The Human Rights Organisation Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights condemns the jail sentence of 4.5 years that was imposed on the Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski on November 24th 2011. Together with Belarusian and international human rights organisations Libereco demands the immediate and unconditional release of Ales Bialiatski, who has been detained and sentenced for political reasons only.
Libereco launches a photo-petition on http://www.facebook.com/WeAllAreAles and calls on everybody to support the demand to release Ales Bialiatski by uploading a personal picture. Katrin Göring-Eckardt, vice president of the German Bundestag, has taken over a godparenthood for Ales Bialiatski and provided the first picture of the photo petition.
Lars Bünger, chairman of Libereco, stated :
„The dictatorial regime of Lukashenko doesn’t flinch from any repressions to physically and mentally destroy it’s critics. In the 21st century, there is no room for a regime that pursues and represses their people. The governments and parlamentarians of the EU now have to react in a distinct manner, they have to noticeably sharpen existing sanctions against the last dictatorship in Europe and to help the repressed Belarusian civil society more effectively. Above all, there is to consider an extension of the entry ban to all delegates of the Belarusian chambers of parliament and the Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The trade relations between the EU and Belarus that help to maintain the Lukashenko Regime and that way enable continuous violations of human rights also have to be audited as a possible field of sanctions. Our solidarity belongs to Ales Bialiatski, his relatives and friends and all other political prisoners in Belarus. We will continue to put ourselves out for their freedom which is ours also.“