TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - The first European to win the John
Humphrey Award, exiled Belarusian presidential candidate, Ales
Michalevic, will visit Toronto tomorrow, Thursday, November 24th, as part of his cross country speaking tour.
A candidate in the 2010 Belarusian presidential election, Mr. Michalevic
was arrested and wrongfully imprisoned by the government at the end of
his campaign. He was held for more than two months and subjected to
torture for the duration. Since March 2011, he has been living in exile
in the Czech Republic and Poland after fleeing Belarus for fear of
reprisals and his life.
During his time in Toronto, Mr. Michalevic will speak with various
groups, including Belarusians living in Toronto, about issues related
to human rights and democracy in Belarus. On Thursday November 24th,
Mr. Michalevic will be recognized for his courage and commitment to
freedom of expression at the Canadian Journalists for Freedom of
Expression Gala. On Friday, November 25th, he will speak to students
and academics at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global
His stop in Toronto is part of Mr. Michalevic's tour of major Canadian
For more information, please visit www.dd-rd.ca and www.michalevic.org.
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