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Ales Bialiatski Nobel laureate prison Belarus

Published on March 04, 2023

Current Context: Ales Bialiatski is a Belarusian human rights activist and one of the winners of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize. He founded the Viasna human rights centre, which documented abuses by the authoritarian regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. 

Ales Bialiatski Nobel laureate prison Belarus

  • He was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday by a court in Minsk on charges of smuggling and financing anti-government protests. He denied the charges and said they were politically motivated. His trial was condemned by the European Union as a "sham" and a "tragedy" by his supporters.
  • He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work promoting human rights and democracy in Belarus. He founded Viasna, a human rights group that documented abuses by the authoritarian regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. He also won the Right Livelihood Award in 2020, widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize".
  • Ales Bialiatski was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a court in Minsk on Friday. He was convicted of smuggling and financing "actions grossly violating public order", which he denied. His trial was condemned by the European Union as a "sham". He is one of the four Nobel Peace Prize winners for 2022.

Question:

Q.1 What was Ales Bialiatski convicted of by a Belarusian court in 2023?
a. Tax evasion 
b. Financing protests and smuggling money 
c. Spying for foreign powers 
d. Organizing terrorist attacks

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