Human rights organisation searched by the KGB

On Monday the 17th of January the Committee for State Security, KGB, searched the Human Rights Centre Viasna for the third time in just one month. Events related to the Belarusian election on the 19th of December 2010 were stated as reasons in the search warrant. Ales Bialiatski, President of Human Rights Centre Viasna, was taken by the KGB but released the same day.

– The Belarusian regime is trying to break the civil society and silence critical voices. The harassment of human rights organisations and activists has continued without interruption since the election. The incident on Monday was just the last one in a row of different harassments, said Marie Månson, Civil Rights Defenders Programme Director.

The first time Viasna’s office was searched was on the night of the election. A second search was conducted the day after. During the second search, ten of Viasna’s members were in the office working on a countrywide analysis of material collected by 600 election monitors on Election Day. The ten members were temporarily arrested and all computers and documents were seized.

According to the independent Belarusian news agency, BelaPAN, Ales Bialiatski’s apartment and country house were also searched on Monday the 17th. Ales Bialiatski states to Civil Rights Defenders that he is well and that he has not been mistreated in any way.

Categories: News.
Tags: Ales Bialiatski, Harassment, Presidential election 2010, and Viasna.
Regions: Belarus.