The City of Genoa gave the chairman of Human Rights Center "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski honorary citizenship.
Italian public thus expressed its concern about the human rights situation in Belarus, in particular, the existence of the death penalty, restrict media freedom, civil and political rights, and support for Belarusian human rights activists — the website of the Human Rights Centre "Spring. "
Honorary certificate Belarusian human rights activist awarded the Mayor of Genoa March Vintsenzi (Marta Vincenzi). At the award ceremony, which took place on July 15 at the Palace Tours, attended the public Genoa, deputies of the Italian parliament, journalists, youth.
Ales Bialiatski notes that it is a title of honor — as a sign of support for the unregistered Human Rights Centre "Viasna" and all Belarusian human rights defenders and champions of democracy in the country.
Genoa given honorary citizenship one person for the year. This status over the years awarded such world-renowned figures as former president of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize Lech Walesa (1990), former President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev (1996), twice Prime Minister, the President of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize Shimon Peres (1998).