Prison authorities see no grounds for revoking reprimands imposed on Ales Bialiatski

2013 2013-08-14T14:57:02+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The administration of the Babruisk-based penal colony No. 2, where Ales Bialiatski is serving his sentence, replied to an appeal from the Belarusian Association of Journalists demanding milder conditions of his detention.

The prison head Aliaksandr Kakunin writes that during the serving of his punishment Ales Bialiatski "repeatedly committed violations of the established order of serving the punishment" that "the reprimands referred to in the appeal were not appealed by convict Bialiatski," and that "there are no reasons for cancellation of the penalties or to replace them with other actions."

"The Criminal Procedure Code of Belarus is based on the principles of legality, humanism, democracy, equality before the law, differentiation and individualization of sentences and other measures of criminal responsibility, rational use of coercive measures and means of correction of convicts to promote their law-abiding behavior, a combination of coercive measures with educational influence," says the head of the colony.

In early August the Belarusian Association of Journalists sent an official statement in which it referred to information about the use of unreasonable penalties against the imprisoned human rights defender. In particular, he was deprived of a scheduled visit by his wife, as well as the opportunity to receive a food package. The journalists demanded to cancel the punishment imposed on Ales Bialiatski and allow his meeting with his wife Natallia Pinchuk in the near future.

Soon, it was reported that Ales Bialiatski received the first food parcel this year.