Nobel winner Bialiatski jailed in Belarus for a decade, sparking outcry
Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights activist Ales Bialiatski was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday (3 March) by a court in his native Belarus which found him guilty of financing protests in a ruling condemned by Germany as a “farce”.
Human rights campaigners of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine win Nobel Peace Prize
Jailed Belarusian activist Ales Bialiatski, Russian organisation Memorial and Ukrainian group Center for Civil Liberties won the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday (7 October), highlighting the significance of civil society for peace and democracy.
Footage from the cramped Minsk court showed Bialiatski, who co-founded the Viasna (Spring) human rights group, looking sombre, his hands cuffed behind his back, as he and his co-defendants watched proceedings from a courtroom cage.
Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said Bialiatski and three other activists sentenced in the same trial – one of whom was tried in absentia – had been unfairly convicted, and described the verdict as “appalling”.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock called the trial “a farce”.