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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: Finalist for the 2014 Front Line Defenders Award


February 10 the international organization Front Line Defenders presented the Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the first of six finalists for the 10th annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk, awarded in collaboration with medyyasetkay “Al Jazeera.”

Front Line Defenders stated in its press-release on the topic:

Ales Bialiatski
is chairman of Human Rights Centre ‘Viasna’, one of the biggest human rights groups in Belarus which campaigns against the death penalty, torture and ill-treatment and on behalf of political prisoners. The organisation was forcibly closed down in 2003 and barred from holding a bank account in Belarus. This left its members open to prosecution for working for an unregistered organisation...

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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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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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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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