September 13, 2012
Ales Bialiatski, the imprisoned Belarusian human rights activist, was nominated for the European Parliament Prize For Freedom of Thought named after Andrei Sakharov. The list of nominees is posted on the web-site of the European Parliament.
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, the Polish deputy who initiated the nomination, signed for the nomination of Bialiatski for the Prize, so did other 82 deputies of the European Parliament.
His great civic courage in the fight for fundamental and universal democratic values is a source of inspiration for many across the globe. His virtuous and unflinching commitment to the cause of freedom of thought and expression in the face of shameless persecution inflicted by the Belarusian authorities is a true reflection of the philosophy of Andrei Sakharov.
The prize, named after the Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov (1921-1989), has been awarded since 1988 to individuals or organizations who have made an important contribution to the fight for human rights or democracy. It is worth €50,000, and previous winners have included Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi,and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his entire staff.