On August 6, 2012 Lithuanian and Belarusian civil activists gathered near the Belarusian Embassy in Vilnius to express solidarity with the well-known human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, detained a year ago and sentenced to 4.5 years of prison for work for the human rights in Belarus.Participants of the actions passed a collective petition to the Ambassador of Belarus. The petition, signed by more than 200 people, contained the demand to immediately and unconditionally release Ales Bialiatski and all political prisoners in Belarus. Apart from Belarusians and Lithuanians, signatures under the petition were put by citizens of Britain, Belgium, South Korea, Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, USA, Pakistan, Italia, Luxemburg and other countries (21 countries in total). “We demand that the B...Read More
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August 6, 2012
People in Need (PIN), a Czech non-governmental NGO, supported the International Day of Solidarity with Civil Society and Human Rights Movement in Belarus. On the August 4 PIN organised an action in the form of spreading thematic leaflets in support of civil society and human rights movement in Belarus in the centre of Prague. Residents of the city and numerous tourists were informed about the case against Ales Bialiatski, found out more about human rights situation in Belarus. Most of the people involved in the action expressed their solidarity with the Belarusian citizens fighting for their civil rights and showed their support for Belarusian human rights defenders.Read More
August 4, 2012
Activists from the civil campaign European Belarus and the Belarusian House in Warsaw, as well as members of the Belarusian diaspora in Poland gathered at the statue of Copernicus on Novy Svyat Street carrying a banner reading “Stop the Terror in Belarus.” Participants in the action carried white-red-white flags, portraits of political prisoners, and teddy bears—a symbol of the action of Swedish pilots in support of freedom of speech in Belarus.
Dmitry Bondarenko, a former political prisoner and the coordinator of European Belarus, and Dmitry Borodko, co-director of the Belarusian House in Warsaw, were present at the action.
Finally, an exhibition on contemporary Belarus opened in the Warsaw metro...Read More
August 4, 2012
The international day of solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners, which human rights defenders announced on August 4, started in New York’s Rockefeller Center with the distribution of leaflets about the situation in Belarus and Belarusian political prisoners.
Also in New York, a picket took place near the Permanent Mission of Belarus to the UN. The participants included not only Belarusian activists, but also teddy bears, which held posters calling for the release of political prisoners.Read More
The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz issued the following statement on the release of two political prisoners in Belarus :
“I welcome the release of former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikaw and the political activist Dzmitry Bandarenka. This is good news, but sixteen months too late. These freedom fighters should not have been imprisoned in the first place.
I call on Belarus authorities to release all remaining political prisoners, including another presidential candidate, Mikalay Statkevich and Ales Bialiatski, Head of the human rights centre ‘Viasna’.
It is appalling to think that in the 21st century Europe, political prisoners still exist...Read More
Andres Henkel, PACE rapporteur on the situation in Belarus :
The texte was prepared for the Fallen Freedom Fighter’s Day conference
in Tartu on 25 March 2012.
PACE Political Affairs Committee today backed the intention of the Rapporteur for Belarus, Andres Herkel (Estonia, EPP/CD), to make a fact-finding visit to Minsk in the coming months in order to have the opportunity to meet not only with the authorities but also with political prisoners, including former Presidential candidates and Ales Bialiatski, President of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna”, following reports of physical and psychological ill treatment.
The rapporteur is committed to monitoring closely the proceedings against Mr Bialiatski and other opponents of the regime, and demands the release of all political prisoners in Belarus.