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Mayor of Paris on the release of Ales Bialiatski

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Press release of Ms. Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, on the release of Ales Bialiatski :

I found out with great joy about the release of Ales Bialiatski, a honorary citizen of Paris, Chairman of the HRC “Viasna” and Vice-President of FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights).

A known defender of human rights and freedoms, Ales Bialiatski was sentencedon November 24, 2011 as a result ofan unfair trial to four and a half years in prison. His release, after three years in prison,is a new step on the path to freedom of expression and democracy in the world.

I would once again like to express solidarity of the city of Paris with all the women and men who are fighting every day to protect fundamental rights...

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Bialiatski’s release “hopefully a sign of more to come,” says OSCE PA’s Holm

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Christian Holm (MP, Sweden), the Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Ad Hoc Working Group on Belarus, welcomed the release of human rights activist Ales Bialiatski after nearly three years into his prison term, calling the move “hopefully a sign of more to come.”

The Belarusian government has taken a positive, if long overdue, step in releasing Mr. Bialiatski. His release will not be complete, however, unless authorities allow him and his colleagues in the Belarusian civil society community to work free of state persecution. Mr...

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UN Special Rapporteur Miklós Haraszti: Ales Bialiatski released, but other political prisoners remain in jail

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, welcomed the release from prison of human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, but called for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners and their full rehabilitation.

Bialiatski, founder of the Human Rights Centre Viasna, recipient of various human rights awards and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, was sentenced in November 2011 for tax evasion to four-and-a-half years in prison and confiscation of all his assets.

“In fact, the trumped-up charges against Bialiatski were directly linked to the fact that NGO activity is heavily curtailed by restricting access to funding,” the independent expert said.

Viasna, which has provided legal assistance to Belarusians arrested or imp...

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Civil Rights Defenders: Ales Bialiatski released after 1052 days behind bars

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Previous to his arrest Ales Bialiatski had been raising funds to help repressed human rights defenders and their families. On November 24, 2011 he was found guilty of tax evasion on trumped up charges. In 2014 he was appointed “Civil Rights Defender of the Year” during the annual event Defenders’ Days. His wife and colleagues was invited to Stockholm to received the award in his name.

“I cannot describe how happy I am that our good friend and colleague is a free man. Ales Bialiatski’s imprisonment was a clear punishment for his human rights work and an attempt to intimidate civil society in Belarus...

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EU welcomes release of Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski

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Statement by the European external action service Spokesperson on the release of Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski :

“We welcome the release of Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski. After almost three years of imprisonment on politically motivated grounds, he can now finally rejoin his family and friends.

This is an important step by the Belarusian authorities and should be followed without delay by the release of all the remaining political prisoners and the reinstatement of their full civil and political rights. This could contribute to improving relations between the European Union and Belarus.”

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FIDH: Ales Bialiatski Free at Last!

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Ales Bialiatski, distinguished human rights defender, president of Viasna Human Rights Centre of Belarus and Vice President of FIDH was released this Saturday, 21 June after nearly three years in prison. He was at last granted amnesty which had been refused for two consecutive years on the pretext of “multiple violations of the detention regime”. The Belarus regime is still arbitrary, even when it grants a release…

“It is the support I received from all of you, all the national and international intervention from the day I was arrested that made it possible for me to be released today” said Ales upon arrival in Minsk.

Ales Bialiatski was arrested on 4 August 2011 on the grounds of “large-scale tax evasion” and sentenced, on 24 November 2011 to four and a half years of confineme...

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US welcomes Ales Bialiatski’s release

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Jen Psaki, the U.S. State Department spokesperson, welcomed the release of Ales Bialiatski on Saturday, calling it “a positive development,” but reiterated the call for Belarus to immediately release all political prisoners and restore their political rights,” Radio Svaboda said.

These actions would pave the way for normalization of relations between the United States and Belarus,” she said in a statement. “We stand with the people of Belarus and reaffirm our readiness to help them build a democratic, prosperous, and truly independent European state.

In 2011, Ales Bialiatski won the Department of State’s Human Rights Defender Award for his work for the protection of victims of political repressions in Belarus and their families.

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First interview of released political prisoner Ales Bialiatski

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The head of “Viasna” human rights centre, Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights Ales Bialiatski was amnestied and released on June 21. He has spent almost three years in the colony on rigged charges.

On Minsk railway station the former prisoner of conscience was welcomed by his wife, colleagues, friends, concerned citizens. Many of them were crying, as it was hard to believe that Bialiatski is free at last.

When Ales Bialiatski returned home, he gave an interview to the editor-in-chief of charter97.org website Natalya Radzina.

- Ales, our congratulations! People across Belarus and all over the world rejoice at your release. Lukashenka has signed the amnesty law today, and you are free at once...

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Natallia Pinchuk: No concessions to regime untill all political prisoners are released

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Natallia Pinchuk attended the Third Human Rights Defenders Forum in Vilnius. The wife of political prisoner Ales Bialiatski calls not to close the question of rehabilitation, not to reduce pressure on the Belarusian authorities and not to make concessions until all political prisoners are released, Radio Svaboda reports.

“Some human rights defenders began to propose in their articles and speeches to lift demands for the full rehabilitation of political prisoners. They say the regime will never agree on it. But I think we must be consistent first of all. If we began to demand the rehabilitation, we must keep to this position. Secondly, people’s rights remain restricted without rehabilitation. They have only half-freedom,” Natallia Pinchuk said.

Ales Bialiatski’s wife confirmed her appea...

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Dialogue between PACE and Belarus should remain conditional on the release of political prisoners

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The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy made the following statement:

“The committee welcomes the Assembly decision to award the first ever Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights, to Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, and believes that he is a symbol of all human rights defenders facing repression in Belarus.

Following a hearing on 2 October in Strasbourg with the participation of Natallia Radzina, Editor-in-chief of the independent Belarusian news site Charter97.org and Aliaksandr Lahviniec, Vice-Chairperson of the Movement for Freedom, the committee is deeply concerned about the conditions of political prisoners and allegations of violence, torture and forced psychiatric treatment...

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