Greetings to Ales Bialiatski!


Ales Bialiatski, imprisoned Head of the Viasna Human Rights Centre and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is spending his 50th birthday on 25 September in prison. 

Viasna is calling on us all to send our warmest greetings and wishes, including of course for his release. 

Please tell others and, if you can, begin your own actions.


1. Send a birthday card:

213807, 1 vul. Sikorskaha, Babruisk, Mahiliou Voblasts, penal colony No. 2, unit No.14, Ales Viktaravich Bialiatski 

2. Send a birthday telegram:

Just dial 166 when you are in Minsk and your Belarusian or Russian are good enough (you will have to specify the recipient’s patronymic).   

3. Send your photo with greetings for Ales:

e-mail:   – the photos will be published in a birthday booklet to be sent to Ales. 

4. Send a birthday letter through the online service

Write your birthday greetings online, to be sent by regular mail free of charge by a team of volunteers.

5. Post Ales’s photo as your userpic in social networks:

You will thus call your friends to join the birthday week actions.

Download userpic samples:

Ales Bialiatski was convicted of “tax evasion” in November 2011 and sentenced to 4.5 years.  The charges, condemned throughout the democratic world, were in connection with accounts opened and used to transfer money from abroad to Belarus to help victims of political repression, since Viasna was officially dissolved by the Belarusian regime in 2003.

There was outrage and consternation when it was discovered that both the Lithuanian Justice Ministry and the Polish Prosecutor General’s Office gave information about accounts to the Belarusian authorities

In December 2011 Bialiatski was named Human Rights Defender of the Year by leading Belarusian human rights organizations named Ales Bialiatski Human Rights Defender of the Year.

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