political motives as a result of the unfair trial,” Bernard Valéro said at a briefing on Thursday, RIA Novosti informs.

As said by him, France regrets that Belarusian authorities had closed ears to the calls to release Bialiatski and other political prisoners.

“France with its partners in the EU calls to release Bialiatski immediately, and reiterates its call to release all political prisoners and stop prosecution against them,” stated t...

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Human Rights Commissioner Löning calls for the release of Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski

November 24, 2011 – Markus Löning, the Federal Government Human Rights Commissioner, issued the following statement :

” I condemn the guilty verdict against Ales Bialiatski in the strongest possible terms and call for his immediate release. It is easy to see that the Belarusian authorities are trying here to silence a committed human rights activist by trying him on trumped-up charges. There can be no justification for this cowardly move. I call for the release and rehabilitation of all political prisoners in Belarus and an end to the repression against opposition NGOs and their activists.”

Ales Bialiatski heads the human rights organization Viasna and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Viasna is one of the most important human rights organizations in Belarus...

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Foreign Minister of Latvia Rinkevics condemns conviction of Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski

November 24, 2011 – Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs condemns the actions by Belarus authorities, sentencing Belarusian human rights activist AlesBialiatski  to 4.5 years in prison. This is proof to the fact that the prosecution and conviction are politically motivated and Belarusian authorities are again turning against representatives of the civil society of Belarus.

Latvia is interested in stable and good relationship with its neighbouring state, Belarus, but disregard for democratic standards and European values following the presidential election of 2010 does not improve the European Union-Belarus relations...

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Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Villy Søvndal supports the Belarusian civil society

Mounting pressure on the Belarusian civil society emphasizes the need to support the forces acting for change in the country.

On the occasion the Belarusian human rights organization Viasna and its chairman Ales Bialiatski having been awarded the Politiken Freedom Award 2011, the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Villy Sovndal, states:

“The Belarusian regime has lost its legitimacy when opposition politicians are unable to run for office without being thrown in prison on election night. I strongly urge the Belarusian authorities to release and rehabilitate all political prisoners, including the chairman of Viasna, Ales Bialiatski.

It is intolerable that ordinary citizens in Belarus have to fear for their wellbeing when gathering peacefully to state their opinion...

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the President of the French National Consultative Commission on Human Rights has sent a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs calling upon France to be more involved in Ales Bialiatski case.

Monsieur le Ministre d’État,

The Human Rights situation in Belarus has deteriorated considerably following the December 19, 2010 presidential elections, with in particular increased repression against members of the political opposition and human rights defenders.

We are particularly concerned at the arrest of Aliaksandr Bialiatski, a Belarus human rights defender, not merely owing to his status as a Vice President of FIDH, a member organisation of CNCDH, but also because of the circumstances of his arrest and their implications for the continued activity of Viasna, the Belarus Human Rights centre of which he is President. What is at stake is the ability of Viasna to continue to act in the future as an independent NGO.

Aliaksandr Bialiatski was arrested on August 4 last, charged with alleg...

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French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

August 8, 2011

France expresses its very deep concern following the arrest by the Belarus police of Mr Aliaksandr Bialiatski, President of the “Viasna” Human Rights Center and Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).
France calls for the immediate release of this Human Rights defender, a major representative of the Belarus civil society, and for the ending of the harassment of his organization.

France recalls its attachment to the respect for fundamental freedoms, in particular the freedom of expression and association, and civil and political rights. With its European Union partners, France calls again on the Belarus authorities to release all political prisoners and to drop all legal proceedings against them, without delay.



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