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Observatory requests to implement decision of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on the case of Ales Bialiatski

Observatory Human Rights Defenders

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), addresses the Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs with a request to implement Decision A/HRC/WGAD/2012/39 of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on the case of human rights defender Ales Bialiatski.

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Landmark UN decision: Ales Bialiatski’s detention arbitrary, release and compensation requested

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Paris-Geneva, December 21, 2012.

At its 64th session, the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) adopted decision A/HRC/WGAD/2012/39, published on November 23, in which it found that the detention of Mr. Ales Bialiatski, President of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Viasna” and FIDH Vice-President, was arbitrary, “being in contravention of article 20, paragraph 1, of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights [UDHR] and article 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” (ICCPR).

The WGAD emphasized that “the adequate remedy is to release Mr. Bialatski and accord him an enforceable right to compensation pursuant to article 9, paragraph 5, of the [ICCPR]”. This decision follows a communication which had been addressed by the Observator...

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Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concerning Ales Bialiatski’s case

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Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at its sixty-fourth session, 27-31 August 2012
No. 39/2012 (Belarus)
Communication addressed to the Government on 20 April 2012
Concerning: Aleksandr Viktorovich Bialatski The Government responded on 22 May 2012.
The State is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
1.    The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was established in resolution 1991/42 of the former Commission on Human Rights, which extended and clarified the Working Group’s mandate in its resolution 1997/50, The Human Rights Council assumed that mandate in its decision 2006/102 and extended it for a three-year period in its resolution 15/18 of 30 September 2010...

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