Friday, October 7, 2022

Ales Bialiatski who won the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize is still in KGB jail

 The winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are the head of the Belarusian Center for Human Rights, Viasna Ales Bialatsky, the Russian organization investigating Stalinist crimes Memorial, and the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties announced the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday.

"Bialiatski is being held in inhumane conditions, and we hope that the prize will help free him and thousands of other prisoners from the cells of Lukashenka and the KGB," - said Franak Vyachorka, adviser to the Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Cichanouska.

After the presidential elections in Belarus in 2020 were not considered fair and the wave of repression that followed, the Viasna organization became the target of an attack by the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka. Bialacki and several other activists were imprisoned on criminal charges.

"We have not been able to contact Ales Bialacki, who is in a Belarusian prison for his opposition activities, to convey to him the news of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize" - admitted Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday.

"I hope that this message will reach him and give him new courage. Now news travels around the world fast,"- Reiss-Andersen said.