Ales Bialiatski receives reprimands in prison
The human rights activist told about the pressure he faced in prison. Ales Bialiatski, imprisoned head of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, wrote about it in a letter to human rights activist Valiantsin Stefanovich:
“I already had a reprimand and an extra duty. I feel they won't be the last. In general, it turned out I am far from being a good inmate.” Ales Bialiatski's behavior cannot be considered good by the prison staff because he refuses to recognize his guilt, doesn't belong to amateur talent groups and has a reprimand.
Ales Bialiatski's meeting with his wife was reduced from 3 days to one. He is allowed to receive food parcels of 15 kg instead of the previous 30. The human rights activist was also forbidden to get extra 5 kg of fruit in summer.
Valiantin Stefanovich worries that prison authorities try to make a “malicious offender” from Ales ahead of adopting the law on amnesty, thus depriving him of an opportunity to be released. In this regard, human rights activists demand the administration of Babrusk penal colony # 2 to stop ungrounded pressure on Ales Bialiatski and remind that the Belarusian community, international organizations and politicians keep a close eye on the situation of the human rights defender.
It should be noted that most of political prisoners have disciplinary sanctions. Mikalai Autukhovich, Mikalai Statkevich and Yauhen Vaskovich were sentenced to stricter confinement conditions; Mikalai Dzyadok was moved to a cell-type facility for 6 months. These measures pursue the only aim to deprive political prisoners of the right to amnesty and early release.