Polish Foreign Office awards Ales Bialiatski

Minister Radoslaw Sikorski presented the award to Mr. Bialiatski’s wife, Natallya Pinchuk, in Warsaw on December 12. This is a special award of the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs founded for human rights defenders.

Mr. Sikorski described the award as a token of support for the Belarusian pro-democratic community and the recognition of Mr. Bialiatski’s work.

The Polish minister expressed certainty that democratic changes may happen in Belarus. “The Belarusians expressed their will a year ago in Kastrychnitskaya Square in Minsk, where a demonstration against the false results of the presidential election took place,” he was quoted as saying.

Mrs. Pinchuk expressed gratitude to Warsaw for its recognition and support: “This award is a sign of respect for Ales, a sign of the recognition of his considerable contribution to the development of the human rights movement”.

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