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Łukasz Grajewski

[HRHN Petition] A Year Has Passed – Ales Bialiatski Still Imprisoned

Lithuanian and Belarusian civil society activists will come to the embassy of Belarus in Lithuania on Monday, August 6, to express the support and solidarity with Ales Bialiatski, head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), who was arrested on August 4, 2011 and later sentenced to four and a half years of imprisonment for his human rights activities.

Freedom for Ales Bialiatski, source: Facebook - Акция солидарности с Алесем Беляцким

Participants will visit the embassy to pass the petition demanding an immediate and unconditional release of Ales Bialiatski and all political prisoners and cessation of pressurization on human rights and civil society organizations of the country.
Time for action: from 13:00 to 13:30, 6 August 2012
Location: st. Mindaugo, 13, Vilnius, Lithuania

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To President of the Republic of Belarus

Aliaksandr Lukashenka

Petition

On August 4, 2011, Ales Bialiatski, prominent Belarusian human rights defender, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), was arrested and later sentenced to four and a half years of imprisonment.

We believe that his sentencing is illegal, as it is only linked to his human rights activities. Ales Bialiatski’s arrest was the result of the Belarusian authorities’ persistent policy against the country’s human rights and civil society organizations: dissolutions of NGOs by court rulings, denying state registration, including by the judiciary, criminal prosecution for illegal NGO activities, ban on and criminal prosecution for receiving foreign financial aid.

We, representatives of Belarusian and international human rights communities, urge the authorities of Belarus to immediately and unconditionally release chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Ales Bialiatski, as well as other prisoners of conscience still held in Belarusian prisons.

We urge the authorities of Belarus to put an end to harassment and persecution of representatives of the country’s civil society and human rights defenders, as well as to bring the Belarusian legislation in line with the international human rights standards.

Source: Belarusian Human Rights House, Viasna

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Łukasz Grajewski

Socjolog, absolwent Studium Europy Wschodniej UW. Pracował w administracji publicznej, aktywny w trzecim sektorze (Fundacja Wspólna Europa, Polska Fundacja im. Roberta Schumana, Inicjatywa Wolna Białoruś). Autor licznych publikacji o Europie Wschodniej w polskich mediach.

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