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Prisoner awarded new human rights prize for aiding dissidents in Belarus
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, September 30, 2013 12:42 PM EDT
A jailed Belarusian activist has been named the winner of a new human rights prize.
The prize was given by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The council is a major human rights organization.
Vyasna has provided legal assistance to thousands of Belarusians who were fined, arrested or imprisoned for challenging President Alexander Lukashenko's authoritarian policies. Lukashenko has been dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by some in the West.
Vyasna spokeswoman Tatyana Revyako said the prize could help raise pressure for Bialiatski's release.