2014 08/04

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” issued another review-chronicles “Human rights situation in Belarus in 2013”.

Author of a 300-page book Tatsiana Raviaka said in the interview to Radio Svaboda, that 2013 would be remembered by preservation and strengthening of human rights violations: “If it was made of iron, in 2013 it would become rusty”.

“Viasna” has been issuing chronicles of human rights violations since 1998. Only in 2011 there was no publication – it was a difficult period, mostly because of the arrest of Ales Bialiatski. But after, a tradition to publish collections has resumed. And I think it is very important – to fix the violation. Life goes by, and events get forgotten. But we keep on contributing to the history of human rights”, – said Tatsiana Raviaka.

The human rights activist shared her Top-4 violations of human rights, which would be remembered in 2013.

1. Political prisoners. “The fact that they exist is a fact of discrimination of people for dissent, for disagreeing with official policy. During 2013, Belarus had 11 people serving sentences for political reasons”.

2. Death penalty. “It makes Belarus the black hole in Europe in the field of human rights”.

3. Lack of freedom of expression. “It affects the whole aspect of human rights violations – the expression in the media, the demonstration of disagreement in the streets, uniting into groups and organizations”.

4. Administrative preventive detentions. “During 2013 in Belarus 46 people got under administrative detention, some of them – for 1 time, and some – for 4-5 times during the year. And it is a disappointing trend, because in 2014 there are 31 of such people, but the year has just begun. This means that any manifestation of public activity is completely suppressed by the state. It is particularly outrageous that people are detained preventively only because the authorities admit that a person can participate in any action”.

Along with the information dedicated to political prisoners, the book describes in detail the violations committed against the vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights and Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski.

“Ales Bialiatski is a chairman of our organization, and it is clear that when we were preparing the issue, it was difficult to avoid some subjectivity. But, on the other hand, the example of Ales given in the book pictures what is happening to other political prisoners in the country. Ales’s situation is unique in the sense that he is not a politician, he has a different status. In the whole history of our observations no one was treated like Ales. He’s in complete isolation, he is forbidden to talk to other prisoners, can not even say hello. It turns out that his stay in the colony was transformed into “isolation in isolation”. Despite this, he writes many letters, published the book “Sanctified by Belarushchyna”, – said Tatsiana Raviaka.

According to Radio Svaboda
Prepared by Ales LETA
Belarusian Legal Portal

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