Belarus – Arrest of Leanid Sudalenka (18 January 2021)


France noted with concern the arrest on January 18 of Leanid Sudalenka, a member of the Viasna Human Rights Center and winner of the French Republic’s "Liberty-Equality-Fraternity" Human Rights Prize in 2018.

We call for his immediate release as well as an end to all proceedings against members of the NGO Viasna, which won the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize in 2020.

France reaffirms its solidarity with the Belarusian people. It calls on the authorities to put an end to the violence and politically motivated charges and arrests and to launch a genuine dialogue with all components of Belarusian society.