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“Viasna” and FIDH presented the report on human rights violations in Belarus to OSCE

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At the the OSCE Human Dimension Meeting the heads of the HRC “Viasna” – the president of the center – former political prisoner Ales Bialiatski, vice-president Valiantsin Stefanovich, and coordinator of the campaign “Human rights defenders against the death penalty” Andrej Paluda – presented review of the human rights situation in Belarus on September 24 in Warsaw.

During the meeting on “Convincing violations of political, economic and social rights in Belarus”, organized by the International Federation for Human Rights and the Human Rights Center “Viasna” human rights defenders stressed that “because of the situation in Ukraine, as well as the deterioration of the human rights situation in Russia, we think that less attention is paid to Belarus “.

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Vice-speaker of the Bundestag is going to support all political prisoners in Belarus

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Vice-speaker of the Bundestag Katrin Göring-Eckardt, the representative of the Green Party, has congratulated the head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski on his birthday, which he celebrates today.

On the occasion of your release from prison in June, the godparenthood I have taken for as a prisoner in cooperation with “Libereco” and the German Parliament has come to a happy end. Nevertheless, I hereby assure my continuous support for your work as well as for all political prisoners in Belarus who are still waiting for their release.”- writes Katrin Göring-Eckardt with wishes human rights defender still have fortitude and never give up fighting for a better future for all Belarusian citizens.

Recall that the German-Swiss human rights organization Libereco – Part...

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Political prisoner Mikalaj Dziadok spent 20 days in punishment cell

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Political prisonerMikalaj Dziadok, who is serving a sentence in Mogilev prison #4, spent 20 days in a punishment cell. Prison administration punished him for violating established for prisoners rule connected with uniforms. The father of the political prisoner Aliaxander Dziadok said about it to Human Rights Defenders.

Just a day after his birthday, August 23, Mikalaj had another sentence – 20 days in punishment cell. In this way was executed Mikalaj Statkevich in Mogilev prison in 2012.

Political prisoner Mikalaj Dziadok was taken into custody from September 3, 2010, and was sentenced on May 27, 2011in the court of Zavadskoj district of Minsk under the Part 2 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code (disorderly conduct) to 4.5 years of imprisonment in a strict regime...

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Picket in support of political prisoners banned in Brest

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Unlike other cities of Belarus, this action was scheduled fir 10 August, but the Brest City Executive Committee refused to authorize it, referring to the celebration of the Day of the builder.

According to human rights activist Uladzimir Vialichkin who has applied for the picket to the executive committee, he intended to hold the picket on the playground in the park of soldiers-internationalists, which was officially designated by the local authorities as a place for public events.

However, the authorities didn’t allow the picket, as at the specified time the playground would be allegedly used by “another event”. As it was found, the holding of the picket was impeded by festivities on the Day of the builder...

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Mikalai Statkevich: “They won’t get a clemency petition from me”

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With a few-days’ break, Bialynichy journalist Barys Vyrvich got a letter and a postcard from Belarusian political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich, with whom he maintains a regulard correspondence.

In particular, in the letter Mr. Statkevich expressed his attitude to the liberation of the head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski and wrote some interesting thoughts about the situation in our country and in the world in general.

“Like you, I am very glad at the release of Ales Bialiatski. I agree with you that my situation is quite different. There is a stalemate – the more they keep me, the more it costs them. On the other hand, the more they are afraid to release me. I will wait to see how it all ends. I know just one thing for sure – they won’t get a “petition” from me...

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Czech Foreign Minister receives Ales Bialiatski

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Lubomír Zaorálek, received Belarusian activist Ales Bialiatski at the Czernin Palace on 5 August, 2014. Ales Bialiatski founded the most respected Belarusian human rights organization “Viasna”, which provides legal and financial support to the victims of Belarusian regime repressions.

The visit of Ales Bialiatski to the Czech Republic follows a few weeks after his release from jail. He was sentenced for 4.5 years in a trial based on fabricated charges in 2011. “Welcome in Prague and I am glad that you are free,” said Minister Zaorálek and added: “I would like to assure you that our support of democratic forces is permanent. I hope there will be a growing number of free thinking and pro-European people in your country.”

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Solidarity Day with Belarusian civil society : Ales Bialiatski urges people to support civil society in Belarus

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August 4, the International Day of Solidarity with Civil Society and Human Rights Movement in Belarus, timed to the anniversary of the arrest of a recent political prisoner human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, is held in different countries of the world.

Conducting this day was initiated in 2012 by a coalition of non-governmental organizations of different countries to show solidarity with civilian forces in Belarus and moral support to human rights defenders and civil society activists, who continue to work in the country.

Solidarity of colleagues and unfamiliar people who supported us with their letters or through public actions, pickets, meetings with embassies and so on, means very much for all political prisoners, including myself“, said Ales Bialiatski in an interview with the ini...

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Vasil Parfiankou’s father: Solitary confinement and no letters allowed

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The father of political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou spoke about the detention conditions of his son in an interview to Radio Liberty’s Belarus service.

He sent a letter a week ago. He says that our last letter was received back on April 30. So our letters are not delivered to him. Then we sent him newspapers by a registered letter on May 5. He said that he did not receive the registered letter, either. So it goes. He’s in solitary confinement and he sees no one. The watchmen take him to the prison yard to walk for 30 minutes, that’s all his contacts with the world. You can go crazy! Let it be on their conscience”.

Vasil Parfiankou is held in the colony in Horki...

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Ales Bialiatski’s The Quicksilver of Life presented in Minsk

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The Quicksilver of Life is the first book by Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and vice-president of FIDH Ales Bialiatski, which was presented in Minsk on July 22 with the participation of the author.

The former political prisoner was released a month ago, on June 21, when the book was already printed. But its presentation was put off till today. The book consists of a series of essays, or rather, letters from Ales Bialiatski, which he sent to his colleagues during his detention in Babruisk colony No. 2.

According to the compiler of the book, Alena Laptsionak, she literally had to decipher the complex handwriting of Viasna’s leader and then to send the text back for editing...

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Recently released human rights activist Ales Bialiatski concludes European tour in Warsaw

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Belarusian human rights activist, Ales Bialiatski, visited Warsaw from July 9 to 12 – the final stop in a European tour that has taken him to Vilnius, Brussels, Strasbourg and Paris since his unexpected release under an amnesty on June 21. Bialiatski had served three years of a 4.5 year sentence ontrumped-up charges of tax evasion.

Bialiatski, head of the Minsk-based Human Rights Center “Viasna”, came to Warsaw on the invitation of the Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and the Stefan Batory Foundation. Here he met with top Polish politicians, including the Head of the President’s Office, Jacek Michalowski, Foreign Affairs Minister Radek Sikorski, as well as former Polish dissident Adam Michnik and other civil society representatives.

During an open meeting at the Batory Foundati...

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