The EU Council should give away the Nobel Prize to help the Belarusian civil society, some European politicians believe.
According to the website migalski.eu (translation – charter97.org), European deputy Marek Migalski reminded that human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, convicted to 4,5 years in prison, was one of the candidates to the prize.
Marek Migalski remarked that the prize’s remuneration, $ 1 mln, is not a big sum for the EU budget. But giving away the money to support the Belarusian civil society will give significant results and will help eliminate Europe’s last dictatorship.
”It’s a great shame that a dictator is ruling at the borders of the European Union,” Marek Migalski concluded.
We remind that the Nobel Peace Prize 2012 was awarded to the European Union, which was officially announced on 12 October by the Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway. The EU got the prize for having been working for peace and acceptance of democracy and human rights in Europe more than 60.
This year there have been 231 candidates for the prize. Among them – 50-year old Ales Bialiatski, the vice-president of the International Federation of Human Rights, head of the human rights center Viasna shut down by the powers. Ales Bialiatski has been in prison for more than a year.