Belarus: UN recognizes violation of Ales Bialiatski’s rights

17/11/2014
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This historical decision, taken by the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) on the 24 September 2014, sets a precedent and demonstrates that actions undertaken by a state to obstruct the activities of human rights organizations are in violation of international law.

Ales Bialiatski, President of Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and FIDH Vice President was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison on the 24th of October 2011 for “concealing” funds used for the legitimate activities of his organization. Viasna was deprived of its state registration in 2003 making its activities illegal.

FIDH CEO Antoine Bernard filed the individual communication before the UN on behalf of Ales Bialiatski’s wife. Following this, the UNHRC recognized violations of the right to liberty and security of the person, the right to justice and a fair trial and freedom of association. It further calls on Belarus to reconsider Viasna’s application for state registration, clear Ales Bialiatski of his criminal record and provide adequate compensation.

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