Organizing committee of 29 people nominates Ales Bialiatski for Nobel Peace Prize

October 3, 2011 – President of the human rights center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski, being for two months under arrest in connection with charges of taxes evasion, is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012. This was stated by members of the international campaign in defense of Ales Bialiatski at a press conference in Minsk.

Head of the “Belarusian Association of Journalists” Zhanna Litvina explaines that Ales Bialiatski has been decided to nominate for the prize of peace, as he is a very courageous, open and honest man, reports Telegraf correspondent.
“He could leave Belarus to avoid being arrested, but he decided to stay at home and face the fate. Society has lost a lot without Bialiatski as defenders have taken care of the repressed,” said Zhanna Litvina.

The international committee on the nomination of Ales Beliatski for the Nobel Peace Prize includes 29 people. They are the head and founder of Moscow Helsinki Group, Liudmila Alekseeva, member of the Bundestag Marie-Louise Beck, former head of the OSCE mission in Minsk Hans-Georg Wieck, chairman of the BNR Ivonka Survilla, as well as human rights activists from Norway, USA, Sweden and Amnesty International.

Belarusians Deserve to Have their Own Nobel Prize Winner, Milinkevich

In turn, the leader of the Movement “For Freedom” Aliaksandr Milinkevich said that the Belarusians, fighting for their rights and struggling with fear for so many years, deserve a Nobel Prize winner to among them.

“For me, Bialiatski meets all the criteria: a man of strong spirit who sets a good example of a real man. We must all support this man to make him an example and a symbol for the struggling people,” said Aliaxandr Milinkevich.

Lawyers will Demand to Release Bialiatski on Recognizance not to Leave, Stefanovich

Deputy Chairman of “Viasna” Valentin Stefanovich also said that Ales Beliatski’s lawyer might ask to change the preventive measure for release on recognizance not to leave, as the actions of the human rights defender do not constitute a crime.

“At the international level, the government failed to present the case of Beliatski as a criminal one; the European Parliament and the EU explicitly demand for his release. The trial could begin in the second half of October. It may be a close trial,” said Valentin Stefanovich.

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