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Belarus activist conviction “politically motivated”

Headline Title:  Belarus activist conviction “politically motivated” 24 November 2011 The Belarusian authorities must immediately release a prominent human rights activist convicted today on politically motivated financial charges, Amnesty International said today.  Ales Bialiatski, head of the Human Rights Centre Viasna (Spring), was sentenced by a court in Minsk to four and a half years for “concealment of income on a large scale”. Viasna has been monitoring human rights compliance in Belarus since 1996, and assisted opposition activists detained after the disputed Belarusian…

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