Bialiatski still in jail

A month has passed since the arrest of Ales Bialiatski, president of the Human Rights Centre Viasna. Bialiatski was arrested in Minsk on August 4, and remains in detention on charges of tax evasion.

The case against Ales Bialiatski is directly connected to the human rights work of Viasna, which is an unregistered NGO promoting human rights and democracy in Belarus. Viasna has been denied registration by the authorities on several occasions, but has continued to work on protecting the rights of the people of Belarus. The case against Bialiatski represents yet another example of the persecution of the Belarusian civil society.

We demand that the Belarusian authorities immediately and unconditionally release Ales Bialiatski, who was recognised as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty on August 11.  We also demand that all political prisoners in Belarus are released. We furthermore demand that the Belarusian authorities end harassment of the civil society and allow human rights defenders to work freely in Belarus.

Ales Bialiatski is a scholar of Belarusian literature and a member of the Belarusian Writer’s Union. He founded Viasna in 1996 providing legal and other assistance to civic and political activists. In 2005, Bialiatski was awarded the Homo Homini prize of the Czech NGO “People in Need”, and in 2006 he was awarded the Per Anger prize by the Swedish government, after being nominated by Civil Rights Defenders (then Swedish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights). Bialiatski is also the vice-president of International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

Categories: News.
Tags: Ales Bialiatski, Harassment, and Viasna.
Regions: Belarus.