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Ales Bialiatski met European Parliament President

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Belarusian human rights activist, head of the Center “Viasna” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights Ales Bialiatski and European Parliament President Martin Schulz exchanged information on the situation in Belarus.

My signal to Mr. Schultz was to continue the efforts they have made for all these years, since December of 2010, for the release of political prisoners. It is also necessary that they continue to demand complex changes related to human rights and the state of democracy in Belarus,” Ales Bialiatski commented to RFE/RL after the meeting.

Mr. Schultz is aware of what is happening with us...

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Ales Bialiatski at press conference for Lithuanian media: No hard feelings towards Lithuania

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On 27 June in Vilnius, Head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and one of the founders of the Belarusian Human Rights House Ales Bialiatski gave a press conference for the Lithuanian media.

Ales Bialiatski opened the press conference by saying that he wanted to answer in advance the question he would definitely be asked.

“ I don’t have any hard feelings. It was not the Lithuanian but the Belarusian government that put me in jail,” he said.

Bialiatski hopes other political prisoners will also be freed as there are still seven people in Belarus imprisoned for their political views.

Ahead of the press conference, Bialiatski removed a poster saying “Freedom for Ales Bialiatski” off the door of the Vilnius-based Bary...

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Free at last! Paris welcomes Ales Bialiatski’s release

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As promised by the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, the portrait of Ales Bialiatski, which was installed in front of the city’s 11th district hall, now features an inscription “Free at Last!” The French capital thus welcomes the release of the Belarusian human rights defender, an honorary citizen of Paris, Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

On June 30, Ales Bialiatski is expected to arrive in Paris, which hosts FIDH headquarters.

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” has been member of the International Federation for Human Rights since 2004. In 2007, Ales Bialiatski became the first FIDH vice-president from Eastern Europe and has been twice (in 2010 and 2013) re-elected to this post. In May 2012, during an action “Paris for Ales Bialiatski!” a po...

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Sacha Koulaeva: Ales’ release is a sign of hope for human rights defenders facing repression in other countries

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On June 23, Sacha Koulaeva, head of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), came to Minsk to congratulate FIDH vice-president Ales Bialiatski on his release on behalf of his colleagues from all around the world.

Of course, it’s a very happy day. A happy day for me personally, for all of us, for the tens, hundreds of people around the world – those who fought for this release, and there were a lot of such people. This is a great celebration for people in all countries of Latin America, Asia, Africa, certainly in our region, in Eastern Europe, Central Asia… But apart from that celebration feeling, we all have a feeling of bitterness – from the fact that Ales was in prison for nearly three years, which should have never happened...

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Swiss human rights defenders support civil society of Belarus

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Amnesty International’s Swiss branch calls Belarusian authorities for “fair play in the field of human rights” within an advocacy campaign coinciding with the World Ice Hockey Championship in Minsk

Human rights defenders from the Amnesty International inform different groups of the population about gross human rights violations in a country hosting a global sport event, and collect signatures under a petition calling for immediate and unconditional release of the Belarusian prisoners of consciousness – Mikalai Statkevich, Eduard Lobau and Ales Bialatski, and for the abolition of death penalty and all repressive laws.

 “Our campaign is continuation of the last year’s campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in Belarus, and continuation of our work to support prisoners of cons...

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Östgruppen’s Chair Martin Uggla is not allowed to enter Belarus on the eve of 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship

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Chair of Swedish human rights organisation Östgruppen Martin Uggla who was going to visit Belarus has been detained in the transit zone of the National Airport “Minsk-2”. The border guards informed him verbally that he is prohibited from entering Belarus.

The border guards advised Uggla to buy a return ticket for today or to wait in a transit zone until Sunday as he already has a return ticket for that date.

In January, Martin wrote in his blog that Belarusian visas and accreditations are not beneficial for the Ice Hockey championship because foreign journalists wishing to receive accreditation to the tournament to be held this year in May would have to cover sport events only...

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Court blocks Valiantsin Stefanovich’s complaint against ban on Viasna website

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Having appealed against the decision of the Tsentralny District Court, who dismissed a complaint against the actions of the Prosecutor General’s Office, human rights defender Valiantsin Stefanovich has not yet received any reaction, either a notification of the date of consideration or its receipt by the court.

A decision to terminate proceedings in Valiantsin Stefanovich’s claim against Prosecutor General’s Office was issued by the Tsentralny District Court of Minsk on February 18. On February 20, the human rights defender, in the manner and within the period set by the Code, sent a private complaint to the Tsentralny District Court.

According to the terms of procedures, the complaint should have reached the Minsk City Court by March 15...

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Yearly Report of «Platform Innovation» seized on the border

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The yearly report of “Platform Innovation” was seized on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border and sent to an expert examination to reveal if it contains extremist or libel contents.

On the evening February 13, customs officers of Kamenny Loh border point searched the car of Andrei Bandarenka, head of “Platform Innovation”. Several copies of the yearly report were found and seized for examining. Andrei Bandarenka underlined that the report had been published on the official website of the organization, and caused no objections from the authorities.

Also earlier this year the court of Ashmiany decreed that the book by Ales Bialiatski “Asvechanyja Belaruschynaj” (“Enlightened by the Belarusian Issue”), seized by the customs office, should be banned in Belarus because it contains facts dis...

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Platforma Innovation: There are less and less prisoners in Belarus, but their treatment fails to improve

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In their annual monitoring report released today, activists of human rights NGO Platforma Innovation note that the number of inmates held in Belarusian jails has decreased, but their overall conditions of detention have not  improved.

It is Platforma’s second overview of the situation with the rights of prisoners in Belarus. These surveys are done on the basis of available statistics, unofficial reports from prisons and other sources. Personal experience can also help sort out the situation.

The NGO’s head Andrei Bandarenka himself served more than two years behind bars. The human rights activist says that from the moment of detention, the situation with the prisoner’s rights is very poor. Policemen often refuse to call a lawyer if the detainee does not admit his guilt...

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Nabeel Rajab wrote to Ales Bialiatski

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From Jaw prison in Bahrain, Nabeel Rajab, FIDH Deputy Secretary General, wrote to Ales Bialiatski, FIDH Vice-President, who has been imprisoned for more than 2 years in Belarus.

My colleague, my friend, my beloved brother Ales,

I am Nabeel Rajab writing to you from prison in Bahrain.

I know a great man like you is imprisoned because you refuse to live in an unjust world.

It is so sad that all people of Belarus are being punished by taking you away from them.

You belong to your people, fighting for their rights, striving for their freedom, and seeking justice…

I sometime feel like screaming your name in my little jail and sometime feel helpless because I, instead, should by journeying the whole world fighting for your release.

I am so confident that we both will come out from prison even st...

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