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Bialatski Considered for Nobel Peace Prize

The 43-year old Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialatski has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize.

Belarusians have long dreamt about a Nobel prize in the field of literature, yet the first Belarusian Nobel award may be in the area of preserving peace.

This year Ales Bialatski won in Norway the Sakharov prize for his defense of human rights, and in the Czech Republic the prestigious prize "Homo Homini" ( Man to Man) from the Czech ex-president Vaclav Havel.


Ales Bialatski created one of the most significant human rights defense organizations in Belarus - the Human Rights Center "Viasna" (Spring). He has been heading it until Belarus' justice ministry liquidated it recently. His work in "Viasna" made him the central figure in the community of non-governmental organizations and in the opposition movement. The authorities sued him dozens of times.

However, this year the most probable candidate for the Nobel peace prize is Marti Ahtisaari, ex-premier of Finland, who is now heading the "Anti-crisis Initiative," a non-governmental organization, involved in mediating inter-state conflicts.

Source: Nasha Niva, May 19 -25, 2006.

This article appeared in
Belarusian Review, Vol. 18, No. 2
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