A prominent human rights defender in Belarus, Ales Bialiatski was sentenced to four and a half years of detention in a severe regime for his human rights activities. Over the last years, Ales Bialiatski has received much highly distinguished recognition for his efforts to promote human rights and democracy in Belarus. Amongst numerous other awards, Ales Bialiatski received the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize in September 2013.

Please see below articles on the awards received by Ales Bialiatski:

Ales Bialiatski – Civil Rights Defender of the Year 2014


Ales Bialiatski, founder of the Belarusian human rights organisation Viasna, is the recipient of the 2014 Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award. His wife, Natalya Pinchuk, and his colleagues of “Viasna” received the prize on his behalf at a official ceremony held on April 4 in Stockholm.

Civil Rights Defenders noted, that for over 30 years, Ales Bialiatski had pursued a life of continuous struggle to campaign for democracy and human rights, first in the Soviet Union and then in Belarus. Ales was arrested on 4 August 2011 and sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for tax evasion in a trial with clear political overtones. Since then he has been imprisoned and prevented from communicating freely with the outside world...

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Ales Bialiatski becomes an Honorary Citizen of Paris

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On December 10, Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë presented this symbolic award to Adam Bialiatski, the son of the political prisoner. The ceremony took place during a luncheon in honor of FIDH at City Hall in Paris.

Ales Bialiatski was granted the title of Honorary Citizen of Paris in October 2012 at the suggestion of the mayor and under the initiative of the City Council for the 11th arrondissment of the capital city of France.

It had always been Bertrand Delanoë’s hope to award the honorary citizenship to Ales Bialiatski in person, but the mayor’s term is ending and he understood that this would not be possible. So he decided to present this honor to the son of this prisoner of conscious on December 10, International Human Rights Day.

Witnessing the ceremony were several hundred guests...

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Ales Bialiatski receives highly symbolic Václav Havel Human Rights Prize


Paris-Minsk, 30 septembre 2013 – As the Council of Europe just announced the 2013 laureate of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, FIDH and Human Rights Centre “Viasna” express their utmost support to its recipient Ales Bialiatski, President of HRC “Viasna” and Vice President of FIDH. Prominent human rights defender in Belarus, Ales Bialiatski was sentenced to 4 and a half years of detention in severe regime in August 2011 for his human rights activities.

« This prize is particularly symbolic for Ales », explained Valiantsin Stefanovic, vice-president of Viasna. « Vaclav Havel and Bialiatski met, and a few days before he died, Václav Havel wrote a letter to Ales in prison. In it, he expressed his support to Ales and the hope that Belarus would one day be a democratic state ».


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Ales Bialiatski shortlisted for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

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Ales Bialiatski (Belarus), the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (Georgia) and the Rights Defence Network (China), are the three candidates shortlisted in Prague for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize on September 26.

The selection panel, comprising six independent figures and chaired by Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), drew up its shortlist on the basis of 27 candidatures which fulfilled the criteria for the Prize.

A reaction is needed when human rights are under threat, and this is what we do. But it is also necessary to encourage and place the spotlight on those who commit themselves to human rights, and this is something we perhaps do a little less. This is what the Prize does,” said Jean-Claude Mignon when he announced...

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Ales Bialiatski nominated for Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

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Over 30 non-governmental organizations in Poland nominated Ales Bialiatski for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.

The initiative was launched by the Polish Stefan Batory Foundation.

The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation to “reward outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond.”

On 25 March 2013, the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize was launched at a ceremony in Prague with the signature of the Co-operation Agreement by the President of the Assembly, Jean-Claude Mignon, the Director of the Václav Havel Library, Marta Smolíková, and the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Charta 77 Foundat...

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The award ceremony of the wibsite Charter97 took place in Warsaw on 1 February 2013. The event was attended by Polish and Belarusian human rights defenders, politicians, public activists and journalists.

The national prize for human rights advocacy was established by the civil initiative “Charter’97” back in 1998. Over its 15 years this prize has been awarded to many courageous fighters for the freedom of Belarus. This time, the prize “For Personal Courage” was awarded to human rights defender Ales Bialiatski; the first governor of Belarus Stanislau Shushkevich; the musician Siarhei Mikhalok; the Swedish pilots Tomas Mazetti, Per Cromwell and Hannah Frey; and the trade union leader, Henadz Fiadynich.

The prize for Ales Bialiatski was passed to him through his wife Natallia Pinchuk by the v...

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Imprisoned Belarusian human rights defender, Ales Bialiatski has been nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

Both the 50-year-old leader of Human Rights Center “Viasna” and Russian rights defender Lyudmila Alekseyeva have been put forward for the award by two Norwegian lawmakers.

“They have both defied authoritarian state structures and the illegal and illegitimate abuse of power,” said one of the two MPs, Jan Tore Sanner.

Mr. Bialiatski, who is vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights, was nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, but missed out on the award, which was bestowed on the European Union.

Mr. Bialiatski was arrested in Minsk on 4 August 2011.

On November 24, 2011, he was sentenced to four and a half years in prison on a charge of large-scale tax evasi...

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Ales Bialiatski awarded with Petra Kelly Prize

November 23, 2012

Bialiatski’s wife Natallya Pinchuk received the award on behalf of the political prisoner.

A prize-giving ceremony was held in Berlin on November 22, Radio Racja reports.

Ales Bialiarski was awarded for his efforts in protecting human rights in authoritarian Belarus.

I am here because Ales is unable to come while he is in prison. The prize is a high appreciation of his work,” Natallya Pinchuk said.

Ales Bialiatski earlier refused to accept the monetary part of the prize –  € 10,000 – and asked to spend the money on human rights activity in Belarus.

Besides Natallya Pinchuk, Ales Bialiatski’s aide Valiantin Stefanovich and head of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Aleh Hulak arrived in Berlin...

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Ales Bialiatski named Honorary Citizen of Paris

October 17, 2012

Ales Bialiatski, currently imprisoned Belarusian human rights activist, was bestowed the title of an honorary citizen of Paris.

The nomination was initiated by the Mayor of Paris and the City Council of the 11th arrondissement (Paris’ administrative district).

Ales Bialiatski was sentenced to 4,5 years in prison allegedly for tax evasion. However, the real reason for the imprisonment became his human rights activity.

In May 2012, Souhayr Belhassen (President of FIDH), Patrick Bloch (Mayor of the 11th arrondissement of Paris) and Pierre Schapira (Deputy Mayor of Paris, the Commissioner for Foreign Relations) installed a big portrait of Ales Bialiatski before the mayor’s office of the 11th arrondissement.

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Bialiatski is shortlisted for the 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

October 10, 2012

The imprisoned Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski has been nominated for the annual Sakharov Prize on August 27, 2012.

Today, foreign affairs committee and development committee voted and chose 3 finalists shortlisted for the 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought : Ales Bialiatski, Pussy Riot and Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi

The laureate will be announced on Friday October 26 following a decision of the Conference of Presidents. The award ceremony will be held on December 12 in Strasbourg.

The three finalists were chosen from five nominations made by political groups or groups of more than 40 MEPs.


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