Welcoming the Release of Ales Byalyatski

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 21, 2014

The United States welcomes the release today of Ales Byalyatski as a positive development. Byalyatski received the State Department's 2011 Human Rights Defenders Award for his work advocating for victims of political repression and their families in Belarus. We reiterate our call for the Government of Belarus to immediately and unconditionally release all the political prisoners who remain in detention and restore their political rights. These actions would pave the way for normalization of relations between the United States and Belarus. We stand with the people of Belarus and reaffirm our readiness to help them build a democratic, prosperous, and truly independent European state.