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OSCE Chairperson : Bialiatski should be set free

DUBLIN, 24 January 2012 – The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore T.D., expressed his regret today that prominent Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski was not freed on appeal.

“A person should not be prosecuted for protecting human rights. This case is an unfortunate reflection of the state of human rights in Belarus and a result of the restrictions imposed on freedom of association in the country.  I urge the Belarusian authorities to immediately release Ales Bialiatski and all other civil society activists, and political opponents.”

“The continued erosion of human rights in the country is very worrying...

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OSCE head Audronius Ažubalis calls Minsk to release Bialiatski immediately

November 24, 2011 – The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Ažubalis has expressed his deep concern about the sentence to human rights activist Ales Byalyatski and urged to release him immediately.

“This case must be seen as part of a broader pattern of harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders in Belarus,” Ažubalis said in a statement released.

He stressed that undue restrictions on freedom of association severely limit the work of civil society organizations in Belarus and put their members in danger of harassment by the authorities.

“The actions for which Ales Bialiatski was found guilty are a direct result of undue restrictions on freedom of association in the country,” Ažubalis said.


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OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Lithuania Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis

I call on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners and civil society activists. Belarus must comply with its OSCE commitments on human rights and fundamental freedoms, which were reaffirmed at the highest level in December 2010, at the OSCE Summit in Astana.

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