The AAAS Science and Human Rights Program received the following information from Scholars at Risk (SAR) and has published the case through the AAAS Action Alert system. The Alert has been posted on the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program wesbite and sent out via our listserv, and will be included in the next Science and Human Rights Program newsletter.
Information from SAR follows:
Scholars at Risk calls for letters on behalf of Alyaksandr Fyaduta, Belarusian philology professor and journalist
February 24, 2011
Scholars at Risk (SAR) is concerned over reports that Dr. Alyaksandr Fyaduta, a philology professor, journalist and lecturer at the European Humanities University, is being held in prison. SAR asks for letters, faxes and emails urging the appropriate authorities to intervene to ensure his well-being pending his earliest release, including ensuring immediate and regular access to family, to legal counsel of his choosing and to medical treatment.
Scholars at Risk has learned that Dr. Fyaduta was arrested at his home on December 20, 2010. Dr. Fyaduta has reportedly been charged with Article 293, mass riot, an accusation which stems from Dr. Fyaduta’s alleged involvement in a protest that took place in Minsk, Belarus in the aftermath of the most recent presidential election. Scholars at Risk understands that, since his arrest, he has been held in custody without access to legal counsel or to medical care. This suggests apparent disregard of international standards of due process, fair trial and detention as guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Belarus is a signatory. Most alarmingly, Scholars at Risk is concerned about the treatment of the injuries Dr. Fyaduta reportedly sustained during the protest and his severe diabetic condition which requires daily medical care. In light of this, his detention without access to counsel or adequate medical support would appear to constitute a reckless disregard of his health and well-being.
Scholars at Risk therefore joins with many national and international academic associations, human rights organizations and individual scholars in respectfully urging authorities to ensure that Belarus’s obligations under international law are upheld with regard to Dr. Fyaduta. SAR respectfully urges authorities to ensure his well-being, including access to family, legal representation of his choosing, and medical treatment.
Scholars at Risk invites letters, emails and faxes be sent:
-respectfully urging authorities to ensure that Belarus’s obligations under international law are upheld with regard to Dr. Fyaduta; and
-respectfully urging authorities to ensure Dr. Fyaduta’s well-being pending his earliest release, including ensuring regular access to his family, legal counsel of his choosing and to medical treatment.
PLEASE WRITE TO:
President Alyaksandr Lukashenka
Administratsia Prezidenta Respubliki Belarus
ul.Karla Marksa, 38
Fax: +375 17 226 06 10 and
+375 17 222 38 72
The Honorable _________
Ambassador of Belarus to [YOUR COUNTRY]
(See http://www.mfa.gov.by/en/about/foreign_missions/ for contact information of embassies worldwide.)
The Honorable _________
Ambassador of [YOUR COUNTRY] to Belarus
To view a copy of SAR’s letter of appeal, please visit their website: www.scholarsatrisk.org.
This Action Alert was posted by the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program on behalf of the Scholars at Risk Network. SHRP has not independently verified its contents.