Viasna chairman Ales Bialiatski remains behind the bars

2022 2022-01-28T17:41:20+0300 2022-01-31T19:18:53+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The chairman of Viasna Ales Bialiatski

The chairman of Viasna Ales Bialiatski

On January 28, the Partyzanski District Court of Minsk considered another appeal of Ales Bialiatski, a political prisoner and chairman of Viasna, against the extension of his detention.

Judge Natallia Dziadkova did not grant the appeal, and thus the human rights defender will remain in pre-trial detention center. There is no information from the process as the trial was held behind closed doors. Almost nothing is known about the progress of the procedure and the investigative activities as well since the lawyers for human rights defenders are under a non-disclosure order. They cannot tell anything even to the relatives of the political prisoners. Human rights defenders also cannot write about the case in their letters, since all mails are undergoing censorship

Ales Bialiatski, his deputy Valiantsin Stefanovich and a lawyer of the organization Uladzimir Labkovich, have been kept in detention for 198 days now for their human rights activities. The human rights defenders are accused of not having registered the Human Rights Center Viasna. The authorities believe that Viasna activists had evaded from recognizing the organization as a tax agent and thus avoided paying taxes on a large scale.

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