Belarus arrests leading human rights activist

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A prominent Belarusian human rights defender, Ales Bialatski, has been arrested in the capital, Minsk.

Ravina Shamdasani of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says her office is concerned about his well-being.

Bialatski is the President of Viasna, a human rights centre, and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights.

There have been worrying reports of harassment of human rights activists by the government, says Shamdasani.

The OHCHR spokesperson reminds the Belarus government that it has an obligation to ensure the activists' rights and freedoms.

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