Ales Biali­at­ski is the Chair of Belarus­i­an Human Rights Cen­ter Viasna and the Vice-Pres­id­ent of the Inter­na­tion­al Fed­er­a­tion for Human Rights. He was detained with­in the frame­work of a crim­in­al case invest­ig­ated under Art­icle 243. 2 of the Belarus­i­an Crim­in­al Code (“con­ceal­ment of profits on an espe­cially large scale”). This car­ries a sen­tence of up to 7 years impris­on­ment with con­fis­ca­tion of prop­erty.

Belarus­i­an and inter­na­tion­al human rights organ­isa­tions believe his deten­tion is polit­ic­ally motiv­ated and inten­ded to obstruct his legit­im­ate work as a human rights defend­er. They regard Ales Biali­at­ski as a pris­on­er of con­science and are call­ing for his imme­di­ate and uncon­di­tion­al release.

3 things you can do:

  1. send an appeal to Pres­id­ent Lukashanko to call for the release of Ales, please find a sample let­ter on www​.lphr​.org
  2. like this page on Face­book to show your solid­ar­ity with Ales
  3. invite friends and col­leagues to do the same
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