2011 23/11

On November 22 and 23, 2011 hearings on the case of the head of the human rights center “Viasna”, vice-president of the International Federation on Human Rights Ales Bialiatsky continued in Minsk.

The International Observation Mission of the Committee on International Control over the situation with the Human Rights in Belarus informed about the process. Recent hearings have been devoted to the defense response to new charges formulations (which, as was noted earlier, in fact, remained unchanged, compared with the initial ones), arguments of the parties, and also the last word Ales Bialiatsky as a defendant was heard.

Day 1 – http://by.prava-by.info/archives/7370 # more-7370

Day 2 – http://by.prava-by.info/archives/7394 # more-7394

Day 3 – http://by.prava-by.info/archives/7405

Day 4 – http://by.prava-by.info/archives/7497 # more-7497

Day 5 – http://by.prava-by.info/archives/7526 # more-7526 and  photo-report on Licviny-INFA

The course of the hearing of November 22, 2011: see here

The course of the hearing November 23, 2011

The prosecutor’s speech: see here

The lawyer’s speech: see here

“Last statement” of Ales Bialiatsky: see here

According to statements of the observers and experts (Sasha Kulayeva – FIDH, Aleh Arlou – HRC “Memorial”, Valiantsin Stefanovich – HRC “Viasna”) after the hearing, the accusation is striking with its groundlessness. The evidences are not real evidences; they only show political will behind this process and lack of basic attempts to adhere to the norms of law.

In their opinion, the international response to the verdict on Bialiatsky’s case will be pretty tough, and Russia is also expected to intervene in the situation. Not only Ales Bialiatsky himself is getting under the impact of possible indictment, but the entire organization “Viasna”, headquartered in the apartment, formally owned by Ales.

One can guess that the purpose of the trial is to paralyze the activity of the largest Belarusian human rights organization.

The position of the International Observation Mission

Assessing all the given facts, the International Observation Mission of the Committee on International Control over the situation with the Human Rights in Belarus reported that:

1. The investigation showed weak evidence and relied on a number of inadmissible evidence. If subjected to a fair trial, the prosecution would have completely collapsed.

2. The situation investigated in the process is a direct consequence of the existing political situation in Belarus and, above all, repression of human rights organizations in the legal field violating of international obligations of Belarus;

3. The acquittal is still the only worthy solution of the situation for the Belarusian authorities;

4. The guilty verdict will be the concrete unambiguous signal that basic principles of human rights and the rule of law is ignored in Belarus, obstacles to the human rights activities are created, and the decisive factor in the trial are political considerations, rather than the rule of law.

Quoting hrwatch-by.org,
Prepared by Ales LETA,
Belarusian Legal Portal,

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