The outstanding Czech politician Václav Havel agreed to join the International Committee for the support of Nomination of the arrested human rights activist Ales Bialatski for the Nobel Peace Prize-2012.
The former Czech president declared his decision to join the International Committee in his letter to Alaksandr Milinkevich. The leader of the Movement For Freedom (MFF) has previously sent the corresponding proposal to Havel on behalf of the initiative group.
In his letter, Havel emphasizes that he gladly joins the international initiative for the support of Ales Bialatski’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, and will write a supporting letter when needed. He has also noted that the members of the Czech organisation called Civil Belarus, that has been working with Belarusian civil society for a long time, will conduct a joint campaign for the support of Ales Bialatski in the Czech Republic.
“We are very glad to receive a positive answer from the legend of fight for freedom and democracy in our region. We are waiting for answers from several other significant figures, and are preparing further steps of the campaign for the support of Ales Bialatski”, pointed out advisor to the MFF Chairman Ales Lahviniec, who represents the MFF in the initiative group together with Milinkevich.
The International Organizing Committee currently includes the following persons: Chairperson of the Moscow Helsinki Group Ludmila Alekseeva, President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Souhayr Belhassen, Executive Director of the Human Rights House Network Maria Dahle (Norway), President of the National Endowment for Democracy Carl Gershman (USA), Executive Director of the Freedom House David J. Kramer (USA), President of the European Humanitarian University Anatol Mikhaylau, President of the Belarusian People’s Republic Council Ivonka Survilla, deputy of Bundestag Marieluise Beck, German diplomat Hans-Georg Wieck, as well as the leaders of major human rights organisations of Scandinavian countries and Poland.