Libereco together with 37 organizations from 16 countries has sent a protest letter to the Belarusian authorities to condemn the continuing repressions against civil society in Belarus and the recent arrests of peaceful demonstrators. Since 15 June 2011, at least 1730 people have been arrested during peaceful demonstrations across the country.
In the past two months, civic activists have been organizing silent protests in the streets through social networking media. Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered across the country in order to peacefully protest against the deteriorating political and economic situation in Belarus.
The organizations call upon the Belarusian authorities to immediately stop harassment of those who exercise their rights to freedom of assembly and expression, release the demonstrators remaining in prison and stop preventive detentions of journalists and human rights defenders.
The organizations undersigned are:
All-Ukrainian Youth NGO "Foundation of Regional Initiatives" (Ukraine),Armenian Helsinki Association (Armenia),Belarusian Human Rights House in exile in Vilnius, (Lithuania),Belarusian Tribunal (Netherlands),Center for Civil Liberties (Ukraine),Civic Belarus (Czech Republic),Civil Rights Defenders (Sweden),CODAP Youth Resource Centre on Human Rights (Switzerland),European Exchange (Germany),Federation for Social Defence - BSV (Germany),Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Poland),Human Rights Center "Postup"(Ukraine),Human Rights House Baku (Azerbaijan): Human Rights Centre of Azerbaijan (AHRC),Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS),Legal Education Society,Media Rights Institute, Human Rights House Oslo (Norway): Health and Human Rights Info,Human Rights House Foundation, Norwegian Helsinki Committee,Norwegian PEN, Human Rights House Tbilisi (Georgia):The Human Rights Centre (HRIDC), Article 42 of the Constitution, Human Rights House Zagreb (Croatia): APEO/UPIM – Association for Promotion of Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities, B.a.B.e. CMS - Centre for Peace Studies,Documenta - Centre for Dealing with the Past,GOLJP - Civic Committee for Human Rights,Svitanje - Association for Protection and Promotion of Mental Health, International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) (Germany),International Youth Human Rights Movement, (Russian Federation), Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights (Germany),Open Word House (United Kingdom):Article 19, Index on Censorship, People in Need (Czech Republic), Promo-LEX Association (Republic of Moldova), Russian Research Center for Human Rights (Russian Federation):Moscow Helsinki Group,The Rafto Foundation for Human Rights (Norway),Swiss German PEN Centre (Switzerland),Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (Ukraine),Young European Federalists (Belgium)
Photo: (c) Anton Motolko