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III Belarusian Human Rights Forum: empty chair of Ales Bialiatski


More than 110 activists representing 25 organisations gathered in Vilnius for the Third Belarusian Human Rights Forum that opened on October 26.

Speaking at the two-day event, Tatsiana Ravyaka of the Human Rights Center Viasna noted that Belarus’ human rights movement was “developing and expanding.” The previous Belarusian Human Rights Forum, held in 2010, brought together representatives of only 17 organizations, she stressed.

The activist noted that Human rights defenders in Belarus had experienced many ordeals since 2010. “These ordeals have not scared us but have demonstrated what big potential human rights defenders have as they have displayed great teamwork in solving problems, an incredible level of solidarity and mutual support,” said Ms. Ravyaka.

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Human rights defenders Uladz Labkovich and Tatsiana Reviaka detained at action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski


Yesterday, 4 August, marked the second anniversary of the arrest of Ales Bialiatski.

Solidarity actions were held all over Belarus. Round tables, pickets and public discussions on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Civil Society and Human Rights Movement of Belarus, were held abroad – in Kyiv, Vilnius, Moscow and other cities.

On 5 August an action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski was held by Minsk human rights defenders. They handed out postcards with his portrait near the department store “TsUM”.

At 12.20 a.m. the police detained human rights defenders Uladz Labkovich and Tatsiana Reviaka and guarded them to the Savetski District Police Department. The detainees were given charges under Article 23...

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