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Ales Bialiatski: “The time threw us a challenge. We accepted it.”

This is an interview with Ales Bialiatski prepared for publication for the 15th anniversary of Human Rights Center “Viasna”, which is celebrated this year. In this interview, Bialiatski tells not only about the history of the organization, the purpose of its work and his colleagues, but also about his vision of human rights protection in democratic reforms, which will doubtlessly take place in Belarus in the near future.

The interview was recorded a few days before the arrest of Ales Bialiatski, and this is its first publication.

- Mr. Ales, could you recall what “Viasna” started from? How was its idea born?

– “Viasna” began when mass demonstrations were taking place for different reasons during the whole spring in 1996...

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Actions in support of Ales Bialiatski are still banned in Belarus

Hrodna

On 10 October 2011 the Leninski District Court fined human rights defender Viktar Sasonau, who had been detained on 23 august for handing out leaflets with information about the arrest of Ales Bialiatski, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”. The same day the police held a search at his apartment, confiscated two computer system units, informational and human rights editions and T-shirts with Bialiatski’s portraits.

Judge Kseniya Kastsiukevich started trying Sazonau’s case on 21 September. On 10 October Mr. Sazonau was sentenced to pay a fine of 735,000 rubles. The human rights defender disagrees with the verdict, as the right to receive and disseminate information is guaranteed by the Constitution.

Slonim

On 15 September 2011 Slonim resident Ivan Sheha addressed the Slo...

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People are prohibited to read the website of HR Center “Viasna” at work

Participants of the 6th yearly conference “Business Internet”, held on 3-4 October in Minsk, were shown the so-called “black-list” of national web-resources, the access to which is blocked in all state institutions of the country.

The black list also includes the web-site of the human rights center “Viasna”, popular socio-political websites: charter97.org, belaruspartisan.org, currency exchange portal prokopovi.ch and Yauhen Lipkovich’s blog, lipkovichea.livejournal.com.

This list was created by the Operative-Analytical Center of the President in conformity with ruling #11/1 of 26 June 2010.

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Human Rights Center “Viasna”: 15 years of persecution

Since its inception in 1996, the human rights organization “Viasna 96”, and then the Human Rights Center Viasna” was consequently and ruthlessly persecuted by the Belarusian authorities. All members of this organization were subject to detention, beatings, raids, arrests and fines. A complete list of the facts of persecution would take more than a dozen pages. However, most often the lightning of the state anger fell on the highest point of the organization, its head Ales Bialiatski.

In April 1996, the human rights organization “Viasna 96” was established.

On 23 February 1997 Viasna was officially registered as the Minsk Human Rights Center “Viasna-96”.

In 1998, Viasna was liquidated by a decision of the Justice Bureau of the Minsk City Executive Committee.

On 9 November 1998 the...

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Arbitrary arrest and acts of harassment against Mr. Uladzimir Labkovich

URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY

 

Belarus

September 27, 2011

 

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

 

New information:

 

The Observatory has been informed of the arbitrary arrest of and acts of harassment against Mr. Uladzimir Labkovich, legal adviser of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna”, following a peaceful gathering organised in support with Mr. Ales Bialatski, President of Viasna and Vice-President of ...

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Video of search of Minsk office of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” on January 2011

On January 17, 2011 a search was conducted of the Minsk office of the Human Rights Center Viasna.

Video in Russian

As was reported by the BelaPAN human rights defender Valentin Stefanovich, the initial attempts to enter the premises were made at approximately 15:30. But because the attempts were made by unknown plain-clothes individuals, the human rights defenders decided not to let them in. Later however, uniformed police officers arrived with a warrant to search the premises. At that point, the door was opened. According to Stefanovich, members of the Committee for Government Security (KGB) brought a warrant to search the premises in conjunction with a criminal case...

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Harassment against activits who campaign for the release of Ales Bialiatski

25 August 2011

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your intervention in the following situation in Belarus.

New information:

The Observatory has been informed of acts of harassment against activists who campaign for the release of Mr. Ales Bialatski, President of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Viasna” and Vice-President of FIDH.

According to the information received, on August 23, 2011, in Mahiliou, journalists Ms. Alina Skrybunova and Mr. Yauhen Hlushakou, as well as activist Mr. Pavel Varashylau were arrested following a picket organised to demand the release of Viasna President during whic...

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HRC “Viasna” will continue working despite being refused official registration in 2009

As was announced at the press conference, held on June 3, 2009, by one of the founders of the human rights association “Nasha Viasna” (name chosen for re-registration of HRC “Viasna”), Valentin Stefanovich, the work will continue despite being refused official registration.

Video in Belarusian

According to him, on May 25, the Ministry of Justice of Belarus has for the third time issued a ruling that the human rights association “Nasha Viasna” cannot be registered in accordance with current laws. «The qualms of the Ministry of Justice in allowing the association to register are not founded on laws of Belarus. For example, they maintain that the list of founding members of the association contain inaccuracies and insufficient information...

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