Ales Bialiatski appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Užupis to “Viasna”
“We have much hope that this small symbolic step
will be important for Ales and all
Belarusian human rights activists" -
said Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic
of Užupis Thomas Chapaytsis.
As an Ambassador, Ales has the right and duty to establish an Embassy of “Viasna” at Užupis and an Embassy of Užupis at “Viasna”, has the right to read lectures at the Užupis University and maximally facilitate the promotion of the values of the culture and values of the Republic of Užupis at “Viasna” and vice-versa.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Užupis Thomas Chaypatsis said: "We would like to give to Ales a status which would be symbolic not only because of his imprisonment. We hope that prisons will collapse, and the borders will open, which is why we have decided to appoint him ambassador to Viasna (spring) – the time of hope, growth and renewal. We hope that this is will support Ales at least a little. Užupis Constitution states that "everyone can be free" and "everyone is responsible for their freedom", although now Ales is deprived of these rights."
The appeal of the symbolic republic also states: "We very much hope that this small symbolic gesture will be important for Ales and all Belarusian human rights, solidarity with whom we feel and express."