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Ales Bialiatski: after 2 years in prison, the solidarity continues


2 years after his arrest, Ales Bialiatski, Vice President of FIDH and President of Human rights center Viasna, is still behind bars, as are 11 other political prisoners whose rights he was defending right up to his very last day of freedom.

August 4, 2013 marks the second anniversary of his arrest.

In spite of his situation, including the forced daily work together with his fellow prisoners in the Babruisk Penal Colony, Ales refuses to remain silent:

Ales Bialiatski does not hope for a quick release

Ales’ conditions of detention are harsh. His fellow prisoners are not allowed to talk to him...

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Solidarity with Ales Bialiatski in Gdansk

Real masterpieces supporting Belarusian political prisoners can be seen on the walls of Polish towns.

One of the graffiti in Gdansk depicts a postcard to jailed human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, Belorusski Partizan reports.


Ales Bialiatski serves his prison term in correctional colony No. 2 in Babruisk. On November 24, 2011, he was found guilty of a large-scale tax fraud and sentenced to 4.5 years in a medium security correctional colony and confiscation of property. Bialiatski faced prosecution for having bank accounts in Lithuania and Poland. The court ignored the fact that he used all the money on human rights activities.

Ales Bialiatski received several awards for human rights struggle last year. The Belarusian political prisoner received the Petra Kelly Prize and the Lech Wałęsa...

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Homel authorities ban march in support of Ales Bialiatski

The march in support of Ales Bialiatski was banned by Homel executive authorities, since the procession route covers an underground passage and the building of the executive committee.

Homel city executive committee considered the application of local pro-democratic activists and human rights defenders Yury Varonezhtsau, Anatol Paplauny and Leanid Sudalenka asking for permission to hold a street procession and banned the mass event. A street demonstration to protest the criminal prosecution of human rights defender Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners was expected to be held in Homel on August 4.

Strangely enough, the city authorities did not even ruled on the matter, as required by law, but replied with a message entitled “On consideration of the application for a mass event...

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4 August 2013: Join the International Day of Solidarity with Civil Society of Belarus


On 4 August 2013, on the second anniversary of arrest of well-known human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, International Day of Solidarity with the Civil Society of Belarus will be held for the second time.

We will observe this day every year, until the situation of civil society in Belarus changes: until  its authorities put an end to imprisoning people for human rights activities, until there is a guarantee of fundamental human rights: freedom of expression, assembly and association.” (Manifesto of the Solidarity Day)

Last year, on this day, events and actions were held in more than 18 countries, including Armenia, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Germany, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, the UK and the USA...

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FIDH holds demonstration for human rights in front of EU institutions while Belarus Foreign Affairs Minister Makey is received in Brussels

Brussels – 22 July 2013

Today, on the occasion of Belarus Foreign Affairs Minister Vladimir Makey’s visit to Brussels, FIDH held a demonstration in Rond-Point Schuman, in the heart of the European (EU) district.

Demonstrators held portraits of 12 political prisoners currently behind bars and put up black and white balloons symbolising the Belarusian jails This is Mr. Makey’s first visit on the EU territory since the EU lifted temporarily his visa ban on 25 June 2013. Travel restrictions for Belarusian officials are part of EU’s restrictive measures against Belarus.

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FIDH reiterated that the human rights situation in Belarus remains catastrophic and that any political dialogue between the EU and Belarus must remain conditioned by the release of political prisoners and reinstatem...

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Human rights defenders across Belarus seeking permission to demonstrate in support of Ales Bialiatski

Human rights defenders across the country are going to stage pickets on 4 August to mark two years since the arrest of Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski. In particular, applications were submitted to local executive authorities in Mahiliou, Hrodna, Baranavichy, Biaroza and Brest.

We want to draw attention of Mahiliou residents to the problem of existence of political prisoners in our country, so that people could learn that political opponents of the regime are persecuted the authorities. We also demand that human rights defender Ales Bialiatski was released and rehabilitated in his rights,” says human rights activist Aliaksei Kolchyn.

With our picket, we want to emphasize that people are punished for their political views in Belarus...

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Freedom to Bialiatski! in streets of Istanbul


Participants in the 38th Congress of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), which has started yesterday in Istanbul, held a rally to demand the release of prominent human rights defenders, FIDH Vice-President Ales Bialiatski and Nabeel Rajab, FIDH Deputy Secretary General.

“After the opening event of the first day was over, participants in the Congress marched along the streets of Istanbul chanting the slogans “Freedom for Ales!” and “Freedom for Nabeel!” They also demanded to release the Turkish journalists and human rights defenders, currently in prisons on political grounds,” says Viasna’s deputy chairman Valiantsin Stefanovich, who represents Belarus at the Congress.

On 23-27 May Istanbul hosts the 38th Congress of the International Human Rights Federation...

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France remembers about Ales Bialiatski

On November 26, 2012 Franç ois Hollande, the President of the French Republic, awarded Souhayr Belhassen, the President of the International Federation for Human Rights with the distinction of Knight of the Legion of Honour. He dedicated this award to all FIDH activists, especially those who are kept in prison, including the vice-president, Ales Bialiatski.

Full texte of François Hollande greeting speech:

Souhayr Belhassen,

One word defines you: independence. Your fierce determination not to give up and not to give in. Your fidelity to your principles and, above all, to yourself and your country, Tunisia.

Your Tunisia is a Tunisia of freedom, a Tunisia of hospitality, a Tunisia of secularity...

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Bialiatki’s portrait in Warsaw

November 22, 2012

Amnesty International holds a letter-writing marathon on December 8 and 9.

Portraits of political prisoners from different countries will be drawn on the wall on the corner of Górczewska Street and Al. Prymasa Tysiąclecia, Radio Racja reports.

A portrait of Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski will appear among others.

Letters written during the marathon will be displayed on the wall.

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Greetings for Ales Bialiatski: Ireland, Poland, Czech, Slovakia and Sweden

September 24, 2012

Such human rights organizations as Front Line (Dublin), People in Peril Association (Bratislava), the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Poland), Civil Rights Defenders (Sweden) and many others have taken part in the week of congratulations to Ales Bialiatski. Friends, we are grateful to all of you for your support and solidarity!


Front Line (Dublin, Ireland)


People in Peril Association (Bratislava, Slovakia)


The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Warsaw, Poland)


Civil Rights Defenders (Stockholm, Sweden)

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