UN Rapporteur joins chorus to urge freedom for Bialiatski in Belarus

August 2, 2013

Special Rapporteur on Belarus Miklós Haraszti. – Photo: OSCE/Susanna Lööf

2 August 2013 the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Republic of Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, said that the detention of Bialiatski is “a symbol of the repression against human rights defenders.” I urge the Belarusian authorities to protect human rights defenders and journalists from harassment, intimidation and violence as a result of their activities, and conduct prompt, impartial and thorough investigations, prosecution and punishment of any such acts.

Two years ago, Mr. Bialiatski, who is head of the Human Rights Center Viasna, was detained in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on charges of tax evasion. He was later sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment with the confiscation of all his property, including assets registered to other persons. This judgment was upheld on appeal in 2012.  Like many other human rights defenders in Belarus, Bialiatski could not legally and without hindrance work, because of the refusal by Belarusian authorities to register his NGO.  “The detention of Mr. Bialiatski is clearly a consequence of him continuing his not only legitimate but also legal work under international human rights law,” Mr. Haraszti underlined.

 

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