Human rights defenders demand freedom for Ales Bialiatski in Istanbul

2013 2013-05-23T15:04:48+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Participants in the 38th Congress of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), which was opened today in Istanbul, held a rally to demand the release of prominent human rights defenders, FIDH Vice-President Ales Bialiatski and Nabeel Rajab, FIDH Deputy Secretary General.

“After the opening event of the first day was over, participants in the Congress marched along the streets of Istanbul chanting the slogans “Freedom for Ales!” and “Freedom for Nabeel!” They also demanded to release the Turkish journalists and human rights defenders, currently in prisons on political grounds,” says Viasna’s deputy chairman Valiantsin Stefanovich, who represents Belarus at the Congress.