Aliaksandr Bialiatski

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Aliaksandr Bialiatski "is the founder and head of human rights center Viasna and a Vice-president of FIDH (Fédération internationale des droits de l'Homme). Despite being officially shut down by the Supreme Court in 2003, Viasna is one of the few remaining organizations that continues to offer direct support to persecuted individuals and their families in Belarus, as well as practical and political assistance to other victims. Althought not a politican, Bialiatski’s advocacy has made him a central opposition figure in the country and the authorities have taken him to court in at least 20 instances. Bialiatski is the 2006 recipient of the Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award." [1]

In 2006 "Belarussian opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich received the European Union's top human rights award — the Sakharov Prize — in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday for his fight for democracy in Belarus.

"Milinkevich dedicated his prize to fellow dissident Alexander Kozulin, imprisoned since this spring's protests, who ended a hunger strike Tuesday after refusing food for 54 days. "This prize is, of course, his," Milinkevich said." [2]

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  1. Aliaksandr Bialiatski, oslofreedomforum, accessed February 16, 2010.
  2. Alexander Milinkevich Receives Top EU Award, Associated Press, accessed August 24, 2007.