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Ales Bialiatski’s first visit to Poland after release from jail


“For the three years I spent in prison, I was struck by the fact that many non-political, cultural, linguistic and social initiatives appeared in Belarus. This proves that our civil society develops,” stated Mr. Bialiatski at a meeting in Warsaw. His visit to the Polish capital completes the tour of the Belarusian human rights activist across European countries.

Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” came to Warsau on invitation of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and Stefan Batory Foundation. The visit began on Wednesday, July 9, with a closed-door meeting with representatives of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, at which the human rights sector discussed the situation in Belarus. “It was a friendly meeting with representatives of the human rights organization...

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Political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich gets a meeting with his wife


Maryna Statkevich had the first short-term meeting with her husband in Mahiliou prison for a year. Mikalai Statkevich is very glad that Ales Bialiatski was released from jail and asks to pass greetings to him.

This was a standard two-hour meeting through the glass and bars. Mikalai is in normal condition both physically and psychologically. I even think that he has become more handsome. After all, he understands exactly what he’s doing and has a clear vision of the situation. He is in harmony with himself. It looks like even his wrinkles get smoother,” said Mrs. Statkevich.

Former presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich was sentenced to six years in prison for allegedly organizing mass riots in the day of the presidential elections on 19 December 2010...

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Ex-political prisoner Mikalai Autukhovich eventually allowed to come to Minsk for medical treatment


The police of Vaukavysk finally allowed the former political prisoner to go to the Belarusian capital for a medical examination.

“They at last allowed me to visit Minsk to have a medical examination. This time, I filed another application. I applied for temporary residence in the capital. Police officers gave their permission without problems, though earlier they didn’t want me to visit Minsk for treatment. They wanted to have necessary documents from a state-owned hospital and refused to accept them from a private medical centre. I even filed a complaint, but it gave no results,” he said.

The former political prisoner noted he would go to the dentist and also have a medical examination.

“I don’t know how long I will stay in Minsk. It depends on results of medical tests...

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Ales Bialiatski met European Parliament President

Martin SCHULZ - EP President, Ales BIALIATSK, Belarus Human Rights defender

Belarusian human rights activist, head of the Center “Viasna” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights Ales Bialiatski and European Parliament President Martin Schulz exchanged information on the situation in Belarus.

My signal to Mr. Schultz was to continue the efforts they have made for all these years, since December of 2010, for the release of political prisoners. It is also necessary that they continue to demand complex changes related to human rights and the state of democracy in Belarus,” Ales Bialiatski commented to RFE/RL after the meeting.

Mr. Schultz is aware of what is happening with us...

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Ales Bialiatski meets EU Commissioner Füle

Ales Fule

On July 2  Štefan FÜLE, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, met in Strasbourg with Ales BIALIATSKI, Belarussian political activist, head of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

After this meeting, the Europrean commission published a following statement :

EU-Belarus: Meeting with Ales Bialiatski in Strasbourg

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met with prominent Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski in Strasbourg on July 2...

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Ales Bialiatski visits Brussels and Strasbourg


On July 1 Ales Bialiatski, head of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), visited Brussels. He met with representatives of the European Union to thank them for their tireless efforts on his release and call for the struggle for the liberation of all political prisoners in Belarus and systemic changes in the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The human rights activist also urged to support the country’s civil society in the struggle for democracy and human rights. European diplomats and journalists asked the head of “Viasna” about the the conditions of his detention and circumstances of his recent release.

Ales Bialiatski, FIDH CEO Antoine Bernard and Head of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Department...

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Ales Bialiatski at press conference for Lithuanian media: No hard feelings towards Lithuania


On 27 June in Vilnius, Head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and one of the founders of the Belarusian Human Rights House Ales Bialiatski gave a press conference for the Lithuanian media.

Ales Bialiatski opened the press conference by saying that he wanted to answer in advance the question he would definitely be asked.

“ I don’t have any hard feelings. It was not the Lithuanian but the Belarusian government that put me in jail,” he said.

Bialiatski hopes other political prisoners will also be freed as there are still seven people in Belarus imprisoned for their political views.

Ahead of the press conference, Bialiatski removed a poster saying “Freedom for Ales Bialiatski” off the door of the Vilnius-based Bary...

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Political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou: I have more than 20 violations


Human rights defender Anastasiya Loika has received a letter from political prisoner Vasil Parfiankou, who told her about his latest news.

In his letter to the human rights activist, Vasil Parfiankou, who is serving a sentence in the PKT (cell-type premises) of penal colony No. 9 in Horki, says that recently he was “once again called and asked to sign a commitment to law-abiding behavior and performance of legitimate claims of the administration”. “Once again, I refused, because what are their requirements, when I am here illegally,” says he.

Vasil Parfiankou also says that the only thing that annoys him a little is that because of his “violations” he can face supervision again. “The only question is for how long...

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Observatory : Ales Bialiatski freed after almost three years behind bars

Observatory Human Rights Defenders


Paris-Geneva, June 26, 2014. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of FIDH and OMCT, welcomes the release on June 21, 2014 of Ales Bialiatski, President of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and Vice-President of FIDH, after almost three years spent in jail.

On June 21, 2014, Ales Bialiatski was granted an amnesty by the Belarusian authorities and released the same day. He was arrested on August 4, 2011 on politically motivated charges of “fiscal evasion”, and sentenced three months later to four and a half years of imprisonment in a penal colony of high security. He was subjected to especially harsh detention conditions...

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London welcomes the release of Ales Bialatski and calls to release the rest of the political prisoners


Britain’s Minister for European Affairs David Lidington welcomes the release of Ales Bialatski and calls upon Belarus authorities to release the rest of the political prisoners, BelaPAN reports.

“I am glad to hear that the Belarusian authorities released Ales Bialatski, the head of the Viasna human rights organization. I am glad that after three years in prison, he has now returned to his family”, – says Lidington’s statement, published on 24 June.

At the same time the British minister “insistently urges Belarusian authorities to release all the remaining political prisoners and fully restore them in their civic and political rights”. “Great Britain will keep putting pressure on the Belarusian government in order for them to improve the human rights situation”, – Lidington ...

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