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Belarusian opposition leader Ales Bialiatski awarded “Alternative Nobel Prize”

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Belarusian opposition leader Ales Bialiatski awarded'Alternative Nobel Prize'

Award organizers &# 171; For a correct lifestyle&# 187; noted the efforts of Bialiatski in the fight for democracy and human rights

A prominent Belarusian opposition figure on Thursday was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”.

The head of the Swedish foundation of the same name, which is behind the award, Ole von Ixskühl, said the decision “underscores the growing threats to democracy around the world.”.

“The time has come when all those who support democracy around the world should rise up and support each other,” he said.

The Foundation commended 58-year-old human rights defender Ales Bialiatski and the non-governmental Human Rights Center Viasna headed by him “for their determined struggle for the realization of democracy and human rights in Belarus”.

In 2014, he was released early after spending almost three years in prison. In November 2011, Bialiatski was found guilty of tax evasion and sentenced to four and a half years in prison. Western governments condemned the trial as political revenge.

In 2012, Bialiatski was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and was awarded several awards while in prison. His human rights center provided legal assistance to thousands of Belarusian citizens arrested or imprisoned for challenging the rule of President Alexander Lukashenko.

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