Statement by the International Memorial Society on the Conviction of Ales Bialiatski

posted 25 Nov 2011, 12:52 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 Nov 2011, 01:53 ]
Source: (info), 24/11/11 

· Human rights defenders  · Belarus  · Moscow city and Moscow region 

“... Europe and the world must remind Aleksandr Lukashenko of these lessons history has taught, and compel him to bring the basic laws governing public life in Belarus into line with international standards.” 

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In Belarus Ales Bialiatski, head of the Vyasna Human Rights Centre, has been sentenced to serve four-and-a-half years in prison. The court found him ‘guilty of tax evasion’. However, to any impartial observer familiar with the details of the case it is obvious that: 

- firstly, the accusations are unfounded: there has been no tax evasion; 
- secondly, the true cause of this criminal case is the human rights work of Ales Bialiatski in Belarus. [Read more]