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Mandela, Annan and… Pussy Riot

Martijn Groenewold

Ales Bialiatski is a Belarussian human and civil rights activist, imprisoned by the Lukashenko regime. He founded the so called Viasna Human Rights Center in Belarus, to provide political prisoners and their families with legal and financial support. His main goal is to achieve freedom of speech and expression in his country. This noble goal and his efforts for this has made him one of the nominees for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, a yearly prize rewarded by the European Parliament to people who do exceptional efforts to improve freedom of thought and expression in their country.

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