Ales Bialiatski Receives Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize
Freedom House congratulates Ales Bialiatski, his family and all of his supporters, on receiving the prestigious Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, awarded by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Bialiatski, 51, has been serving a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence since 2011 as a result of a politicized charge that is widely regarded as punishment for his brave human rights work in Belarus. Freedom House formally supported his nomination for the prize.
President of the Viasna Human Rights Center and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Ales Bialiatski has dedicated 20 years of his life to protecting and aiding victims of human rights abuses in Belarus and abroad. He has received worldwide recognition and multiple awards for his work, including the Sakharov Prize for the Freedom of Thought (2006) and the U.S. State Department Human Rights Defenders Award (2011). Bialiatski is one of ten political prisoners currently behind bars in Belarus and has been recognized as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.
Freedom House joins Ales’s colleagues, friends and family in celebrating his courage and dedication to supporting human rights and fundamental freedoms. On this important day, we reiterate our call for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Belarus.
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