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Political prisoner Ales Bialiatski sends greetings to Baranavichy human rights defenders and civil society activists


Political prisoner Ales Bialiatski sent color postcards and congratulated Baranavichy human rights defenders Viachaslau Bolbat and Siarhei Housha and social activists Henadz Artsymenia, Anzhalika Kambalava and Viktar Syrytsa on the New Year and Christmas.

This is the answer of Ales Bialiatski to our New Year’s greetings we have sent to him and all political prisoners on December 21. We wished him a good health, optimism , happiness, faith in a better future and hope that soon “the sun will peep in his window”. We also expressed the hope in our Christmas cards that the dream of all political prisoners for release will come true in the new year,” said Mr. Syrytsa.

In its response Ales Bialiatski thanked for moral support...

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Ales Bialiatski: “All prizes and awards are an eloquent signal for all people of good and bad will in Belarus!”


Ales Bialiatski responded to news about the ceremony, at which his son, Adam Bialiatski, received the symbolic award of the status of a honorable citizen of Paris to his father.

The ceremony, which took place on 10 December at the City Hall of Paris, Adam Bialiatski read his father’s words, passed from the Babruisk penitentiary.

The awarding of honorary citizenship of Paris is a great and unexpected honor for me. I want to thank the Council of Paris, and the Mayor of Paris, and the city council of the 11th arrondissement, who took such an initiative, and, of course, everyone who has relation to it. I also understand that there is a huge share of advance in this honorable citizenship.

Let’s regard all prizes and awards as a clear signal to the people of good and bad will in Belarus, while...

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Ales Bialiatski : “Paris, Paris… but I return home”


Excerpts of letters from the political prisoner Ales Bialiatski, head of the Belarusian Human Rights Center Viasna and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

2 December 2012, Babruysk

The International Executive Board of FIDH was due to hold one of its three annual regular sessions in late June 2011. Vice-presidents and deputy secretaries general of the Federation came from all over the world to attend this meeting, which focused on tactical issues related to the Federation’s current activities in hot spots throughout the world, where our colleagues sometimes put their own lives at risk as they work tirelessly to protect the rights of civilian populations...

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Send a message to Ales Bialiatski before 12 July!


A message from the world outside means a lot for him. The Swedish human rights initiative Civil Rights Defenders has launched a campaign in support of Ales Bialiatski. The activists ask all concerned people to sign letters in support of Ales to show him that you care and help him keep his spirits high!

Ales Bialiatski, chariman of Belarusian human rights organisation Viasna, has been in prison since 4 August 2011. In November the same year, he was sentenced to four and a half years in prison and confiscation of property, for alleged tax evasion. The sentence is, without doubt, related to Ales Bialiatski’s work for human rights in Belarus.

Sign this petition before 12 July to add your name to the letter. Civil Rights Defenders will send it by regular mail in the end of July.

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Ales Bialiatski does not hope for a quick release

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The political prisoner Ales Bialiatski, head of the Viasna Human Rights Center, does not believe that he will be released soon and devotes all his free time in prison to his creative work.

The human rights defender Tatyana Revyako received a letter from Bialiatski in which he addresses this issue. The letter is dated May 6, right after Easter. This is significant because there were hopes that political prisoners might be released over this holiday.

Tatyana reports that “He wrote that he really didn’t expect to be released because he had not received any specific signs that his fate or, I would think, the fate of any other political prisoners, would change significantly at this time...

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Political prisoner Ales Bialiatski thanks singer Loreen for support

Dear Loreen,

I would like very much to thank you for the moral support you gave me last year during your visit to Minsk and this year during an international meeting of human rights defenders in Stockholm.

I am very pleased with a purely human attention of yours to my fate and the fate of my family. I want to tell you that the continued support of me, my wife and my son help me find it easier to go through the difficult situation in which I am now. But they need support, too. So for me your meeting with my wife Natallia was very important. With your attention and open stand towards human rights you break the stereotype of a pop singer, which has been thus improving. I also like to break stereotypes, and in this we are similar...

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Ales Bialiatski: “I consider Vaclav Havel to be my spiritual teacher”

In correspondence with friends, Ales Bialiatski writes that he was greatly comforted by a letter he received from Vaclav Havel on January 6 while he was mourning the death of his father.

I received some mail today and I was comforted by one letter, which was from none other than Vaclav Havel. The letter was written in Czech and signed by him. It also contained his trademark heart symbol that he always places next to his signature. A translation into Belarusian was enclosed. The letter was dated 15 December 2011,” writes Ales.

Ales says that this letter made a strong impression on him, since he had learned of Havel’s death on television. Below Ales recalls his meetings with Mr. Havel.

Our first meeting took place in 2005 when I was part of a Belarusian delegation...

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Ales Bialiatski passes words of gratitude to everyone and tells: “Don’t be afraid!”

A letter was received from human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, sentenced to 4.5 years in a high-security colony. He wrote it on 30 November, after the announcement of the verdict, but before his transfer to the Zhodzina prison. After the trial he returned to his usual affairs – learning English, reading and answering a great number of letters. He feels quite well and calm and wishes it to all his colleagues. Ales is sure that the dirt which was flung at him by state-owned media didn’t touch him, but the strong support from many acquaintances and strangers made a great positive impact.

“I have a feeling that this trial was necessary in order to check whether we have been doing a right thing during all these 15 years. What concerns 10 December, I want to repeat to everyone:Don’t be afr...

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