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