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Belarus: Menschenrechtsverteidiger Ales Bialiatski verhaftet

Belarussische Menschenrechtsverteidiger*innen im Gefängnis

Ales Bialiatski, der Vorsitzende der Menschenrechtsorganisation Viasna, wurde am 14. Juli 2021 verhaftet. Auch der Anwalt der Organisation, Uladzimir Labkovich, und seine Partnerin Nina Labkovich sowie der stellvertretende Vorsitzende Valyantsyn Stefanovich wurden festgenommen und befinden sich seither im Gefängnis.

Die belarussischen Behörden gehen bereits seit Längerem massiv gegen zivilgesellschaftliche und Menschenrechtsorganisationen vor, um systematisch jede Art von Dissens zu unterbinden. Insgesamt wurden allein am 14. Juli 2021 mindestens 12 Menschenrechtsverteidiger*innen verhaftet.

Ales Bialiatski wurde bereits 2011 für seine unermüdliche Menschenrechtsarbeit in Belarus inhaftiert. Mit einer weltweiten Kampagne konnte Amnesty International damals zu seiner Freilassung beitragen. Gemeinsam können wir das wieder schaffen!

Fordere jetzt die sofortige Freilassung von Ales Bialiatski und seinen Kolleg*innen!

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GENERALSTAATSANWALT
Andrey Shved
Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus
Vul. Internatsianalnaya
22 220030 Minsk
BELARUS
E-Mail: info@prokuratura.gov.by

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BOTSCHAFT DER REPUBLIK BELARUS
Hüttelbergstraße 6
1140 Wien
S.E Herr Andrei DAPKIUNAS
Fax: (+43 / 1) 419 96 30 - 30
E-Mail: austria@mfa.gov.by

Amnesty International fordert:

  • Bitte tun Sie alles in Ihrer Macht stehende, um die Freilassung von Ales Bialiatski, Uladzimir Labkovich, Nina Labkovich sowie Valyantsyn Stefanovich zu erwirken, da sie keine anerkannte Straftat begangen haben und nur aufgrund ihrer Menschenrechtsarbeit verfolgt werden.

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Dear Prosecutor General,

I am writing to express my deep concern about the arrests on 14 July and subsequent transfer to pretrial detention on 17 July of the Chairman of the Human Rights Centre Vyasna, Ales Bialiatski, Vyasna’s lawyer Uladzimir Labkovich, Nina Labkovich, as well as vice chairman of Vyasna Valyantsyn Stefanovich.

They were arrested on 14 July alongside others during the raids carried out by law enforcement officers on the offices of at least a dozen major Belarusian civil society and human rights organizations and opposition groups, as well the homes of civil society leaders. These raids and arbitrary arrests are just another instance of the crackdown against human rights defenders, civil society organizations and independent media that has been going on since the widely disputed presidential election in August 2020, when thousands of Belarusians took to the streets in mostly peaceful protests.

Amnesty International already documented in February mass raids and interrogations of staff members of Vyasna, the Belarusian Association of Journalists, the REP independent trade union and dozens of civil society activists. These raids were carried out as part of unfounded criminal proceedings under Article 342 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (“organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order”) aimed at “establishing the circumstances of the financing of protest activities”. In March, the Belarusian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case into the activities of Vyasna under Article 342 of the Criminal Code, which is believed to be the reason for the pretrial detention of Valyantsyn Stefanovich, Uladzimir Labkovich, Nina Labkovich and Ales Bialiatski. Article 342 has been consistently misused by the authorities to launch unfounded cases targeting civil society activists, journalists and human rights monitors.

In the light of the above, I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure the immediate release of Valyantsyn Stefanovich, Uladzimir Labkovich, Nina Labkovich and Ales Bialiatski as they have committed no recognizable criminal offence and are being prosecuted in retaliation for their human rights work.

Yours sincerely,

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