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 laureate of the 2012 Lech Wałęsa Award

September 28, 2012

In 2012, the Lech Wałęsa Award was given in recognition of the Laureate’s actions for democratisation of the Republic of Belarus, his active promotion of human rights and aid provided for persons currently persecuted by Belarusian authorities.

The laureate of the 2012 Lech Wałęsa Award is Ales Bialiatski

Ales Bialiatski is a Belarusian social activist, politician and human rights defender. He heads “Viasna” Human Rights Centre and is the Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights. The two organisations support families of political prisoners in Belarus, providing them with legal and financial assistance. Mr Bialiatski is also an active member of organisations advocating for human rights in Belarus...

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Ambassador Feinstein Presents 2011 Human Rights Defenders Award for Ales Bialiatski

On September 25, 2012 on behalf of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Ambassador to Poland Lee A. Feinstein presented the 2011 Human Rights Defenders Award for Ales Bialiatski to his wife, Natalya Pinchuk. The ceremony took place at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador. 

Ales Bialiatski is currently a political prisoner in Belarus, where he is serving a four and a half-year sentence for his efforts to defend human rights and promote democracy.  Ambassador Lee Feinstein read a message from Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton recognizing Mr. Bialiatski for his achievements, commitment, and courage. 

About Ales Bialiatski

Ales Bialiatski  is currently serving a four-and-a-half year prison sentence for his selfless activism on behalf...

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Ales Bialiatski wins the 2011 Human Rights Defenders Award


U.S. Department of State

May 18, 2012

Winners of the Human Rights Defenders Award

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that Ales Bialiatski of Belarus and Uganda’s Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law are the joint winners of the 2011 Human Rights Defenders Award.  This award recognizes individuals or non-governmental organizations that show exceptional valor and leadership in advocating the protection of human rights and democracy in the face of government repression.

Ales Bialiatski has bravely advocated on behalf of victims of political oppression and their families despite harassment by the Government of Belarus...
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Ales Bialiatski wins Norwegian ‘Freedom of Expression’ award

March 25, 2012

The imprisoned leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski has been awarded the Freedom of Expression award by the Norwegian Authors´ Union (“Den norske Forfatterforening”).

The award is to promote the activities of human rights defenders, journalists and writers who fight for freedom of expression in unfree countries. According to the Norwegian Authors´ Union, the award is recognition of Ales Bialiatski’s work and the high objectives pursued by Viasna activists.

“It will be a great surprise for my husband, when I will write about to him upon my return,” said Ales Bialiatski’s wife Natallia Pinchuk at the award ceremony in Oslo on March 25.


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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.


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The honorable guest is unable to attend the Politiken Freedom Prize awarding ceremony

This was repeated again and again during the ceremony in Copenhagen on 14 November, at which the Danish edition Politiken awarded its Freedom Prize to Ales Bialiatski and the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, headed by him. A poster with a graphic portrait of Ales Bialiatski hung on the wall to symbolize the symbolic presence of the prize-holder.

The prize was accepted by Valiantsin Stefanovich on behalf of “Viasna”. “Many well-known people have received prizes of this leading Danish newspaper, including Garry Kasparov from Russia. This year the Prize Committee decided to award Ales Bialiatski and “Viasna”. The ceremony was held in the newspaper’s house...
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Ales Bialiatski has been given an award « For Courage and the Struggle for Freedom »

 October 2, 2011 – At the closing ceremonies of the 5th International Human Rights Film Festival in Bishkek, Ales Bialiatski, the head of the Human Rights Center Viasna, and the Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) was given an award for Courage and the Struggle for Freedom.

The Festival’s organizers presented the award for the human rights defender, who is currently under politically motivated detention, to a member of the international jury from Belarus Palina Stsiapanenka

As a sign of the solidarity of human rights defenders, today, the theater Manas, showed the participants and viewers a documentary about this distinguished individual and his efforts – “Ales Bialiatski’ Candle of Truth”, directed by Palina Stsiapanenka.


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