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US welcomes Ales Bialiatski’s release


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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US State Department’s Press-Release on Second Anniversary of Ales Bialiatski’s Arrest

Second Anniversary of the Arrest of Ales Bialiatski

Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 2, 2013

August 4 marks the second anniversary of the arrest of Ales Bialiatski, Chairman of leading Belarusian human rights organization Viasna and a winner of the Department of State’s 2011 Human Rights Defender Award. Bialiatski provided legal and practical support to victims of political repression and their families, and catalogued human rights violations. He is currently serving a four and a half year prison sentence for his efforts. We honor Bialiatski’s work to protect the weak and uphold the highest standards of human rights despite harassment by Belarusian authorities.

We reiterate our call on the Government of Belarus to immed...

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Statement of the US Department of State on the Parliament Elections in Belarus

September 24, 2012

 Washington, DC

” The September 23 parliamentary elections in Belarus fell short of international standards and their conduct cannot be considered free or fair. The preliminary assessment of the OSCE election observation mission found that the elections were “not competitive from the start.” The observer mission cited the limitation of choice for voters, the lack of impartiality on the part of the election commission, and the lack of proper counting procedures.

The United States urges the authorities to take steps to meet Belarus’s international commitments to hold genuinely democratic elections and to foster respect for human rights...

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The United States Condemns the Verdict in the Case of Ales Bialiatski

The United States strongly condemns the selective prosecution and conviction of Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski. We again call on the Government of Belarus to release Bialiatski and all political prisoners immediately and unconditionally, remove any barriers to their future participation in public life, and cease its campaign against critics of the government. The United States, in concert with our European partners, will continue to monitor developments in Belarus and hold accountable those responsible for repression.

November 28, 2011

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Mark C. Toner, Deputy Spokesperson of the US Department of State, Daily press briefing

Turning to Belarus, we are deeply concerned about the arrest and detention of Ales Byalyatski, who is a prominent human rights activist and the head of the NGO Vyasno — Vyasna, rather, the human rights center, one of only two human rights organizations in Belarus. Independent nongovernmental organizations such as Vyasna play a critical role in any democratic society and Byalyatski’s – Ms. Byalyatski’s arrest represents another unfortunate sign of Belarus’s self-isolation and violation of international standards on democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

The United States calls on the Government of Belarus to immediately and unconditionally release Mr. Byalyatski and the more than 40 political prisoners in Belarus today. Sorry, I believe I referred to him as Ms...

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