Ales Bialiatski

Ales Bialiatski is a Belarusian human rights defender, founding member (in 1996) and head of Viasna Human Rights Centre. He is the vice president of the International Federation for Human Rights. Bialiatski has received the Homo Homini Award and the Per Anger Prize for his efforts in promoting human rights and democracy. He was arrested by Belarusian authorities on tax evasion charges on 4 August 2011 and sentenced to 4.5 years in prison on 24 November. A scholar of Belarusian literature, Ales Bialiatski was a founding member of the Tutejshyja Association of Young Writers and served as the group's chair from 1986–1989. Actively involved in anti-Soviet protests in the 1980s, he helped organize a memorial ceremony at Kurapaty, the site of thousands of killings by the NKVD in the late 1930s. Bialiatski was also one of the founding members of the Belarusian Popular Front.