Ales Bialiatski

Belarusian activist, Nobel laureate

Ales Viktaravich Bialiatski[a] (Belarusian: Алесь Віктаравіч Бяляцкі, romanized: Alieś Viktaravič Bialiacki; born 25 September 1962) is a Belarusian pro-democracy activist and prisoner of conscience. He is known for his work with the Viasna Human Rights Centre. He is a well known activist for Belarusian independence and democracy since the early 1980s.

Ales Bialiatski
Алесь Бяляцкі
Bialiatski in 2014
Born (1962-09-25) 25 September 1962 (age 61)
Other namesAliaksandr Bialiatski[source?]
EducationGomel State University (BA)
EmployerViasna Human Rights Centre
SpouseNatallia Pinchuk

Bialiatski is a founding member of Viasna and the Belarusian Popular Front. He is also a member of the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition.

In 2022, Bialiatski was awarded the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize, along with the organisations Memorial and Centre for Civil Liberties.[1]

Bialiatski has been in prison twice.[2] The first time was from 2011 to 2014. His second time has been since 2021 because of charges of tax evasion, but many see his arrest as politically motivated.[3] On 3 March 2023, a Belarusian court sentenced Bialiatski to prison for 10 years.[4][5]

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  1. Alternatively transliterated as Ales Bialacki, Ales Byalyatski, Alies Bialiacki, and Alex Belyatsky

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  1. Picheta, Rob (2022-10-07). "Human rights advocates from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus share Nobel Peace Prize". CNN. Retrieved 2022-10-08.
  2. Kruope, A. (7 October 2021). "Belarus Authorities 'Purge' Human Rights Defenders". HRW. Archived from the original on 7 April 2022. Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  3. "Ales Bialiatski: Who is the Nobel Peace Prize winner?". BBC. 2022-10-07. Retrieved 2022-10-08.
  4. "Belarus court jails Nobel Peace Prize winner Bialiatski for 10 years". Reuters. 2023-03-03. Retrieved 2023-03-03.
  5. "Ales Bialiatski: Nobel Prize-winning activist sentenced to 10 years in jail". BBC News. 2023-03-03. Retrieved 2023-03-03.