News for June 2014

UN Human Rights Committee registers another complaint from Belarus

25.06.2014 UN Human Rights Committee registers another complaint from Belarus

The UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint by a resident of the village of Buyany, Vitsebsk region, Leanid Zdrestau. The activist had to appeal to the international body for protection after the authorities did not authorize his picket, and all the courts where he was trying to appeal the ban, from the Kastrychnitski District Court of Vitsebsk to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus – sided with the authorities.

Ex-candidate in Mahiliou seeks responsibility for hooligans who attacked him during local elections

25.06.2014 Ex-candidate in Mahiliou seeks responsibility for hooligans who attacked him during local elections

Aliaksei Paulouski, a former candidate in this year’s local elections in Mahiliou, says that local police are trying to hush up the incident in all possible ways.

25.06.2014 BAJ Calls on International Organizations to Protect Journalism Standards

The Belarusian Association of Journalists calls on international journalism organizations to monitor and promote professional standards of reporting on the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Mayor of Paris: Ales Bialiatski’s release is a new step on the path to freedom of expression and democracy in the world

25.06.2014 Mayor of Paris: Ales Bialiatski’s release is a new step on the path to freedom of expression and democracy in the world

A known defender of human rights and freedoms, Ales Bialiatski was sentenced on November 24, 2011 as a result of an 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.

Ales Bialiatski is under prisoner amnesty

25.06.2014 Ales Bialiatski is under prisoner amnesty

Amnesty International welcomes the release of Belarusian prisoner of conscience Ales Bialiatski after nearly three years behind bars. The organizations remains concerned that his release was not unconditional and that two remaining prisoners of conscience remain in prison.

  Belarus: “Rights defender Ales Bialiatski released, but other political prisoners remain in jail” – UN expert

25.06.2014 Belarus: “Rights defender Ales Bialiatski released, but other political prisoners remain in jail” – UN expert

GENEVA (24 June 2014) – 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.

Sacha Koulaeva: Ales’ release is a sign of hope for human rights defenders facing repression in other countries

24.06.2014 Sacha Koulaeva: Ales’ release is a sign of hope for human rights defenders facing repression in other countries

On June 23, Sacha Koulaeva, Head of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), came to Minsk to congratulate FIDH vice-president Ales Bialiatski on his release on behalf of his colleagues from all around the world.

Human Rights Watch: Bialiatski’s release is a positive step

24.06.2014 Human Rights Watch: Bialiatski’s release is a positive step

“Every day Ales Bialiatski spent in prison was one day too many,” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “From the very beginning, this case had nothing to do with justice and was solely about retaliation for Bialiatski’s human rights work.”

Preventive register will not become an obstacle for Ales Bialiatski in his international activities

24.06.2014 Preventive register will not become an obstacle for Ales Bialiatski in his international activities

On June 23, head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski visited the criminal-executive inspection of Minsk’s Pershamaiski District Police Department, where he was registered after his early release from prison.

Libereco welcomes the release of Belarussian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski

24.06.2014 Libereco welcomes the release of Belarussian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski

Libereco welcomes the release of Belarussian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski on 21st June 2014 under an amnesty law, under which more than 2700 people have been released from prison.

Ales Bialiatski: Belarus should be a country without political prisoners

23.06.2014 Ales Bialiatski: Belarus should be a country without political prisoners

“Being a prisoner for the sake of a democratic, independent Belarus is normal,” said Ales Bialiatski during a press conference held today in the Minsk office of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”. He then crossed out his name on a T-shirt bearing the names of the remaining seven political prisoners.

EU welcomes Ales Bialiatski's release

23.06.2014 EU welcomes Ales Bialiatski's release

"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," says a statement by the Spokesperson of the European Union's External Action Service released on June 21 after the release of Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski.

22.06.2014 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,” svaboda.org said.

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

22.06.2014 Civil Rights Defenders: Ales Bialiatski released after 1052 days behind bars

Ales Bialiatski, Belarus leading human rights defender and the head of the human rights organisation Viasna, was in 2011 imprisoned on trumped up charges. 21 June – after 1052 days behind bars – he was released and could reunite with his family, friends and colleagues.

Invitation to the press conference of Ales Bialiatski

22.06.2014 Invitation to the press conference of Ales Bialiatski

On June 23, the Minsk office of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” will host a press conference of the organization’s leader and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights, Ales Bialiatski, who was released on Saturday after almost three years of arbitrary detention.

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