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2023 2023-11-14T15:26:38+0300 2023-11-14T15:28:34+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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We collected news about Viasna team members who are behind bars.

Ales Bialiatski placed in the colony in a punishment cell

Ales Bialiatski was placed in the colony for fabricated reasons in a punishment cell (PKT). Also, for a long time, they do not allow his lawyer to see him.

This was announced by his wife Natallia Pinchuk during her speech in Strasbourg at the World Forum for Democracy-2023:

"Today, to achieve unconditional freedom for Ales Bialiatski, for all Belarusian political prisoners, to achieve freedom for Belarus means to defend the peaceful future of Belarus. And of Ukraine, and of our region, and therefore of the world as a whole. Freedom is peace."

Exhibition in honor of Ales Bialiatski opened in Brussels

On October 24, the exhibition I Am Not Afraid; Let Them Be Afraid, dedicated to the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Viasna chairman Ales Bialiatski, opened in the space of the mission of democratic Belarus in Brussels.

 Ales became the fourth person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize while in prison or in custody.

Human rights defender Leanid Sudalenka took part in the presentation of a book about Ales Bialiatski

The Belarusian PEN organized conversation between Tatsiana Niadbai and Leanid Sudalenka about Ales Bialiatski, his book, Nobel for Belarus, torture in colonies, and conditions of detention of political prisoners in Belarus. You can watch the conversation here.

Exhibition dedicated to imprisoned trade union activists of Belarus and Ales Bialiatski opened at IG BCE headquarters in Hanover

The exhibition began with speeches by Birgit Biermann, Deputy Chairman of IG BCE (IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie, a trade union in Germany) and Acting Chairman of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions Maksim Pazniakou.

The exhibition will operate at Königsworther Pl. 6, 30167 Hannover.

Books of Belarusian political prisoners presented at a book fair in Poland

On November 4 in Katowice, human rights activist Alena Laptsionak presented a publishing series Belarusian Prison Literature at one of the largest book fairs in Poland.

The series was founded by Viasna in 2017. It includes literary works written from personal prison experience: prose, poems, diaries, memoirs. The idea of publishing books of political prisoners in one publishing series came to Ales Bialiatski, who in 2011–2014 served three years in prison on a political case, and wrote Prison notebooks, which, among other things, were included in the series of Belarusian Prison Literature.

At the moment, 10 books have been published in the series.

No recent news about Valiantsin Stefanovich and Uladzimir Labkovich

Support letters and postcards of solidarity to imprisoned Viasna team members:

Penal colony No. 9, 213410, Horki, vul. Dabraliubava, 16,

Aliaksandr Viktaravich Bialiatski

Penal colony No. 15, 213105, Mahileu, Veina, Slauharadskaja shasha 183, to
Valiantsin Kanstantsinavich Stefanovich

Penal colony No. 17, 213004, Shklou, vul. 1-ja Zavodskaja 8, to
Uladzimir Mikalayevich Labkovich

No recent news about Marfa Rabkova and Andrei Chapiuk

Send letters or postcards of solidarity to Marfa and Andrei:

Penal colony No. 4. 246035, Homel, vul. Antoshkina, 3

Maryia Aliaksandrauna Rabkova 

Penal colony No. 22. 225295, Brest region, Ivatsevichy, Damanava, PO box 20,
Andrei Siarheyevich Chapiuk

The company #FreeViasna continues its activities 

On November 10, the third Future of Democracy Forum was held in Vilnius. There was also an information board of #FreeViasna solidarity campaign.

How else to support Viasna activists?

1. Letters of solidarity are the strongest support from outside. You can send your letters via regular mail, as well as through electronic services:

You can also send telegrams at the post office or by phone number 166 (only from the landline) and dictate the text. Do not forget to leave your name in the text of the telegram.

2. An equally significant support is the dissemination of information. We urge you to tell your relatives, friends, colleagues, and directly on social media about the Viasna team and other political prisoners. Be sure to use the hashtag #FreeViasna. 

3. Sign the petition for the release of the Viasna team members and all political prisoners of Belarus!

4. Support Viasna on Patreon or with a one-time donation.

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